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Why bees buzz, Toon Beef, Homeopathy in livestock, The hunting debate continues

Presented by Anna Hill. Why do bees buzz? A new study looks at how neonicotinoids affect the behaviour of bees. Toon Beef could be arriving on your plate soon.

Why do bees buzz? A new study looks at how neonicotinodoids affect the behaviour of bees, and 'Toonbeef' could be arriving on your plate soon.

A study into the efficacy of homeopathic treatments for livestock has been published in the Veterinary Record. Danny Chambers is a vet. He gives us his view of the study that asks if homeopathy is effective for treating farm animals.

All this week we're talking about hunting. It's been twelve years since the Hunting Act was implemented, which banned hunting mammals with dogs. Despite warnings at the time that fox-hunting would be irrevocably damaged, Boxing Day meets this year are expected to be as busy as they were before the Act came in. So how has hunting maintained its popularity? This week we're exploring how the Act is or isn't working.

Today we hear from Jordi Casamatijana, head of policy and research at the League Against Cruel Sports. He explains why, despite a ban being in place, they continue to campaign against hunting.

Research from the University of Stirling has suggested that neonicotinoids may affect bee's ability to buzz. Dr Penelope Whitehorn, author of the study explains why bees buzz.

Also, just above Newcastle's city Centre is the town Moor, which is used for recreation, but is also a grazing site for cattle. Local MP, Chi Onuwarah, believes the meat could be marketed as Toon Beef.

Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Martin Poyntz-Roberts.

13 minutes