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Trace amounts of neonicotinoid pesticides found in 75% of honey samples worldwide—'far below' levels dangerous to humans

Trace amounts of neonicotinoid pesticides found in 75% of honey samples worldwide—’far below’ levels dangerous to humans

A new study has found traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in 75% of honey samples from across the world. The scientists ...
Why are thousands of bumblebees dying around the fragrant Linden trees of London?

Why are thousands of bumblebees dying around the fragrant Linden trees of London?

Visitors in the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens near London have reported hundreds, if not thousands of bees, especially bumblebees, sick or ...
UK environmental groups ramp up effort to ban 'bee-harming' neonicotinoids

UK environmental groups ramp up effort to ban ‘bee-harming’ neonicotinoids

Environmental group Friends of the Earth has released a YouGov survey showing that over three quarters of the UK public ...
Calls to ban glyphosate, neonics highlight need to 'protect science', say French corn farmers

Calls to ban glyphosate, neonics highlight need to ‘protect science’, say French corn farmers

At a meeting hosted on Wednesday [27 September] by CEPM, the maize lobby in Europe, maize farmers stressed the need ...
Neonicotinoid seed treatments: Effective crop protectants—or unnecessary, with potential collateral damage to bees?

Neonicotinoid seed treatments: Effective crop protectants—or unnecessary, with potential collateral damage to bees?

If neonic seed treatments don’t increase yields, reducing their use to limit potential harm to bees would be an easier ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 2, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 2, 2017

Tale of two neonicotinoid bumble bee studies—And how science can be massaged | Jon Entine Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel ...
Butterfly phobia: The one food label this dietitian says is best to avoid

Butterfly phobia: The one food label this dietitian says is best to avoid

[Editor's note: Nicole Rodriguez is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.] Every day is Election Day - at the grocery store. Here's ...
Hive coup? Why queen bees are sometimes killed by workers

Hive coup? Why queen bees are sometimes killed by workers

[Editor's note: James Gilbert is a lecturer in zoology at the University of Hull.] A new study has shown that some bee workers ...
Tale of two neonicotinoid bumble bee studies—And how science can be massaged

Tale of two neonicotinoid bumble bee studies—And how science can be massaged

Are neonics dangerous for bees? Two studies published on the same day reached sharply different conclusions. Guess which one got ...
UK farmers have 'deep concerns' over potential EU neonicotinoid ban, survey shows

UK farmers have ‘deep concerns’ over potential EU neonicotinoid ban, survey shows

British arable farmers have deep concerns regarding the European Commission's proposal to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid seed treatments ...
CRISPR may allow us to choose the color of butterfly wings

CRISPR may allow us to choose the color of butterfly wings

Only nature can paint the gorgeous colors and patterns on a butterfly’s wings. But scientists said... they have mastered the ...
Syngenta CEO: Sustainability—not whether something is 'organic'—should be food standard

Syngenta CEO: Sustainability—not whether something is ‘organic’—should be food standard

[Syngenta chief executive Eryk Fyrwald] suggested neonicotinoid pesticides were not as dangerous as was being suggested. While France has confirmed ...
GMOs protect bees by reducing use of more toxic pesticides

GMOs protect bees by reducing use of more toxic pesticides

[Editor’s note: Michelle Miller is the Farm Babe, an Iowa-based farmer, public speaker and writer, who lives and works with ...
Monsanto targets bee-killing varroa mites through RNA interference

Monsanto targets bee-killing varroa mites through RNA interference

The 11th annual national survey of honey bee colonies was recently released and reports of seasonal honey bee losses across ...
Closer look at popular organic fungicide copper sulfate--how does it compare to glyphosate?

Closer look at popular organic fungicide copper sulfate–how does it compare to glyphosate?

Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...
Viewpoint: Challenging claims of a global bee health crisis

Viewpoint: Challenging claims of a global bee health crisis

[Editor’s Note: Howard Minigh  is the President & CEO of CropLife International, a trade association of agrobusiness companies.] First, there ...
Syngenta CEO overseeing ChemChina merger believes introducing GMOs to Europe near hopeless

Syngenta CEO overseeing ChemChina merger believes introducing GMOs to Europe near hopeless

[Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta’s current CEO], joined Syngenta in 2016, after many years in senior management with US-based chemical companies, most ...
Neonics and bees under the microscope: Foraging benefits of neonic-treated crops outweigh negative effects

Neonics and bees under the microscope: Foraging benefits of neonic-treated crops outweigh negative effects

Since 2013 the European Commission has restricted the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides as seed dressings on bee-attractive crops. Such ...
Could we control bee-killing Varroa mites by exploiting their genetic vulnerabilities?

Could we control bee-killing Varroa mites by exploiting their genetic vulnerabilities?

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan ...
Recent increase in honeybee population does not necessarily mean health stress crisis over

Recent increase in honeybee population does not necessarily mean health stress crisis over

Honeybee colonies -- specifically for operations with five or more colonies in the U.S. -- were up in April 2017 ...
Why Scotts Miracle-Gro decided to phase out neonicotinoid insecticides

Why Scotts Miracle-Gro decided to phase out neonicotinoid insecticides

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. made an unusual move last year when the company announced it would remove a class of insecticides ...
Lab study shows ‘no impact’ of thiamethoxam neonicotinoid pesticide exposure on mature bumblebees

Lab study shows ‘no impact’ of thiamethoxam neonicotinoid pesticide exposure on mature bumblebees

In this experiment, we chronically exposed whole mature bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) colonies to field-realistic levels of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam (2.4ppb ...
Micro RNA: Genetic suppression might control insect-borne diseases and limit pesticide use

Micro RNA: Genetic suppression might control insect-borne diseases and limit pesticide use

New methods of controlling mosquitos without chemicals include releasing sterile males, spreading confusing pheromones and, most recently, disrupting egg development ...
Bumblebee queens exposed to neonicotinoid insecticide less likely to lay eggs, lab study finds

Bumblebee queens exposed to neonicotinoid insecticide less likely to lay eggs, lab study finds

A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely ...
Kenya to provide farmers with insect resistant Bt cotton seeds in pilot trials

Kenya to provide farmers with insect resistant Bt cotton seeds in pilot trials

A genetically modified cotton seed variety with high resistance to the Boll worm infestation is due to be released to ...
Central bee health threat—Varroa mite parasite—may be manageable using oregano oil

Central bee health threat—Varroa mite parasite—may be manageable using oregano oil

The ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor is responsible for the death of millions of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies worldwide. Testing ...
Census shows monarch butterfly population not in decline, but scientists challenge findings, blaming milkweed loss

Census shows monarch butterfly population not in decline, but scientists challenge findings, blaming milkweed loss

Monarch butterfly populations have taken a nosedive over the last 20 years, according to researchers who monitor the number of ...
Dannon embraces controversial Non-GMO label for all its products, claiming ‘transparency'

Dannon embraces controversial Non-GMO label for all its products, claiming ‘transparency’

By the end of 2018, all Danimals, Dannon and Oikos branded products for sale in the U.S. will feature the ...