The EU Has Banned Bee Killing Pesticide: Neonicotinoid Pesticides

germandeadbees2When I got the Avaaz newsletter about this incredible accomplished my first thought was: And how long will it take to do that here in North America?

Bees pollinate two thirds of our food.  Neonicotinoid Pesticides kill honey bees and as the great article about the EU’s ban the Guardian points out:

About three-quarters of global food crops rely on bees and other insects to fertilise their flowers, so the decline of honeybee colonies due to disease, habitat loss and pesticide harm has prompted serious concern..

Indeed.  Sadly and quite surprisingly to me Germany opted out as did the UK.   Germany has been a great supporter of Bio (organic foods) and every times I go to Berlin I am always amazed at how many Organic only grocery stores there are and how big the Bio sections are in regular stores, so I’m not sure …oh that’s right Neonicotinoid Pesticides are made by Bayer CropScience  – and their corporate offices are (drum roll please)  in Monheim GERMANY… no conflict of interest there now is there?

My guess is it will take a decade before any such legislation like this will happen here – and not wanting to be Debbie downer or anything, but by that time they will have made billions in profit and most of the bees will all most likely already be dead.

Who needs food anyway?  Or maybe by then Monsanto will have created a genetically modified robotic bee that they will lease to farmers to pollinate there crops?

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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