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Did Canada overestimate the risks of neonicotinoid pesticides?

On Aug. 16, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency proposed to ban all outdoor uses of [the neonicotinoids] clothianidin and ...
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Scientists hunting Asian hornet—invasive ‘honey bee killer’ spotted in U.K.

An Asian hornet sighting has been confirmed in Cornwall, sparking a hunt for the honey bee killer's nesting sites. The ...
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Here’s what electricity can teach us about pesticide safety

Many people may find it difficult to imagine how a pesticide could ever be safe. To understand how that is ...
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Farmers say Europe’s neonicotinoid pesticide bans put their crops at risk

In April [2018], the EU introduced a ban on outdoor use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – ...
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France’s neonicotinoid ban just took effect. How will it impact farmers?

A ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides [entered] into force in France on [August 31], placing the country at the forefront ...
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10 tips for better communication about pesticide science, risks

One of the biggest challenges for any risk communications professional today is to deliver positive messages on pesticides. Like any ...
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Viewpoint: Public’s support for Canadian neonicotinoid ban obscures bigger threats to bee health

On Aug. 15 .... Health Canada held a news conference to explain why it was banning neonicotinoid insecticides .... Health ...
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Pursuing alternatives: Honeybees may be helped by other pollinators

The honeybee, Apis mellifera, has been the dominant pollinator for decades but now is threatened by pesticides, pathogens, parasites and ...
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Sulfoxaflor: The ‘bee-friendly’ neonicotinoid replacement that could hurt bumble bees

With overwhelming evidence on the risks that neonicotinoids .... pose to bees, phytopharmaceutical companies look towards innovation to replace already ...
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Protecting pollinators: New logging practices triple wild bee populations in one year

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important ...
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Farmers consider a world without glyphosate—and it’s less than ideal

"More glufosinate, maybe more paraquat." "I would have to find a different burn down chemical, likely paraquat. Would use more ...
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The disconnect between predictions of a ‘bee-apocalypse’ and rising bee populations

Media stories around bee-apocalypse and imminent collapse of the human food system require a dose of reality. ... There are ...
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Organic Times: New satire site takes Onion-like look at crop biotechnology activists

Agriculture is a serious topic. While farmers in the developing world struggle to save their crops from pest invasions and ...
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Canada will phase out two kinds of neonicotinoids in 2021, citing harm to bee populations

The federal government will begin phasing out the outdoor use of nicotine-based pesticides beginning in 2021 ... Neonicotinoids, or neonics, ...
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How is India’s organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going? Peering past the propaganda, not so sustainably.

India's farm sector is in massive flux and strife right now. After a massive ten-day strike in June, Indian farmers ...
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Viewpoint: Federal regulators should clamp down on ‘misleading’ non-GMO advertising

For a long time, American consumers .... could read a food label or product advertisement and trust that the information ...
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Protect your pets: Many agriculturally necessary plants are naturally toxic to animals

Not all plants are wholesome for foraging animals. Certain species of milkweed, for example, that are highly valued as host ...
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As honeybee population grows, scientists question link between neonicotinoids and bee health

Some argue that an increase in insecticide use and a much-publicized Colony Collapse Disorder [CCD] issue have caused honey bees ...
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Using gene editing to merge an organism’s chromosomes into ‘one giant molecule’

Complex organisms have complex genomes. While bacteria and archaea keep all of their genes on a single loop of DNA, ...
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Regulators reverse Obama-era ban on GMOs, neonicotinoid pesticides in wildlife refuges

The Interior Department announced plans [August 3rd] to reverse a rule that banned the use of pesticides in national wildlife ...
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Celestial Seasonings accused of misleading consumers with non-GMO label

Anything calling itself “sleepy time” should be calm and relaxing, right? But there’s not much comfort to be found in ...
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Can a genetic test predict risk of opioid addiction?

The opioid crisis is an ongoing tragedy, with fatal overdoses costing thousands of lives each year. Although opioids are an ...
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Even as managed honeybee colonies hit record numbers, another threat to their health is identified: Mystery viruses

The quest to figure out what's behind honeybee deaths has become as much a political question as a scientific one. Recent ...
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Chemical giant Bayer challenging Europe’s neonicotinoids ban

Bayer will appeal...the recent ruling of the General Court of the European Union (EU) to ban neonicotinoids. [T]he German multinational pharmaceutical company ...
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Viewpoint: Activists fret about neonics, but viruses are the real threat to bees

While environmentalists raise millions of dollars insisting they will get targeted pesticides (e.g. neonicotinoids) banned to save bees that aren't ...
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Questioning EU neonics ban: Pesticides are ‘not a curse but a blessing’

Plant protection products and green genetic engineering [tools] are not a curse but a blessing, says Dr. Klaus Schlüter, a ...
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Several European Union nations rebuked over efforts to sidestep neonicotinoid ban

At least two EU countries continue to use emergency exemptions to sidestep a ban on pesticides that scientists believe harm ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no one ‘butterfly-killing bogeyman’ to blame for declining monarch populations

“When you look at the 25-year trend, it seems quite dire,” [Anurag] Agrawal, a Cornell University professor of ecology and ...