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BRING ON THE BEES

Many of our favourite crops, including most of our fruits and a number of popular vegetables, need to be pollinated in order to produce a good crop. Even some which are self pollinating will produce bigger and better pickings once bees and other pollinators have worked their magic.

The relationship between plants and insects is complicated, and we are only just discovering the many amazing adaptions made over millions of years by both insect and flower to ensure a successful partnership. Unfortunately, we have unwittingly managed to damage this relationship by massively changing habitats, affecting climate and introducing pesticides. We have also been busy breeding ever more complicated and blousy flower shapes, and while large

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