Europe is taking a serious look at the health of its bees. It is because of several countries’ alarm over dying bees, both inside the EU and abroad.
The concern is not just over honey production. Bees are important pollen carriers, and that includes for crops that feed people.
A European Commission initiative has been launched to find out more. Expert Pierangelo Benorio said: “The causes of bee disappearance are not always clear. Losing a colony is probably due to several things. Climate change, pollution, illness and other factors contribute to losses.”
Brussels says there are some 700,000 beekeepers in the EU, most of them doing it as a hobby. Among the measures to be looked into are only approving pesticides that are safe for honey bees, spending on research projects and increasing cooperation with international organisations such as the World Organisation for Animal Health.