Waitrose is asking people to get involved in a fun but important project to help protect bees and other pollinating insects.
The retailer has worked with international environment charity Earthwatch to develop a free app, through which smartphone users can help collect vital data about the pollinators in their gardens and which plants bees and other pollinating insects prefer to visit the most.
The app can be downloaded for Android and iOS devices by visiting the Waitrose website.
Download the press release for further information.
A report from Yale Environment 360 outlines the danger that the decline of bees and other pollinators represents to the world’s food supply. This was highlighted this week when the European Commission decided to ban a class of pesticides suspected of playing a role in so-called "colony collapse disorder".
Read Elizabeth Grossman’s full report at the Yale Environment 360 website.
Lancaster University and TaskScape Associates have released a short film exploring case studies showing how low technology modifications and high technology, game-changing, innovations can provide the food supply chain with increased productivity, resource use efficiency and sustainability.
The importance of collaboration between researchers and different players in the supply chain is highlighted, such a collaboration is needed to define an appropriate new research agenda in an area of global significance.
WAITROSE is asking suppliers of fruit, vegetables and flowers to avoid the use of three formulations of neonicotinoid based pesticides on crops destined for the supermarket. The move comes in light of concerns about their effects on bees, butterflies and other important pollinators.
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The budget may have been low on specifics but it is already clear that one part of the region is going to do very well out of the Chancellor.
We understand that a large part of the £1.6bn announced for research and development will be going into agriscience
The programme is available on-line.