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What are neonicotinoids, and how do they affect bees?

What are neonicotinoids, and how do they affect bees?

Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? You’d better think twice about the source of your plants, because you could unwittingly be hurting your bee pals. Here’s the scoop: Researchers have been tracking a steady decline in bee populations, but they’ve been struggling to figure out what’s happening. Theories have included proposals about disease, habita... »

Keep hayfever at bay – the natural way

Keep hayfever at bay – the natural way

It’s been a particularly bad couple of weeks for hay fever sufferers (of which I am one). It’s all down to the late (non-existent!) Spring, and everything coming into bloom all at once apparently. I’d like to share with you how I keep my hay fever at bay the natural way. My diet plays a big part in my hay fever management. Wheat, sugar, caffeine and dairy all make me generally more irritable (both... »

Buzzing news for bees!

Buzzing news for bees!

Great news for bees everywhere: The European Commission is set to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths. The recent news comes despite a split among EU states on the issue. Following great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations, the EU is planning to restrict neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators. However, man... »

Un-bee-lievable! Manuka honey thought to beat bugs

Un-bee-lievable! Manuka honey thought to beat bugs

Worried about superbugs like MRSA? You need a pot of natural manuka honey to hand, which is believed to fight off common bugs. Used for thousands of years to clean wounds, the honey could hold the key to combating the modern threat of superbugs which are drug-resistant. Manuka honey can fight back on two fronts, a new study has shown. It can help to kill MSRA and other superbugs, as well as preven... »

White sugar and your eyesight: Why change to other sweeteners

White sugar and your eyesight: Why change to other sweeteners

I just finished reading ‘Beekeeping for Dummies’; like obviously many other (crazy?) folk, I am excited by the idea of ‘growing’ and harvesting my own honey. For all of my life, ‘alternative’ sweeteners have been the norm, due to my mother’s interest in nutritional health and good eyesight. Honey is the main sweetener we use, being able to find local fresh and raw honey out here in the countryside... »

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