Bees for Development
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 helthy, 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.
List of Articles available on this topic (13):
A world without bees
Benjamin, A. McCallum, B.
Global honey bee colony disorders and other threats to insect pollinators
How one hundred people spent the night under a bee tree
Bees for Development
Jeff goes to London
Low-cost homes for wild pollinators
Natural History and Economic Botany of Nepal
Potential effects of GM crops on honey bee health
Public lands task force
Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?
Siegel, T. & Betz, J.
Restoration of Apis cerana japonica on the Goto Islands
Sustainable bee-friendly beekeeping: part 2
The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
Vanishing of the bees documentary - 30 minute version