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Backup pollinators: California almond, fruit producers hope blue orchard bees can reinforce honeybees

The need for a backup bee has become critical, particularly in almond orchards. Almonds are California’s second-largest crop, injecting an ...
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Viewpoint: Total ban on ‘bee-harming’ neonicotinoid insecticides is not the best path forward

Calls to ban ‘bee-harming pesticides’ heightened last year following the release of new field studies on the effects of neonicotinoids, ...
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Farmers in Quebec, Canada will now have to get permission to use neonicotinoid insecticides on crops

Quebec is introducing new restrictions on pesticides considered harmful to honeybees. Under the changes, farmers will have to get permission from a certified ...
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Do trace levels of neonicotinoid insecticides found in waterways threaten aquatic life?

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey detected neonicotinoid pesticides in 10 Great Lakes tributaries throughout the year, although the levels ...
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Managed honey bees can harm wild pollinator species

There is widespread concern about the global decline in pollinators and the associated loss of pollination services. This concern is ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide may increase honeybee survival when manure bacteria is present, lab study finds

Recent studies of honeybees and bumblebees have examined combinatory effects of different stressors, as insect pollinators are naturally exposed to ...
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Trace amounts of neonicotinoid insecticides found in 70 percent of Great Lakes stream samples

Pesticides thought to harm some kinds of bees are turning up in Great Lakes tributaries at unexpected times of the year ...
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Will Australian stores’ removal of household neonicotinoid products help bees?

Katja Hogendoorn is a native bee expert and Research Associate within the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the ...
Stonyfield-Gary Hirshberg fiasco grows over video with young girls spreading misinformation about farming and GMOs

Stonyfield-Gary Hirshberg fiasco grows over video with young girls spreading misinformation about farming and GMOs

Usually, a video with kids talking is cute, funny, perhaps poignant. However, scientists’ and farmers’ reactions to a promotional video ...
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Growth in urban beekeeping hurting wild bees

The rise in amateur beekeepers keeping hives on roofs and gardens is contributing to the decline of wild bees, Cambridge ...
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Beepocalypse myth busting: Honey bees, not wild species, key for crop pollination—and they’re doing fine

Like GMOs and vaccines, misinformation is rife on the topic of bees. Fearmongers warn of a coming "Beepocalypse." The media ...
Some large Australian supermarket chains removing neonicotinoid insecticides from shelves, citing bee health concerns

Some large Australian supermarket chains removing neonicotinoid insecticides from shelves, citing bee health concerns

Woolworths in Australia has joined a growing list of companies to stop supplying a controversial pesticide linked to global declines in ...
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New Zealand garden centers continue selling neonicotinoid insecticides, won’t follow Bunnings’ lead

Kiwi garden centres will not immediately follow hardware giant Bunnings' lead and stop selling controversial pesticides said to harm bees ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 22, 2018

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 22, 2018

Viewpoint: It’s unreasonable to think Big Ag controls pro-GMO scientists | Cameron English I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic ...
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Hardware chain Bunnings Warehouse pulls neonicotinoid insecticides over bee health concerns

A controversial pesticide allegedly linked to bee deaths will be pulled from [Australian, New Zealand, and UK hardware store chain] Bunnings' ...
Tackling bees' greatest threat: Lithium chloride could kill Varroa destructor mites without harming bees

Tackling bees’ greatest threat: Lithium chloride could kill Varroa destructor mites without harming bees

A new study suggests that tiny doses of lithium chloride could be an easy and effective treatment for Varroa mites, ...
Herbicides and fungicides could be key factors in bee health problems, study finds

Herbicides and fungicides could be key factors in bee health problems, study finds

Honey bees might be drawn to the very chemicals that are endangering them, based on experiments in which they preferred ...
Rethinking the pesticides–neonicotinoids–bee health crisis narrative: Why the media get it wrong

Rethinking the pesticides–neonicotinoids–bee health crisis narrative: Why the media get it wrong

Are bees endangered because of the use of insecticides, and in particular the class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, which ...
Despite 2014 EU ban, neonicotinoid insecticides still found in quarter of UK honey samples

Despite 2014 EU ban, neonicotinoid insecticides still found in quarter of UK honey samples

Almost a quarter of British honey samples remain contaminated after a partial ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, new research has revealed ...
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‘Müllerian mimicry’: Gut microbes ‘speak the language’ of your immune system

Müllerian mimicry is a well-studied phenomenon, particularly in butterflies, in which completely unrelated species come to display the same patterns ...
Canada proposes new limits—but no ban—on neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees

Canada proposes new limits—but no ban—on neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees

The [Canadian] federal government has proposed tighter restrictions around two insecticides that are harmful to bees, but stopped short of ...
Viewpoint: Use Amazon Smile to support real charities—not Non-GMO Project's fearmongering

Viewpoint: Use Amazon Smile to support real charities—not Non-GMO Project’s fearmongering

Many people will turn to the Internet this year for holiday shopping, with Amazon being a popular choice. Savvy shoppers ...
Should we create 'genetically superior' bee species resistant to varroa mites?

Should we create ‘genetically superior’ bee species resistant to varroa mites?

In Australia, the bee industry is trying to find a way to protect Aussie bees from the varroa mite before ...
EPA reverses course, says neonicotinoid insecticides benefit soybeans, other crops

EPA reverses course, says neonicotinoid insecticides benefit soybeans, other crops

EPA has reversed an Obama-era determination that seeds treated with commonly-used neonicotinoid insecticides bring little benefit to soybean production, a ...
EU delays vote on complete ban of neonicotinoid insecticides until next year

EU delays vote on complete ban of neonicotinoid insecticides until next year

The European Commission has delayed a vote on the banning of three neonicotinoids to include all outdoor crops. Member states ...
With biotech law in place, will Uganda embrace GMOs to tackle hunger?

With biotech law in place, will Uganda embrace GMOs to tackle hunger?

After an afternoon drizzle, Ephraim Muhereza carefully scouts his three-acre banana plantation in Gayaza, Wakiso district, plucking male buds from ...
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 ...