Wheat and poppies

Farming for bees & pollinators

Farmers, bees and Friends of the Earth

We believe that a sustainable approach to farming is essential for a healthy environment, healthy food - and healthy profits for farmers. For years we've worked with farmers to develop innovative approaches to wildlife-friendly farming. A vital part of this is protecting our bees and pollinators, upon which we rely for so many of our food crops. Discover how we're working with farmers .....

What is bee-friendly farming?

Discover some of the tried and tested ways that farmers can help bees and pollinating insects thrive on their farms - and the role that government can play too.

Farmer - champions for bees

Meet some of the fantastic farmers we've worked with, who are leading the way in bee-friendly farming.

As well as reducing the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, they're demonstrating how creating wildlife-friendly habitats has a beneficial effect on their crops and farms.

Bees and neonicotinoids - the facts

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides commonly used in UK farming, are harming bees. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared in 2013 that they posed an “unacceptable risk” to bees, leading to temporary restrictions. We want the UK government to support a complete and permanent ban on neonicotinoids – and keep any EU restrictions on bee-harming pesticides post-Brexit. Find out why.

Is it the end for neonicotinoids?

A growing number of UK farmers are turning their backs on bee-harming pesticides too. They believe the evidence about the impact of neonics on bees and the environment can no longer be ignored.

Peter Lundgren, a conventional farmer in Lincolnshire, says "For the last 8 years I've farmed without neonicotinoids and I haven't seen any loss in yield, in fact it's actually saved money. ..We can manage our pesticide problems with a combination of the pesticides we've got available and sympathetic farming."

Find out more why farmers are rejecting neonics, and innovating with more sustainable ways to control pests.

Bee-friendly shoppers' guide to rapeseed oil

We've teamed up with 7 UK farmers who have committed to not use bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides on their oilseed rape crop. That means when you choose their rapeseed oil - including well known brands you can pick up in your local supermarket - you can be sure you're supporting a farmer who's doing their bit to help our bees thrive.