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‘More harm than good’: How well-meaning urban beekeepers can jeopardize wild colonies

Urban beekeeping has grown so trendy that it may be doing more harm than good — with the practice becoming ...
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Bees ‘scent trained’ to effectively pollinate sunflowers boost seed production up to 57%

Scientists in Argentina have trained honeybees to more effectively pollinate sunflowers — a method they believe can also be applied ...
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Preventing spread of parasites, not cutting pesticide use, key to protecting bees

For as long as beekeeping records have been kept, 1,100 years, there have been accounts of colony collapse disorder. Just ...
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Organic fungicide copper sulfate endangers humans, animals and insects

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
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Viewpoint: Bees and pesticides—Europe’s precautionary rules neglect science, hinder sustainable farming

A core element of EU environmental law is the precautionary principle (PP), which theoretically requires regulators to err on the ...
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No, we aren’t losing all of our honeybees. And neonicotinoid seed coatings aren’t driving their health problems—here’s why

The meme targeting neonics with the not-all-that vulnerable honeybee as their symbol is a powerful fund-raising tool for activists ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no industry conspiracy to corrupt research on bees and neonicotinoid insecticides

There’s a stereotype that industry-funded research is inherently compromised. Perhaps this is true for some specific cases, but for honey ...
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Australia’s stingless bees: Beekeepers’ best defense against deadly varroa mite?

Australia’s native stingless bees could be a key line of defense for the nation’s horticulture industry against the dangerous bee ...
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Viewpoint: Almond growers driving bees to ‘extinction’? Challenging the latest pollinator decline scare story

The policies of greens are a greater threat to wildlife than high-yield agriculture ...
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Bees may fare better in flower-rich cities than countrysides, research shows

Cities all over the world are expanding. A number of studies have already shown that the conversion of natural areas ...
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EPA approves continued use of controversial neonicotinoid insecticides, with added restrictions to protect bees

The EPA announced [Jan 30] it supports the continued use and registration of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides linked to ...
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The Varroa destructor mite is the greatest threat to US honeybees, and why things could get worse.

Researchers are looking at a long-term solution: develop bees that can fend off Varroa themselves ...
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EU bans Bayer neonicotinoid insecticide thiacloprid, citing threat to human reproductive health, bees

The European Commission decided on [Jan. 13] not to renew approval for a pesticide linked to harming bees, effectively banning ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Bee-pocalypse’—one of the 2010s biggest overblown moral panics

Human beings are anxious creatures. We worry about things that might kill us. We worry about things that might kill ...
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Canadian judge rejects activist bid to immediately ban neonicotinoid pesticide Thiamethoxam

Ottawa-Federal Appeal Court Justice Richard Southcott has dismissed an application by environment groups challenging a 24 month phase out of ...
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EU Parliament calls for full ban on sale, production and use of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees

The European Parliament has called on the Commission to strengthen its plan to protect Europe’s declining populations of bees and ...
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What’s missing from claims that neonicotinoids are killing bees, birds and fish?

Criticism of pesticides is often undeserved -- and sometimes absolutely bizarre ...
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Viewpoint: Wild bees on the decline? Lack of evidence challenges popular environmentalist narrative

'We can’t be simultaneously in the midst of a pollinator crisis threatening our ability to grow food and see continually ...
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Viewpoint: How a small group of scientists and pliable media created a ‘catastrophe narrative’ that hurts bees and farmers

The scientists who glommed onto the “bee-pocalypse” narrative never bothered to go back and correct the record ...
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Pesticides endanger humans, animals, beneficial insects? Rethinking simplistic notions, understanding trade-offs in sustainability and health

As much as pesticides are a threat to certain ecosystems, they’re also responsible for providing the planet with food in ...
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Winter honeybee losses cut in half since 2012 as beekeepers battle deadly varroa mite

It looks as though the period of alarmingly high winter mortality in honeybees is over. And a long-term study by ...
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Neonic pesticides offer negligible benefits to farmers? ‘Nonsense,’ says Iowa soybean grower

Most people would say that life is unpredictable. We have our plans and routines, but there’s no way to tell ...
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Fifth US retailer announces plan to ‘phase out’ neonic pesticides from supply chain

Another food retailer has announced a plan to minimize its use of pesticides in a bid to help protect pollinators, ...
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Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems. Why is Europe determined to ban them?

Why is Europe allowing what has been called 'a bizarrely one-sided piece of politicized science' to determine agricultural policy? ...
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The Beepocalypse that wasn’t? Colony collapse disorder had ‘very small’ effects on commercial pollinators, study finds

Though colony collapse disorder has generated a great deal of concern, the phenomenon has had “very small effects” on commercial ...
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New ‘superfood’ makes bees better pollinators—boosting crop yields up to 90%

Argentina-based startup Beeflow has developed a special nutrient-packed formula for bees meant to boost their immune systems and make them ...
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Farmers, scientists face off against activists as New Hampshire mulls neonic insecticide ban

Farmers, lawn service scientists and educators supplied stinging criticism [October 8] of legislation that activists are pursuing to ban the ...
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Rapeseed farmers benefit from honeybees more than pesticides, French study finds

For European rapeseed farmers, honey bees buzzing around fields may outweigh the benefits of using pesticides to fight insect damage, ...