Global bee populations are on the decline. And in Southwest China they have become so rare that fruit plantations are no longer being pollinated. Farmers are now doing it themselves.
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A 15th Century Chinese bowl has gone under the hammer and sold for over $700,000 at Sotheby's. It had been found at a yard sale in the US and bought for a pittance by comparison.
The European Court of Justice ruled that France's ban of neonicotinoid pesticides, considered harmful to bees, is legal. However, France is considering softening the legislation after objections from farmers.
From Dublin to Dessau, cities are leaving once manicured green spaces to rewild with native flowers and grasses that attract more diverse insects, birds and wildlife. Such a paradigm shift will take time, however.
Restrictions limiting the movement of pollinators could hurt crops, adding pressure to a food system already reeling from conflict, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
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