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Beepocalypse not now: Canada's honeybee colonies up 10% in 2017 to record high

Beepocalypse not now: Canada’s honeybee colonies up 10% in 2017 to record high

On Canadian farms, almost 800,000 honeybee colonies are in active duty this year. That’s about 10 percent more than in ...
Plight of the monarch: Threatened by more than the loss of milkweed food supply

Plight of the monarch: Threatened by more than the loss of milkweed food supply

Anti-GMO critics often blame the herbicide glyphosate for monarch butterfly population declines, as it kills the insect's habitat--weeds. But a ...
European Union rejects attempt to block full ban on neonicotinoid insecticides

European Union rejects attempt to block full ban on neonicotinoid insecticides

MEPs [Members of the European Parliament] have rejected an attempt by UK Conservative MEP Julie Girling to oppose a full ...
Honey bees could be shielded by probiotics from toxic effects of pesticide exposure, study finds

Honey bees could be shielded by probiotics from toxic effects of pesticide exposure, study finds

In a new study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers have shown that probiotics can potentially protect ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - June 19, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – June 19, 2017

WHO’s IARC under fire for ignoring exculpatory data on glyphosate: Should it be reformed or abolished? | Alan Boobis & Angelo ...
'Most deadly' to bees? Neonicotinoid pesticides don't deserve the label

‘Most deadly’ to bees? Neonicotinoid pesticides don’t deserve the label

While some activists blame the popular class of pesticides for bee deaths, research suggests there are many contributing factors. And ...
Canada delays neonicotinoid insecticide ban decision until at least December 2017

Canada delays neonicotinoid insecticide ban decision until at least December 2017

Health Canada won’t issue a final decision on whether it will ban imidacloprid [until at least December 2017], says a ...
Could a mushroom save honey bees from Varroa mites?

Could a mushroom save honey bees from Varroa mites?

What is killing honey bees? The most prevalent cause of death is due to infestation by the invasive Varroa mite, ...
Recording bees' buzzing could help farmers identify, count beneficial pollinators

Recording bees’ buzzing could help farmers identify, count beneficial pollinators

Like jets radioing in their call signs to air traffic control, bees’ buzzing could help scientists know who’s pollinating what ...
Debate swirls over yield and bee health impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments

Debate swirls over yield and bee health impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments

A study by Purdue entomologist Christian Krupke [May 2017] was the latest to conclude that honeybees are widely exposed to ...
Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate

Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate

“I thought it might be worth meeting,” [said Penn State University  entomologist John Tooker], “because I read the piece where ...
Can EPA ‘restore science and common sense’ to neonicotinoid insecticide regulations?

Can EPA ‘restore science and common sense’ to neonicotinoid insecticide regulations?

[A] federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving ...
Protecting bees from neonicotinoid 'poison dust': Scientists disagree on best method

Protecting bees from neonicotinoid ‘poison dust’: Scientists disagree on best method

Most of those seeds have been coated with pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. And despite attempts by ...
US beekeepers report lowest overwinter losses since survey began in 2006

US beekeepers report lowest overwinter losses since survey began in 2006

Beekeepers across the United States lost 33 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2016 to ...
Fake food news: Non-GMO Project sets standard for misleading consumers

Fake food news: Non-GMO Project sets standard for misleading consumers

[Editor's note: Kavin Senapathy is a freelance writer and co-author of The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House.] As a ...
Labeling war budding between organic companies and Non-GMO Project

Labeling war budding between organic companies and Non-GMO Project

I did a little experiment the other day. I stood outside a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., with two ...
Neonicotinoid corn seed treatments likely 'far exceed demonstrable need', study says

Neonicotinoid corn seed treatments likely ‘far exceed demonstrable need’, study says

Nearly every foraging honey bee in the state of Indiana will encounter neonicotinoids during corn planting season, and the common ...
To revive monarch butterflies, plant milkweed in yards and on wild lands, study says

To revive monarch butterflies, plant milkweed in yards and on wild lands, study says

If Monarch butterflies are going to stay off the endangered species list, they need more to eat. And it’s up ...
Fake news is nothing new: 6 pseudo-news websites have colored GMO debate for years

Fake news is nothing new: 6 pseudo-news websites have colored GMO debate for years

"Fake news" may be new to most people, but not to followers of the anti-GMO debate. Here are some of ...
Less milkweed due to herbicide likely contributed to early monarch butterfly declines, study finds

Less milkweed due to herbicide likely contributed to early monarch butterfly declines, study finds

[Monarch butterfly] numbers ... are shrinking. New research at Michigan State University, published in the current issue of the journal ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week - May 22, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – May 22, 2017

Activists claim that without long-term studies, GMOs cannot be considered safe: What does science say? | Jon Entine Colon cancer ...
10 years after Colony Collapse Disorder scare, what have we learned about the plight of bees?

10 years after Colony Collapse Disorder scare, what have we learned about the plight of bees?

Managed honey bees are afflicted by a range of pests, viruses and predators--the worst being the Varroa mite--that have been ...
UK's Labour Party ‘pledges to ban' neonicotinoid insecticides if it takes power

UK’s Labour Party ‘pledges to ban’ neonicotinoid insecticides if it takes power

Neonicotinoid seed treatments will be banned if Labour forms the next government, according to a leaked draft of the party’s ...
European Commission: Scientists find neonicotinoids don't harm bees, restrictions hurt farmers—but support permanent ban

European Commission: Scientists find neonicotinoids don’t harm bees, restrictions hurt farmers—but support permanent ban

The EU's Joint Research Center found that the temporary ban on neonics did not help bees and hurt farmers' ability ...
Federal judge rules EPA did not consider potential impact of neonicotinoids on insects besides bees

Federal judge rules EPA did not consider potential impact of neonicotinoids on insects besides bees

A Minnesota beekeeper has won a round against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a protracted lawsuit over a ...
Varroa mites—‘leading culprit’ of honey bee losses—hitchhike to nearby hives to spread disease

Varroa mites—‘leading culprit’ of honey bee losses—hitchhike to nearby hives to spread disease

As the managed honey bee industry continues to grapple with significant annual colony losses, the Varroa destructor mite is emerging ...
How a permanent ban on neonicotinoid insecticides would impact UK farmers

How a permanent ban on neonicotinoid insecticides would impact UK farmers

The world’s most widely used insecticides could be banned for use on all field crops [in 2017], if proposals are ...
Do farming and chemicals hurt overall honey bee health? Much the opposite, concludes independent study

Do farming and chemicals hurt overall honey bee health? Much the opposite, concludes independent study

While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honey bee health, scientists with the ...