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Farm biodiversity helps control pests without chemicals, boosts crop yields, study shows

Ecologists and biologists compared data of about 1,500 agricultural fields around the world, including corn fields in the American plains, ...
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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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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, ...
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Do farmers really need neonic insecticides? Study sparks debate over pesticides’ future

New research has found a widely used and increasingly controversial insecticide has “negligible” benefits for commercially grown soybeans. Pesticide makers ...
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Honeybees, varroa mites and pesticides: Entomologist explains what you need to know

[O]n Florida Matters, we talk with Jamie Ellis, Professor of Entomology and director of honey bee research at the University ...
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German government, farm group face off over impact of potential glyphosate ban

The German agriculture ministry strenuously rubbished a claim by farmers association DBV that the country’s new insect protection plan, which ...
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Viewpoint: Do neonicotinoid insecticides really boost crop yields? New study raises doubts

Ever year, farmers in the United States devote at least 80 million acres, a combined landmass three-quarters the size of ...
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Viewpoint: 5 reasons there’s a ‘civil war’ brewing between organic food advocates

There’s something of a civil war brewing in the organic movement. On one side are industry boosters boasting about how ...
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EU rapeseed could recover from poor summer harvest, but neonic insecticide ban poses ‘painful’ challenge

Rapeseed sowings in major EU producers could increase after this summer’s poor harvest although restrictions on insecticides are causing problems ...
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USDA reinstates honeybee population survey controversially suspended amid budget cuts

The US Department of Agriculture will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report on October 1 -- ...
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Congressional Democrats push EPA to defend expanded approval of controversial pesticide sulfoxaflor

Oregon Democrats are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to defend its decision to expand the use of a pesticide ...
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Natural plant enzyme could aid efforts to produce medicine in crops

Plants can do many amazing things. Among their talents, they can manufacture compounds that help them repel pests, attract pollinators, ...
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Activist groups sue EPA to block expanded approval of alleged ‘bee-killing’ insecticide sulfoxaflor

Beekeepers asked the Ninth Circuit on [September 6] to block the federal government’s approval of the unrestricted use of the ...
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Pollen diversity boosts honeybee defenses against parasites, insecticides, long-distance transport

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide exposure could harm ground-nesting bees, study suggests

In a first-ever study investigating the risk of neonicotinoid insecticides to ground-nesting bees, University of Guelph researchers have discovered at ...
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‘Severe blow’ to Irish agriculture: Regulators reject farmers’ request to use neonicotinoid insecticides

The failure to grant a derogation for the use of Redigo Deter seed dressing – which contains the neonicotinoid clothianidin ...
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Gene-silencing biopesticide targets harmful insects without threatening pollinators

A natural, sustainable alternative to pesticides that targets specific pests, without harming beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, is being developed ...
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Radar and robots: Can technology turn honeybees into more efficient pollinators?

According to the Bee Informed Partnership, 37.7% of managed honey bee colonies were lost during the 2018-19 winter — the ...
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Viewpoint: Why the Non-GMO Project label is little more than a marketing tool that deceives consumers

The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food ...
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Acute exposure to controversial insecticide sulfoxaflor doesn’t impact bee learning, study shows

Systemic insecticides such as neonicotinoids and sulfoximines can be present in the nectar and pollen of treated crops, through which ...
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Activist group Friends of the Earth study reports farms 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago, blames neonicotinoids

[T]he United States’ agricultural landscape is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 25 years ago. Per a ...
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‘Blame nature not pesticides’: Bee health detectives unravel mystery of 2013 Oregon bumblebee mass deaths

In June 2013, in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Ore., an estimated 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead. Shoppers reported bees falling from ...
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Milkweed: Mother’s milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

Can we encourage a resurgence in butterfly-friendly milkweed populations without making farming even more challenging? ...
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The world faces ‘pollinator collapse’? How and why the media get the science wrong time and again

With neither the facts nor the science on their side, environmental advocacy groups are simply pounding the table ...
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Sen. Chuck Schumer: Pesticide industry behind USDA suspension of honeybee population research

Sen. Chuck Schumer on [July 28] blasted the US Department of Agriculture for suspending data collection of the decline of ...
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Video: Can we keep this parasitic, bee-killing mite out of the US?

“Bees are not just an incredibly charismatic insect, they’re also incredibly vital to our way of life as human beings,” ...
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EPA weighs in on sulfoxaflor: Genetic Literacy Project Q&A on controversial decision to lift restrictions on alleged ‘bee-killing’ pesticide

The FDA replied to our questions with a detailed defense of its decision to lift restrictions on sulfoxaflor ...
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‘Industrial-scale’ beekeeping doesn’t boost disease prevalence in honeybee colonies, study shows

It is generally thought that the intensification of farming will result in higher disease prevalences, although there is little specific ...