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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Bees again

The cross-parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee has today published what they think about the Government’s draft National Pollinator Strategy, a document in part designed to respond to huge concern over mounting evidence about the effects of agricultural chemicals on the insects that pollinate our food crops. It seems like the EAC aren’t too impressed with what Government is proposing. They seem to have two fundamental concerns: 1. Government are happy to let industry fund more research on the effect of pesticides […]

The Grumbling Hive

Whilst chatting with family the other evening we came across this poem from a book called The Fable of the Bees by Bernard Mandeville, from 1705. The poem, describing bees and their hive, is a fairly thinly veiled allegory for the society of his time. But, some of the lines still remind me of some of the amazing characteristics of bees, and how under threat they are right now. I’m enjoying BBC’s Hive Alive right now, looking at bees and […]