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Bayer And Bees: Hero Or Villain

Read this and you would think Bayer was the hero coming to rescue bees from varroa mites.

But read this article I pieced together a little while ago and you will see Bayer may be the cause of colony collapse disorder, not its saviour.

From www.farmchemicalsinternational.com

Bayer CropScience To Study Colony Collapse Disorder

WINCHESTER, United Kingdom -- Bayer CropScience recently acquired a product to control of varroa mites (Varroa destructor) from Exosect Ltd., Winchester, United Kingdom. The acquisition allows Bayer CropScience to study and produce bee health solutions and to commercialize new bee health products worldwide, according to the company.
The product is based on the innovative Entostat technology, a food grade powder refined from a natural wax which is sustainably harvested from a particular species of palm tree, combined with the miticidal active ingredient thymol, according to the press release.
“Bayer is aware of its responsibility as a producer both of crop protection products and of bee health products”, said Dr. Franz-Josef Placke, Head of Development at Bayer CropScience in a prepared statement. “Therefore, we are investing in research and development to provide beekeepers with sustainable solutions to improve the health of their bees and beehives.”
The Varroa mite is considered a crucial factor in the decreasing number of honey bee colonies in Europe and North America.

Read more at www.farmchemicalsinternational.com

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This report in the New York Times today


LONDON — Is British business fretting about the risks of the country drifting out of the European Union? Or does it crave a looser relationship with Continental allies, one free from meddlesome regulation?
The answer to that question remained unclear Monday after a newly formed group of business leaders argued for a renegotiation of Britain’s membership terms — echoing the policy of Prime Minister David Cameron, who in January promised voters a referendum on whether the country would remain in the Union.
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