Smartphone app to help protect our bees

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.

Declining bee populations pose a threat to global agriculture

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 & Waitrose Agronomy Group collaboration

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.