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Bad weather to blame for recent uptick in US honeybee loses

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather ...
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Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Has GMO use really led to a “flood” of pesticide use, as critics contend? That’s not what the data show ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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EU Court of Justice upholds ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, dismissing cases by Bayer and Syngenta

A top European Union court upheld on Thursday (17 May) the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee ...
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Indian government committee says more field trials needed before GMO mustard commercialization

A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed ...
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Viewpoint: Why does US still use neonicotinoid insecticides when they’re banned in Europe?

In late April, the European Union banned a blockbuster trio of neonicotinoid insecticides, marketed by chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer. The decision, motivated by mounting ...
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USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development

The US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a ...
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UK science advisor: Neonicotinoid debate highlights need to reform cycle of pesticide approvals and bans

New pesticides are typically licensed for use based on the guidance written on the label of the container. This guidance ...
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Reproductive warfare: Do infertile ‘kamikaze sperm’ thwart rival males?

In the 1990s, biologist Robin Baker put forth the idea that a significant proportion of human sperm are not actually capable of ...
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Earth’s weirdest and most exotic creatures: Research bonanza for genetics and science

From the axolotl’s regenerating limbs to naked mole rat cancer resistance, new sequencing is uncovering new possibilities ...
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How scientists use meta-analysis to try to make sense of contradictory findings on neonicotinoids and bees

The EU has announced a near-total ban on three insecticides that we now know are harmful to bees and other pollinators. And yet for ...
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Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations

This is the third in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Scientists worry EU’s neonicotinoid ban could lead to increase in spraying of other insecticides

Dr Bill Parker, Director of Research, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said: “While this decision is not unexpected given ...
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EU health commissioner: Neonicotinoid, glyphosate decisions show European regulations consistent, science-based

No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate ...
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UK National Farmers Union: Neonicotinoid ban could compromise crop protection

The NFU has called the decision to ban the use of neonicotinoids to all outdoor crops as a "regrettable decision ...
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EU approves total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides due to bee health concerns

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they ...
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Eating rare farm animal breeds could actually save them from extinction

When you think about Britain’s endangered animals, hedgehogs, small tortoiseshell butterflies and puffins may spring to mind. But rare breeds ...
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Viewpoint: Friends of the Earth ignores organic pesticides harmful to bees

Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the sale of ...
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Not just pesticides: Honeybee health impacted by habitat loss, nutrition, pathogens and more

Around 2006, beekeepers and scientists started talking about something called colony collapse disorder. CCD at that time was a new phenomenon; suddenly whole hives of ...
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Neonicotinoids, glyphosate may impact honeybees’ ability to taste and learn, ‘field realistic’ lab study claims

Hive-bound young honey bees (Apis mellifera) are being poisoned by insecticide and weed killer gathered by their foraging hive mates, ...
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Field study finds no negative impact on bees from neonicotinoid insecticide

In the last decade, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides increased significantly in the agricultural landscape and meanwhile considered a risk ...
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Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming monarch butterflies threatened by dicamba herbicide

Dicamba drifts. Apparently, more than expected by a lot of farmers, agriculture officials and manufacturers. But does that mean, as ...
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Viewpoint: Population declines are a greater crisis than extinctions

Forget extinctions. Population decline is a much greater crisis. ... We watch for extinctions like those with the thought that, ...
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Woman’s death blamed on bee-sting acupuncture promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop

A 55-year-old Spanish woman has died following repeated exposures to an acupuncture method that uses live, stinging bees instead of ...
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Bee-friendly pesticides? Protein discovery could lead to less toxic neonicotinoid insecticides

[S]tudies have shown that not all the compounds are equally toxic to [honeybees], suggesting that there might be variation in ...
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European Commission faces increasing political pressure to back neonicotinoid insecticides ban to protect bees

EU lawmakers have urged the European Commission to convince member states to back its proposal to ban neonicotinoids and avoid ...
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Did the EPA and Monsanto conspire to hide glyphosate’s health risks?

A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee repeated the debunked conspiracy theory that Monsanto manipulated the EPA to hide evidence ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide levels ‘well below’ those toxic to aquatic life in Canada, research shows

A study into the presence of neonicotinoids in Canadian waterways suggests a ban or restriction of neonicotinoid seed treatments is ...