Bee friendly farming
Today, it is essential to understand that agriculture is related to the nature and the living! Both are inseparable. Agro-ecosystems must be understood as a whole: the living soil to crops beings, through the trees and wild plants carbon sources and / or beneficial insects crop pollinating bees or fertilization soil with manure, compost, legumes …
Agricultural practices must be consistent. Fields treated with pesticides are not sufficient. How can honey bee function normal if she has to cross a sunflower or rapeseed contaminated with pesticides? It is now to think and act: maintaining biodiversity target economic efficiency, social well-being, not water pollution and soil … all agricultural techniques should allow to reach it. If farmers will not immediately provided the new world agricultural techniques, technologies, then bee friendly farming will not reach own goals.
It is now relearning everything! We do not have a choice: the farmer has to learn, but also our perceptions of agriculture must change. Agriculture today can no longer be dependent on chemical fertilizers, pesticides that kill the soil, pollute the environment, destroy biodiversity from agriculture itself depends, and waste energy resources. Today, agriculture must be even smarter: it should be based on an understanding of the workings of nature as part of the agricultural system itself so that farmers become as independent as possible. This new systemic under agriculture will restore a rebalancing between bees and farming system.
In this learning process, policy choices should be strong and act towards new models and ways of thinking friendly agriculture. This new way of producing can only be done with crossed eyes and dialogue between field workers – farmers beekeepers, processors, distributors, consumers … The agricultural model should integrate nature, but also social organizations in each particular territory, and on a larger scale evolution of our models of society and our institutions, of which agriculture is also inseparable.