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Beekeepers [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for beekeepers.

If you are one of the EU’s 600 000 professional or amateur beekeepers, offering consumers the much loved product that is honey, you are also undoubtedly well aware of the vital contribution that your activity makes to environmental conservation and food production. Indeed, your bees help to produce more than 200 000 tonnes of honey a year and, in doing so, ensure natural pollination for over 80 % of Europe’s cultivated crops and wild plants. Nevertheless, you may find it hard to keep your activity economically profitable in the face of threats to bee health and strong competition on the honey market. EU policies can play an important role in helping you cope with these challenges.

Apiary - woman beekeeper with bees

© Jaroslav Moravcik / Fotolia

For example, EU funds can cover up to half the cost of measures to address major issues such as bee health, hive management and product quality. Also, beekeeping products can benefit from promotional campaigns co-financed by the EU and from EU quality labels that can increase their economic potential on the market. More than 30 types of honey have already received an EU label of protected designation of origin (PDO) or protected geographical indication (PGI).

Furthermore, the EU policy-makers’ dialogue with stakeholders helps to define policies to support beekeeping indirectly, for example by promoting agricultural and environmental policies that prevent the deterioration of bees’ habitats, by fighting cases of food fraud, such as honey adulteration, and by funding research projects to study bee health problems and the high mortality rate registered in recent decades.

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2 thoughts on “Beekeepers [What Europe does for you]

  1. The use of chemicals in the production of honey in Europe has been increasing, motivated by the influence of the giants of Monsanto and Bayer. The purchase of honey produced in China and other eastern countries where honey production has no control and the use of chemicals in their production is clearly harmful to human health.
    We are killing bees with the excessive use of chemicals in the production of evil, so the pollination in the world is at risk, how to solve?
    SOLUTION: Do not use chemicals in the production of honey. To fine Monsanto and Bayer for their negative influence on honey production.


    Posted by Marco Silva | June 9, 2018, 00:23


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