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You need to worry less about their honey and more about how many of our food plants they pollinate. Without bees we would be in big trouble.
Yes, obelixx, we do need to think about the effect of the pesticides on our food as well as on all the pollinaters.
I buy organic fruit, veg, cereals, eggs and honey plus well borught up fish and meat whenever I can and garden organically to produce my own fruit and veg and grow flowers for pollinators such as wild honey bees. I have signed the petitions to stop the use of nicotinoids in pesticides and I advise members of my garden group never to use pesticide sprays.
I can't get more worried than that about what we are ingesting in commercially grown foods.
That is a misquote from Steiner! I agree that our dinner plates would be mostly beige....bread, potatoes, pulses and so on.
I saw my first one yesterday sterelitza as I was putting my little babies out in the sun for a few hours! a few butterflies as well. I think you're right about being more tolerant of 'pests' and I also use soapy water etc and don't like using weedkiller except when really necessary. It can be difficult to get the balance as it takes a whle but it's all about being patient...isn't that what we gardeners are meant to have plenty of!
I've seen a few bumble bees so far and yesterday had to rescue one that got stuck in the tomato plants on my window sill. I've built an insect hotel to shelter them and other insects though it needs renovating after the birds have removed some of the fillings like straw and pine cones. I've also drilled holes in our walls for sloitary bees and wasps to live and lay their eggs.
I have lots fo fruit bushes and veggies that need insect pollination so I don't use any sprays at all as even soapy water can affect beneficial insects. If I have a major infestation of aphids and not enough ladybirds I'll sometimes blast them off with a spray from the hose pipe but I find that hanging peanut feeders near susceptible plants like roses encourages the birds to come and feast on the pests. They also take most of the caterpillars of my brassicas so it's win win.
Thanks for all your comments. Me too, obelixx. Great to hear so many of you are seeing bees and butterflies out. Hope they have a good year.
As i only grow flowers i dont use any poisons, and i detest slug pellets.
I blame them for the lack of song thrush, i used to see lots 15 years ago
now i have to go to the fields to see one!
Like most people, I am not in a postion to talk about the bee pollination aspect.With regard the pesticide side, they are not used lightly as are very expensive. One use is as Frontline for domestic animals! Perhaps the ban will impact people in ways not envisaged?
They are often used for the difficult pests like mealy bug & vine weavils which are difficult to target.