29 Apr '13, 3pm

Today's news is out! (and it's a #bee-special!)

A vote in Europe today could take the EU a step closer to banning some pesticides, in order to protect bees. Wildlife campaigners want three neonicotinoids banned for use on crops which are attractive to bees, but manufacturers claim that would cost UK agriculture 630 million pounds in lower yields. Blossom has been very late on the trees this year, but this could just be a return to how things used to be thirty years ago. A plum grower in Norfolk compares her father's weather notes from the 1970s and 1980s with this year's situation in her orchards.

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