France to create bee research institute and “Bee Czar”

Last week, France’s Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier unveiled a plan to create a scientific institute to conduct bee research aimed at stemming colony collapse disorder, as well as the appointment of a “Bee Czar”. Every year, 30-35 percent of the bee colonies do not survive the winter and the suspects include predators, pesticides and climate change. Barnier, who authorized the use of the controversial pesticide Cruiser (made by Swiss firm Syngenta) in France in January 2008 for a 12-month period, provoked much scorn from beekeepers when he called for a guide to best agricultural practices on pesticide use. 

via Le Parisien

Here’s a video of an anti-Cruiser demonstration in January 2008 led by angry bee-keepers.

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