Bees, Pollen Beetle Thresholds, And Insecticides

I would like a complete overhaul of the system for approving and using insecticides.  I see this as one of the issues we need to address in order to help bees and other pollinators.

I believe that if farmers had access to unbiased information and education, the use of insecticides would be reduced.  Crops can tolerate and recover from a certain level of 'pest' infestation.  Insecticides are expensive, and in some cases, crops can be monitored to identify threshold levels, so that in theory, insecticide should only be applied once that threshold has been exceeded.

But research suggests that many farmers are applying insecticide anyway. I'm concerned that part of the reason for this, is because they receive so much information from those with a vested interest in selling insecticide.  I wrote about this issue here (opens a new window).

I'd like to ask you, please to share the following image as widely as you can, in order to help raise awareness of this point.

Please post it onto Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media outlets you are engaged with.  Email it to your contacts.

Target: your local MP, beekeeping group, conservation group, council, farmers and friends.

By raising awareness of this issue, we may gradually encourage farmers to think abuot the amount of insecticide they are using, the cost to them, and their sources of information.  Eventually, we may see positive change.


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