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The Co-op has announced that suppliers of its own-brand produce will henceforth be banned from using eight pesticides "implicated" in Colony Collapse Disorder - the unexplained disappearance of millions of honeybees which has hit hives worldwide. The supermarket chain said growers on its 70,000 acres of land in in England and …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    why do i need a title?

    they're all aliens anyway, didnt you watch the latest episode of doctor who?

    its on iplayer till the 2nd.


  2. Ted Treen


    Co-op to replace the current government?

  3. Satyabroto Banerji

    Will this help?

    The ban should not extend to seed dressing. It is adequate to restrict systemic insecticides during flowering. CCD management also needs a genetic approach. Coop should address inbreeding in colonies.

  4. Cameron Colley

    It's obvious what the deaths are caused by:

    Burning fossil fuels and people eating too much salt.

    More tax and advertising campaigns needed now!

  5. Paul George

    Darn it, missed again

    Y'all might be interested in an article that largely indicates another cause and discounts pesticides, reported November 18 in Reno, Nev., at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America.:

    Virus could explain one symptom of colony collapse

    By Susan Milius

    December 20th, 2008; Vol.174 #13 (p. 5)

  6. Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

    weasel words

    They'll not use the named pesticides "where possible". What a bloody cop-out.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pharmaceutical Industries are a right pain

    Would be good to go back to herbalism and stop there.

    Nature and evolution has got it right, no surprise there. An ecosystem is carefully balanced, and this reliance on pharms is just not good for anyone apart from the chemists for their pay packet, and the shareholders for their dividends.

  8. Simon B
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    well done co op

    I'm glad to co op is making an effort :)

  9. jon

    they're all aliens anyway....

    ER, NO, that was a wasp...

    A honey bee has 'fur ' round the thorax, and more subtle markings..

    from a producers viewpoint, a giant bee would have been much more difficult to do - the fine, clear lines of a wasp are easier on the computer power...

  10. Steve

    @ Ted Treen

    Erm, some of them /are/ the current government

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