2012 may be seen as the year when it finally dawned on people in the UK that bees needed protection. High profile campaigns were launched by Friends of the Earth, by the Soil Association and by Buglife aimed at raising awareness of the threats bees face. Several scientific studies were published showing that the behaviour of bees could be affected by the widely used insecticides, the neonicotinoids. The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons initiated an investigation into Insects and Insecticides and this is currently gathering evidence. No one can predict the outcome of the investigation or the effect on policy.
I wanted to gather together some of the strands of this story and so I have written a blog post (The truth about pesticides and bees?) for the blogging network, Occam’s Typewriter.