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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Protecting bees from pesticides
The unsafe use of pesticides can kill bees. Bees are insects. Consequently, preparations that are designed to kill insects (insecticides) will be dangerous for bees if applied incorrectly or in a manner that allows bees to come into contact with the insecticide. Herbicides designed to kill flowering plants considered to be weeds, potentially reduce the foraging posssibilities for bees. When a colony of bees is weakened or killed the beekeeper loses a valuable resource and nearby farmers lose the extra crop yields caused by bees' pollinating activity. The beekeeper can help reduce bee poisoning in different ways:
Protecting bees from other environmental dangers
A significant threat to bees is loss, fragmentation and deterioration of habitat. Landscapes which are dominated by mono-cultures are unsuitable for bees as they need a diverse diet to remain healthy, and they require plants which flower at different times of the year - so there is always food available. Forest and bush fires and opportunistic honey hunting that destroys the bees' nests can also have a negative impact on the survival of individual colonies. A thriving beekeeping industry is central to protecting habitats as it encourages people to act as advocates for the bees and their environment. It also establishes a cash value which can help others to understand the value of the bees to those who exploit them. Some of this cash value can be measured in the extra crop yield that nearby farmers will enjoy because of the bees pollination activity.
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Bees for Development Journal Issue 117, published December 2015
Ian Staples Ulrich Broker, published 30/11/2009, Bees for Development 96 PDF on this website
Article (pdf file) in English