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EU may vote on complete ban of neonicotinoid insecticides this week

EU may vote on complete ban of neonicotinoid insecticides this week

EU countries are poised to vote on a proposal to introduce tougher restrictions on three neonicotinoids in the coming days ...
Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

The stuff with no G to M It would stand to reason that any Non-GMO Project certified item would have ...
Neonicotinoid seed treatments 'best option' for soil pests, but should be used judiciously, study says

Neonicotinoid seed treatments ‘best option’ for soil pests, but should be used judiciously, study says

The topic of neonicotinoid seed treatments (NSTs) continues to keep researchers searching for answers. A study from the University of ...
Leaked draft of EU report reveals mixed findings on neonicotinoids and bees

Leaked draft of EU report reveals mixed findings on neonicotinoids and bees

Draft findings from the European Food Safety Authority feed into a long-running, heated and so far inconclusive debate into why Europe’s ...
Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Does the organic food industry use deceptive marketing practices to scare wealthy customers away from conventional agriculture and GMOs? The ...
Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food. And it's questionable ...
Viewpoint: Biggest 'bee apocalypse' myth? There isn't one

Viewpoint: Biggest ‘bee apocalypse’ myth? There isn’t one

[D]espite panicked claims of an apocalypse, managed honeybee colonies in the United States have actually been rising since 2008. In fact, as of ...
Swiss bee expert: Varroa mites—not neonicotinoid insecticides—primary threat to honeybees

Swiss bee expert: Varroa mites—not neonicotinoid insecticides—primary threat to honeybees

[Jean-Daniel] Charrière oversees bee research at the Swiss government's agriculture institute, Agroscope. ... Currently, there is a big focus among scientists, activists ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups' master plan substitutes 'citizen science' for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups’ master plan substitutes ‘citizen science’ for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

The European Union resisted the lobbying of organic and anti-biotech groups to renew authorization of glyphosate, although only for five ...
Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without ...
Neonicotinoid insecticide has 'no adverse effects' on honeybee colony health, meta-analysis finds

Neonicotinoid insecticide has ‘no adverse effects’ on honeybee colony health, meta-analysis finds

A quantitative weight of evidence (QWoE) methodology was used to assess higher-tier studies on the effects of imidacloprid (IMI) on ...
Fungicides may be to blame for US bumblebee declines, study finds

Fungicides may be to blame for US bumblebee declines, study finds

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they ...
What's next in the long, heated battle over bees and neonicotinoid insecticides?

What’s next in the long, heated battle over bees and neonicotinoid insecticides?

[S]tudies showing real-world evidence of harm from pesticides in the field have been mounting — and environmental organizations have demanded ...
Neonicotinoid, chlorpyrifos insecticides impact bird migration, study finds

Neonicotinoid, chlorpyrifos insecticides impact bird migration, study finds

"Studies on the risks of neonicotinoids have often focused on bees that have been experiencing population declines. However, it is ...
Organic farmer's plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

Organic farmer’s plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

An organic farmer speaks out on the similarities between conventional and organic--and the benefits farmers can receive from using both ...
UK backs complete EU ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, citing harm to pollinators

UK backs complete EU ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, citing harm to pollinators

The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has ...
Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

A recent study showed a 75% decline in Germany’s insect population over a period of almost 30 years but the European Crop ...
Ecological Armageddon? Scientists criticize media coverage of insect study that raised questions about farm pesticide use

Ecological Armageddon? Scientists criticize media coverage of insect study that raised questions about farm pesticide use

Results of a study of insects in protected areas across Germany earned dramatic headlines warning of "ecological Armageddon". ... [T]he ...
Viewpoint: Challenges to glyphosate, neonic safety shows science under attack from 'viral misinformation'

Viewpoint: Challenges to glyphosate, neonic safety shows science under attack from ‘viral misinformation’

The news of scientific prejudice [in the decision by IARC stating that glyphosate was a likely carcinogen, on top of ...
Could we protect bees from neonicotinoid insecticides by planting trees?

Could we protect bees from neonicotinoid insecticides by planting trees?

[I]t's unlikely farmers will give up or limit pesticide use, so instead, a team of researchers at the University of ...
Neonicotinoid insecticides may hurt honey bee colony health by reducing genetic diversity

Neonicotinoid insecticides may hurt honey bee colony health by reducing genetic diversity

[Editor's note: The following is from a study published in the open-access mega-journal PLOS ONE.] Neonicotinoid insecticides can cause a ...
'Ecological Armageddon'? Three-quarters of flying insects in Germany vanished in 25 years, study claims

‘Ecological Armageddon’? Three-quarters of flying insects in Germany vanished in 25 years, study claims

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study.... Insects ...
Viewpoint: ‘Clean eating’ is pseudoscience

Viewpoint: ‘Clean eating’ is pseudoscience

[Editor's note: Dr. Steven Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine.] Eating “clean” is the ...
Understanding honeybee deaths: Close to 100% of Massachusetts' hives infected by viruses

Understanding honeybee deaths: Close to 100% of Massachusetts’ hives infected by viruses

The honey bee population is on the decline, and bee experts want to know why, so the State Department of ...
Viewpoint: Do neonic traces found in world honey pose problems to bees or humans?

Viewpoint: Do neonic traces found in world honey pose problems to bees or humans?

The last taste of honey you enjoyed likely came from bees exposed to neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used class ...
More evidence parasitic Varroa destructor mite poses most serious threat to bee health

More evidence parasitic Varroa destructor mite poses most serious threat to bee health

[Editor’s note: Karen Rennich is the Project Manager for Bee Informed Partnership and APHIS National Survey, working out of University ...
Viewpoint: Climate change, pesticides endanger monarch butterfly populations

Viewpoint: Climate change, pesticides endanger monarch butterfly populations

The life cycle of the monarch hinges on the availability of milkweed, but the prevalence of the herbicide Roundup has ...
Is climate change to blame for disappearing bumblebees?

Is climate change to blame for disappearing bumblebees?

[Researchers] have discovered one of the reasons why bumblebees are disappearing – global warming’s effect on flowering times. Scientists at ...