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Victory For Bees

If you're an organic gardener, then you know pesticides are a bad thing. They are not only harmful to humans, but all living creatures and our ecosystems as well.

Good news, at least for Europeans. The majority of EU countries have recently supported the European Commission's proposal to temporarily ban the use of three pesticides harmful to bees. Bayer and Syngenta are two of the companies that produce these pesticides used to coat the seeds, add to the soil, or sprayed on plants.

One of the pesticides, neonicotiniod is based on nicotine. It's coated on the seeds and infused through the plants as they grow (much like nicotine infiltrates a smoker's lungs). It's very effective against harmful insects, but what are the effects on humans?

According to a CBS news report, in the last eight years the bee population has been in a steady decline due to these pesticides. They become disorientated and can't find their way back to their hives, therefore, dying in the fields. Bees are a farmer's best pollinating friend. Without bees, the agriculture industry estimates 1/3 of the food we eat would disappear.

The EPA is looking into this, but as all things relating to the U.S. federal government, it should be about five years before they make any decisions about the future of pesticide usage nationwide.

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After my tonsillectomy at age four, my doctor jokingly said, "No more hamburgers for you, Libby." Little did he know he was right! While I did eat meat on and off until college, I was lucky to have parents that supported my values. I am a teacher by trade with a passion for baking. While eggs and cheese (and chocolate, of course)are my mainstay in my diet, I am enjoying the challenge of proving that dairy-free baking can be delicious.

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  1. BuddhasDelight
    i was so excited to hear about this! yay europe! hopefully we will follow suit, and soon! thanks for posting. voted! please view and vote for my new 10 layer dip post if you dig it! merci and happy posting! :) cheers.
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  2. Scott Desmond
    Canada should do this one too hope they will wake up and think about this. Good job for pointing this out
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  3. Jessica Sierra
    Agree voted
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  4. Jose Rodriguez
    Happy to see this in Spain voted
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  5. Rebecca Lopez
    Good for italy they stopped pesticides
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    1. LibbyTreats
      Italy has always been ahead of the times. :)
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  6. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    Oh Ms Libby this is wonderful news. Thank you so much for sharing this information with everyone.
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    1. LibbyTreats
      Yes Julie, this is wonderful news. France was a strong supporter, and given that they are one of the largest farming countries in Europe is a very positive step in the right direction. Here is a link to a very good article
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  7. DogWriter
    We are we Americans ALWAYS behind the eight-ball?
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  8. beachgurl
    Wake up world! A vote for this blog is a vote for organic farming!
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