The effects of bees on the environment begin to be studied.
Not only the agriculture, but also the territories in which we live are influenced, economically as well, by bees and beekeeping.
This sentence, just apparently banal, has not sufficient scientific evidences to support it yet. The beekeepers, again, are those who push for the research to go this direction.
The Regulation (EC) No 1305/2013 decides the general norms to regulate the support of the European Union for rural development, through the financing of the European Agricultural Fund for the Rural Development (EAFRD). EAFRD takes action in the Member States, in the picture of the Rural Development Programmes, to carry out a strategy for the realisation of Union's priorities about rural development. This is accomplished through a series of programmatic measures. Each Member State can present one only national programme or a series of regional programmes. Among the RDP measures, in Article 28 of the Regulation, we can find the agro-climatic-environmental Payments, aimed for the preservation and the promotion of the changes of agricultural practices, necessary to positively contribute to the environment and the climate. The agro-climatic-environmental payments can be granted to the farmers and the other managers of the territory, alone or in associations, who undertake to realise works to support the environment on agricultural lands chosen by the Member States [Article 28(2)]. The payments are annually distributed to compensate, totally or partially, for the added costs and the loss of earning which come from the taken commitment.