Last week a conference on bee health was held in London :
The impact of Pesticides on Bee Health
Here is an abstract about the remit of the conference from this website http://www.jointbessebbs.org/2014/Home.aspx
An important challenge facing the future of humanity is food security. This resource is heavily supported by the actions of insect pollinators and attacked by insect crop pests. Agrochemical intensification has reduced the amount of natural forage and breeding/nesting sites for insects and simultaneously providing large bonanzas in the form crops. Therefore, it is currently necessary to fight the battle against pest species using insecticides. This approach is a double-edged sword with both insect pests and pollinators being vulnerable. This conference will discuss whether the key insecticides being used in this battle have an overall negative impact on bees, and so food security.
It was attended by many bee scientists from UK and around the world including our founder Dave Goulson and even representatives from Bayer and Syngenta.
Part of the discussion on the final day was filmed and broadcast over the interweb and has been uploaded to youtube
It is an hour and a half long I’m afraid.
But if you don’t have time to sit through it all, there is a nice write up about that final session on the Guardian website here
I read the article you posted the link for. Really interesting! Thanks for this. I’ve copied the article link to a few folk I think will also be interested. Were you at the conference? If so, I wonder if you left feeling more or less encouraged? Best Wishes!
I’m glad that you found the article of interest. To be honest I didn’t attend the conference. But the last session was an open discussion and streams over the web. So I did follow that very closely.
There are reasons to be positive. It is great that issues regarding bee health are being debated more openly and getting more attention.
As well as mostly scientists, there were a few representatives from industry like syngenta and others. Although they don’t agree still with the scientists it is great that they are willing to discuss the issues.
We are learning new things all the time so we should remain positive.