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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 ...
Viewpoint: Greenpeace, environmental activists spread misinformation on honeybees and pesticides

Viewpoint: Greenpeace, environmental activists spread misinformation on honeybees and pesticides

Bloomberg reports some good news: Honeybee hive health has improved and so-called colony collapse disorder (CCD) is less of a problem ...
Why hobby beekeepers may present the biggest threat to honeybee health

Why hobby beekeepers may present the biggest threat to honeybee health

The much-publicized decline of the nation’s honeybee population is greatly exaggerated, according to the organizers of a new [Indiana] beekeeping ...
Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

A new study being peddled by anti-GMO activists suggests that table vinegar may be equal or superior to advanced breeding ...
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 ...
Protecting growing population of honeybees may threaten vulnerable, more critical wild bees

Protecting growing population of honeybees may threaten vulnerable, more critical wild bees

The honeybee, a single managed species, often occupies the headlines and most of the campaigns to raise awareness about the ...
Antisocial bees could aid the study of autism in humans

Antisocial bees could aid the study of autism in humans

A new study reveals that [antisocial bees] share a genetic profile with people who have autism spectrum disorders, which can ...
US honey bee population rose 3 percent in last year as colony collapse disorder concerns ease

US honey bee population rose 3 percent in last year as colony collapse disorder concerns ease

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths ...
Viewpoint: Canadian monarch butterfly and bee populations thrive as glyphosate use increases

Viewpoint: Canadian monarch butterfly and bee populations thrive as glyphosate use increases

What happened to the monarchs? The popular story is that genetically modified crops and an evil herbicide called glyphosate (also ...
GMOs are not an either/or debate

GMOs are not an either/or debate

On the one hand, GM crops can help us feed poor people in far-flung parts of the world by making ...
House Democrats push for neonicotinoid insecticide ban in next farm bill

House Democrats push for neonicotinoid insecticide ban in next farm bill

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) wants to include a ban on pesticides linked to declining bee health in next year’s farm ...
'True blue' chrysanthemum flowers created using genetic engineering

‘True blue’ chrysanthemum flowers created using genetic engineering

Roses are red, but science could someday turn them blue. That’s one of the possible future applications of a technique ...
UK expected to follow EU policy on neonicotinoid insecticides

UK expected to follow EU policy on neonicotinoid insecticides

Newly proud “environmentalist” Michael Gove is promising to deliver a “green Brexit” which will set global gold standards on policies ...
Quebec's plan to prohibit neonics and other pesticides upsets grain producers

Quebec’s plan to prohibit neonics and other pesticides upsets grain producers

Grain producers are not digesting the concept of pesticide regulation announced on [July 19] as part of the Quebec Pesticide ...
Making the case for sustainability in 'industrial agriculture'

Making the case for sustainability in ‘industrial agriculture’

Attacks on GMOs are often a proxy for criticisms of globalization, synthetic chemicals and what has come to be called ...
Lead author of bees and neonicotinoids study: 'I don't appreciate' Bayer, Syngenta 'calling me a liar'

Lead author of bees and neonicotinoids study: ‘I don’t appreciate’ Bayer, Syngenta ‘calling me a liar’

The lead author of a major study which found that neonicotinoid pesticides harm honey bees has hit back against criticism ...
Too much inbreeding? Can diversifying honeybees' gene pool increase survival?

Too much inbreeding? Can diversifying honeybees’ gene pool increase survival?

Since 2008, [Susan] Cobey [a honeybee breeder on Whidbey Island, Wash.] has done her share of bee abdomen rubbing as ...
How 'pollinator entrepreneurs' helped stave off 'beepocalypse'

How ‘pollinator entrepreneurs’ helped stave off ‘beepocalypse’

[Editor's note: Shawn Regan is a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana.] Despite ...
Scientists skeptical EU neonicotinoid ban would help bees

Scientists skeptical EU neonicotinoid ban would help bees

As the EU prepares to rule on extending a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, a large-scale study opened the door for industry to argue ...
Milkweed: Mother's milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

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? ...
Viewpoint: Experimental design flaws make it difficult to draw conclusions from 'landmark' neonicotinoid and bee studies

Viewpoint: Experimental design flaws make it difficult to draw conclusions from ‘landmark’ neonicotinoid and bee studies

[Editor's note: Alma Laney is a research associate at Kansas State University. He has a PhD in plant science.] By ...
Activists attack humanitarian 'GMO' corn shipment to Haiti — but seeds aren't genetically engineered

Activists attack humanitarian ‘GMO’ corn shipment to Haiti — but seeds aren’t genetically engineered

The Non-GMO Project attacked the government of Haiti for approving a humanitarian shipment of high-yield conventional corn, claiming the seeds ...
Lead author of controversial bee study: 'Don't give up on neonics' although they may have ‘subtle’, mitigable effects

Lead author of controversial bee study: ‘Don’t give up on neonics’ although they may have ‘subtle’, mitigable effects

[Editor's note: Ben Woodcock is an ecological entomologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK. He is the ...
Talking Biotech: Benefits and unanticipated consequences of neonicotinoid insecticide use

Talking Biotech: Benefits and unanticipated consequences of neonicotinoid insecticide use

Penn State entomologist John Tooker: Neonic coated seeds are not a silver bullet for pest control in all situations ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - July 10, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – July 10, 2017

Backlash to flawed ‘landmark’ European neonicotinoid study: Inconclusive data suggest both health benefits and harm | Jon Entine Is it true there ...
Harmful, beneficial or no effect? Flawed European bees and neonicotinoids study could be misused to support ban

Harmful, beneficial or no effect? Flawed European bees and neonicotinoids study could be misused to support ban

A widely-discussed 3-country study showed no clear impact of neonics on bees. Why did the authors appear to explain away ...
Backlash to flawed 'landmark' European neonicotinoid study: Inconclusive data suggest both health benefits and harm

Backlash to flawed ‘landmark’ European neonicotinoid study: Inconclusive data suggest both health benefits and harm

Upside down news: A backlash by independent scientists has begun to emerge, challenging sensational accounts of a 'landmark' European field ...
Following controversial neonicotinoid study, researchers warn replacement pesticides may be worse for bees

Following controversial neonicotinoid study, researchers warn replacement pesticides may be worse for bees

Two large-scale studies published Thursday [June 29] suggest that common pesticides may harm bee colonies. In some cases, the pesticides ...