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heard it on the news a few moments ago - the Coop, which farms as well as runs shops is investing an initial ?150,000 to raise awareness of CCD, put more bees into their farms, and is straight away banning use of eight neo-nicotinoids on their farms!:cheers2:
 

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http://tinyurl.com/bwub5v
In recent years bee populations around the world have plummeted due to a mysterious problem known as Colony Collapse Disorder, with British bee keepers losing up to a third of hives over last winter.

The use of pesticides have been blamed for the collapse and yesterday the Co-operative announced it was banning any foods grown using the chemicals from their own range of fresh products.

The retailer also said it was donating ?150,000 for research into why honeybee numbers are falling, and would be trialling a wild flower mix to be planted alongside crops on its farms to support bees.

Members of the Co-operative will be invited to special screenings of a film on bee declines and have access to 20,000 packets of free wild flower seed mix, while bee boxes will be available at a discount.

Co-operative Farms ? the UK's biggest farmer with 25,000 hectares ? will also invite beekeepers to establish hives on its land as part of a 10-point "Plan Bee".

The scheme comes less than a week after the Government announced an extra ?4.3 million will go to research and protection of bees.

Paul Monaghan, head of social goals at the Co-operative, said: "Nature's number one pollinating machine appears to be breaking down and no one knows for sure why.

"But it's not just pretty gardens that are at stake; one third of the average diet relies on honey bees.

"Last week the Government finally accepted that there was a problem, however we are not seeing any real recognition that pesticides could be a contributory factor."
 

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Brosville,
Any chance you could shoot the co-op an email offering our support.

You could also add into the email a couple of facts regards the BBKA.
You could inform them that the bbka have funding from the agro-chemical companies listed below with the amount of funding they get.

bayer: £5000
Sanofi:£5000
Basf: £5000
Fmc: £2000
Total: £17,500

You may also wish to inform them that many members of the bbka never renewed membership because the bbka president made his money as the owner of a chemical company.
 

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Very good news,perhaps other supermarkets will follow this lead,shame that 60% of bbka members think that pesticide endorsment is a good thing for bee's.
 

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Bayer - Peal micro-Deltamethrin
Syngenta- Lamda- Cyhalothrin
Basf - Contest- Alpha Cypermethrin
Fmc - Fury10EW- Cypermethrin
 

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Well done the C0-Op!!! They were one of the first to ban the selling of battery/caged hen eggs too! Brilliant!
 

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I remember when they started the fair trade with the coffee beans and then cocoa beans.

I get the impression they are trying to really help rather than just jump on the bandwagon like Tesco etc have.
 

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a copy of the email just sent to Paul Monaghan of the Co-op

"Dear Sirs,
your announcement regarding bees on today's news has gone down extraordinarily well with the vast body of British beekeepers - to see that you have grasped the nettle of the likely involvement of pesticides in CCD is most gratifying following the deeply suspicious refusal of the government, DEFRA, and the BBKA to even credit that they may be a possible cause.
I'm one of the "new generation" of beekeepers who is starting beekeeping this year as an attempt to "do my bit" towards helping bees, and have been utterly horrified by the dictatorial and arrogant "pro chemicals" stance by the BBKA - I won't join their association because of their links with major agrochemical companies, and many long-term members are not renewing their subscriptions. They have gone so far as to accept donations to allow the poison-producers to brand their products as "Bee-friendly", and "Approved by the BBKA"
Bayer: £5000
Sanofi:£5000
Basf: £5000
Fmc: £2000
Total: £17,500 - per annum

This attitude has marginalised the BBKA, and I would suggest that the following now speak for the vast majority of British Beekeepers - http://beekeepingforum.co.uk/ , and http://biobees.com/ - the chief admin of the former has already publicly offered you their full support, and I expect the latter will follow shortly.

A heartfelt WELL DONE!

yours most sincerely,

Martin"

(surname omitted so as to fool the BBKA and agrochemical company hit squads........)
 

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yours most sincerely,

Martin"

(surname omitted so as to fool the BBKA and agrochemical company hit squads........)

lol Browsville, you don't think they already have your details?
 

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that'll be the what the vans with the blacked-out windows are parked down the lane..........:)
 

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the co-op rocks!

reply just received -

"Thanks loads: we may be in touch!":)
 

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Brosville go get your hair cut as you may need to go on tv soon.
Thank god Mikes in Australia LOL...
 

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just appeared on the Guardian website

"The Co-op today became the first UK supermarket to ban the use of a group of pesticides implicated in billions of honeybee deaths worldwide.

It is prohibiting suppliers of its own-brand fresh produce from using eight pesticides that have been connected to honeybee colony collapse disorder and are already restricted in some parts of Europe.

The Co-op said it will eliminate the usage of the neonicotinoid family of chemicals where possible and until they are shown to be safe. The Co-op has over 70,000 acres of land under cultivation in England and Scotland, making it the largest farmer in the UK. Since 2001, it has already prohibited the use of 98 pesticides under its pesticide policy.

Simon Press, senior technical manager at the Co-op group said: "We believe that the recent losses in bee populations need definitive action, and as a result are temporarily prohibiting the eight neonicotinoid pesticides until we have evidence that refutes their involvement in the decline."

Laboratory tests suggest that one of the banned chemicals, imidacloprid, can impede honeybees' sophisticated communication and navigation systems. It has been banned in France for a decade as a seed dressing on sunflowers. Italy, Slovenia and Germany banned neonicotinoids last year after the loss of millions of honeybees. And the European Parliament voted earlier this month for tougher controls on bee-toxic chemicals.

Paul Monaghan, the Co-op's head of social goals accused the UK government of failing to recognise that "pesticides could be a contributing factor" in the breakdown of nature's number one pollinating machine.

Elliott Carnell, coordinator of Pesticide Action Network (Pan) Europe, said he hoped the Co-op's pioneering stance would persuade the UK government to back the proposed European legislation. "The government has fought against any attempts to protect bees, which pollinate a third of the average diet. It argues that banning pesticides jeopardises crop yields, but if that was the case why would a leading food retailer be introducing this measure?"

The pesticide ban is part of the Co-op's 10-point Plan Bee launched today, which includes £150,000 for research into the impact of pesticides on the decline of honeybees in England, where more than a third of hives were wiped out last year. It will also give away bee-friendly wildflower seeds to Co-op members and customers"
from here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/28/bees-coop-pesticide
 

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I think the co-op hives are around the welsh borders with Rowse doing the bottle and labeling for them.
 

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I think the co-op hives are around the welsh borders with Rowse doing the bottle and labeling for them.
Quite right Admin. : http://www.co-operative.coop/farms/grownbyus/honey/planting/

Follow the links on the page and see the novel methods of harvesting honey.;)

Well done Co-op. This will further enhance Co-op's reputation as an ethical company/farmer. It also illustrates the sort of monetary value that can be attached to a "green" image. They are spending way more than ?150k if you look closely at all the measures, but I have no doubt it will be well worth it for them.

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Maybe that Guardian reporter might like to ask BBKA if neonics are POSSIBLY responsible for some of the problems bees are facing.

And, then ask if the BBKA receive ANY funding from the manufacturers of neonics.

Make the BBKA squirm enough in public and whatever their ADM voted for they will be forced to drop the sponsorships from agro chem companies.



Peter
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(Privately wondering when HRH will show his hand)
 

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go co-op,

maybe some one needs to contact this reporter and any other papers, as i am sure there is a story in there some where that will surprise not just us bee keepers but the public to.

TC
 

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