neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids were in introduced in the early 1990’s, they replaced more harmful and damaging chemicals. Neonicotinoids are a systematic insecticide chemical which are soluble in water. Being soluble means they are easily absorbed into every cell in a plant, making all parts of the plant poisonous to pests.

Bees and neonicotinoids

Study claims pesticides could harm bees

Neonicotinoids, often known as neonics, are chemical ingredients used in some garden and agricultural insecticides. They are systemic, meaning that they’re absorbed into cells throughout a plant – making all…

Bee numbers are in serious decline (credit: Friends of the Earth)

Neonic sprays don’t harm bees, says BBKA

Gardeners who have been ditching chemicals in a bid to save stricken honey bees may have been wasting their time. In a shock move, the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), which…

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Neonicotinoids: AG staff debate bees and sprays

Environment groups claim certain insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, are leading to the decline of bees, which pollinate many vital food crops. The chemicals remain legal and approved for garden use.…

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Monty Don’s anger at no ban on neonicotinoids

Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don has slammed an EU decision not to ban garden sprays that campaigners have linked with bee decline. “I am incandescent about the government’s shameful decision not to…

Many retailers have been reviewing their pesticide offer

Now Wilkinson stops selling neonicotinoids

Environment campaigners say retailers have rallied behind their campaign to strip store shelves of sprays linked to bee decline. Up to 2,000 outlets have removed neonicotinoids (neonics) from sale –…

Bee populations are in decline (credit: Wikimedia)

Soil Association calls for chemical ban

The Soil Association has clashed with a chemical firm after calling on the government to ban sprays it claims are killing off honey and bumble bees. Campaigners told the House…

Bees colonies have declined (credit: WikiMedia)

Concern over pesticides and bee death

Gardeners are set to come under more pressure to ditch a group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, due to worries over bee colony death. An investigation at Reading University, backed…