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Bees: Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over govt pesticide decision

A Government decision to allow farmers to use ‘banned’ bee-harming pesticides in England, is being challenged at the High Court by Friends of the Earth. The environment charity notified the Government on Friday (21 August 2015) that it has applied … Continue reading

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Bee study reopens debate on neonics

  Goulson says bees are exposed to sufficient doses of neonicotinoids to reduce nest growth A bee expert has called into question the basis of the Government’s position on neonicotinoid insecticides, saying the study it cited actually shows the chemicals … Continue reading

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Bee pesticide study furore is called a ‘scandal’

  Do neonicotinoid pesticides kill bees? We still don’t know, but the latest research is alarming – and casts doubt on the integrity of science. One of the UK’s top bee researchers this week claimed that a study quoted two … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids ‘5000 times more toxic’ than DDT for bees

A UK academic at the annual conference of the Soil Association has strengthened the case for the EU-wide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, revealing mounting evidence of their deadly effects on essential pollinators. Speaking at the event, Dave Goulson of the … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard

Bugs devour rapeseed crop in Britain as EU ban on pesticide to save bees comes into force   Peter Kendall surveys his crop of oilseed rape. At this time of year, he should usually be looking at healthy green cotyledons … Continue reading

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RoboBees might be pollinating our crops within 10 years

RoboBees might be pollinating our crops within 10 years   A team of researchers from Harvard University that created the RoboBees are developing the robotic insects to be able to pollinate crops. The researchers are pushing the development because of … Continue reading

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Pesticide ‘Contaminating’ Prairie Wetlands: Scientist

A University of Saskatchewan biologist says many wetlands across the Prairies are being contaminated by a relatively new pesticide that is threatening the ecosystem. Christy Morrissey says that over the past few years neonicotinoids have been used increasingly on crops in … Continue reading

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Bee pesticides may ‘harm developing brains of unborn babies’

Experts find chemicals that may adversely affect neurons and brain structures associated with learning and memory. Controversial pesticides linked to declines in bee populations may harm the developing brains of unborn babies, experts at the European Food Safety Authority ruled on Tuesday. They … Continue reading

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EPA sued over bees

Beekeepers are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its approval of a chemical they say kills honey producers. The pesticide sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic” to bees and other insects, the groups say, and could be contributing to broader declines … Continue reading

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Bee health debate heats up over pesticides

A new national campaign to restrict use of a widely applied group of pesticides is bringing increased attention to the question of how to improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators. This week a full-page advertisement appeared in major … Continue reading

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Save the Bees, Please! New Campaign Buzzing to Help Keep Bees Alive

Have you ever considered what your supermarket aisles would look like without the help of bees? A new campaign, Save-bees.org, wants you to know that they’re more important than you may even know. According to the campaign site, “Honey bees, native … Continue reading

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EU must promote honey bees through sustainable farming model

The EU ban on neonicotinoids is a perfect opportunity for European and UK authorities to build a robust and sustainable farming model which promotes the value of the honey bee. To Owen Paterson’s extreme disappointment, European honey bees finally had something … Continue reading

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To bee or not to bee

They’re going back home in the fading light. Gathering pollen and nectar, the Bombus terrestris bumble bee, and its equally white-tailed relative,Bombus lucorum are the alternative to honey bees, if things continue looking black for our ancient domesticated  Do bees need more than … Continue reading

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Pesticide ban to protect bees enters into force

As of December 1, farmers in the European Union will no longer be able to make large-scale use of pesticides suspected of killing bee populations. But the busy honey-makers remain under threat. The ban, approved by the European Commission in April of … Continue reading

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‘Wildlife at risk’ from incoming ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths

Wildlife could be at risk from an imminent ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths, farmers and beekeepers have warned. On Sunday, a European Union-wide ban on three neonicotinoids will come into force, but the National Farmers Union (NFU) and British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) have … Continue reading

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Honeybees on the Verge of Extinction

In my 25-year experience at the US EPA, nothing illustrated the deleterious nature of “pesticides” and “regulation” better than the plight of honeybees. Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of America’s crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we … Continue reading

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Oregon restricts insecticides after bumblebee deaths

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has restricted the use of two insecticides to help protect pollinators, including honeybees. The action comes after thousands of bumblebees were killed this summer with a misapplication of insecticides on European linden trees, according to … Continue reading

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Farmers need to help bees survive

There are well-known and growing concerns about the impact that the use of neonicitinoid (neonic) pesticides are having on commercial honey producers. However, there has been a lot less consideration for the impact on wild pollinators. The Friends of the … Continue reading

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Artist uses dead bees to create mathematical patterns

A Canadian visual artist called Sarah Hatton has taken thousands of dead honeybees and arranged them onto canvasses in mathematical patterns such as the Fibonacci spiral found in sunflowers. Hatton — who is also a beekeeper — decided to use bees in her work … Continue reading

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Study shows low risk to bees from neonicotinoids

NEONICOTINOID pesticides do not pose a threat to bee health at doses typically used in the field, according to the results from an extensive field trial carried out by Syngenta. The agrochemical giant hopes the research, which has finally been published after … Continue reading

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Bayer tests new seed treatments to protect honeybees

Bayer CropScience has successfully completed field trials of a new seed treatment technology that significantly reduces dust compared to traditional seed treatments. That’s important because pesticide-laden dust from seed treatments is suspected to contribute to honeybee population declines, according to … Continue reading

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Op-Ed: A ban on some pesticides won’t save bees

Some bee-keeping and environmental groups want to ban the usage of neonicotinoid (“neonic”) insecticides. Neonics are used to protect food crops from insect damage, for controlling fleas on pets and for protecting ash trees. As a farmer using neonic seed … Continue reading

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Death of bees symptom of a larger problem with insecticides

This refers to the article ‘Insecticide linked to mass die-off of bees‘, Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, Nov. 7. To quote this article: “In September Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) issued to farmers a series of recommendations against certain insecticides known … Continue reading

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Canada should follow E.U. to prevent bee deaths: U.K. expert

Canada should follow E.U. to prevent bee deaths: U.K. expert A noted U.K. bee expert says Canada is behind the times when it comes to recognizing the dangers of a controversial pesticide known as neonicotinoid, noting the similarities of present-day … Continue reading

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More than honey, indeed

 More than honey, indeed. Driving through the Annapolis Valley in the summer, one passes acre upon acre of shiny green corn fields. While these fields may look like the picture of health, these crops contain a darker truth. Recent research … Continue reading

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