The decline of honey bees is a widespread concern that will affect e.g. crop fertilisation and honey production. Last year the EU banned the neonicotinoid pesticides that were thought to have the biggest effect on bee populations. Many in the UK were appalled by this ban. Farmers in particular were upset saying that the chemicals are vital for preventing crops from being destroyed. But on the other hand if there are no bees to pollinate the crops there will be no crops to be destroyed. It is a complex issue and a viscous circle as we can't kill the bees and then expect them to pollinate the crops.

Researchers in Harvard recently published new results on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides showing that the chemicals trigger colony collapse disorder. Will this be an incentive for governments to take a closer look at the current insecticide policies? Or will farmers get the last say- again?