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Neonicotinoids, glyphosate may impact honeybees’ ability to taste and learn, ‘field realistic’ lab study claims

Hive-bound young honey bees (Apis mellifera) are being poisoned by insecticide and weed killer gathered by their foraging hive mates, ...
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Field study finds no negative impact on bees from neonicotinoid insecticide

In the last decade, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides increased significantly in the agricultural landscape and meanwhile considered a risk ...
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Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming monarch butterflies threatened by dicamba herbicide

Dicamba drifts. Apparently, more than expected by a lot of farmers, agriculture officials and manufacturers. But does that mean, as ...
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Viewpoint: Population declines are a greater crisis than extinctions

Forget extinctions. Population decline is a much greater crisis. ... We watch for extinctions like those with the thought that, ...
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Woman’s death blamed on bee-sting acupuncture promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop

A 55-year-old Spanish woman has died following repeated exposures to an acupuncture method that uses live, stinging bees instead of ...
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Bee-friendly pesticides? Protein discovery could lead to less toxic neonicotinoid insecticides

[S]tudies have shown that not all the compounds are equally toxic to [honeybees], suggesting that there might be variation in ...
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European Commission faces increasing political pressure to back neonicotinoid insecticides ban to protect bees

EU lawmakers have urged the European Commission to convince member states to back its proposal to ban neonicotinoids and avoid ...
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Did the EPA and Monsanto conspire to hide glyphosate’s health risks?

A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee repeated the debunked conspiracy theory that Monsanto manipulated the EPA to hide evidence ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide levels ‘well below’ those toxic to aquatic life in Canada, research shows

A study into the presence of neonicotinoids in Canadian waterways suggests a ban or restriction of neonicotinoid seed treatments is ...
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Viewpoint: California judge blocks spraying of citrus-killing Asian psyllid, courting disaster

“Judge Orders California Agriculture Officials to Cease Pesticide Use" ... The judge’s decision is so scary because he just indefinitely ...

Bad weather, habitat destruction and pesticides are main threats to monarch butterflies

The number of monarch butterflies that overwintered in forests in Mexico fell for a second straight year, experts say. Monday's ...
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Viewpoint: Field studies suggest bee health issues not linked to neonicotinoid insecticides

According to the European Union Food Safety Authority, most uses of neonicotinoids represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees ...
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Will Australia ban neonicotinoid insecticides despite no evidence of bee declines on the continent?

European farmers are facing a total ban on a common group of pesticides after a report confirms they harm bees, ...
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California almond industry may face challenges as ‘backup bee’ project developed as alternative to honeybee crop pollination cancelled

The almond industry contributes an estimated $21 billion annually to California’s economy and it is completely dependent on honeybees for ...
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European farm groups defend neonicotinoids as environmental NGOs calls for total ban to protect bees

[Editor's note: On Feb. 28, the European Food Safety Authority issued a report concluding that neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to wild bees and honeybees, European Food Safety Authority says

The world’s most widely used insecticides pose a serious danger to both honeybees and wild bees, according to a major ...
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Viewpoint: Bans on neonicotinoid insecticides may not actually help bees

Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees. The ...
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Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta, blame neonicotinoid manufacturers for bee deaths

A Quebec class-action lawsuit against two producers of neonicotinoids — commonly used insecticides that have been linked to a declining population of honeybees — ...
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Neonicotinoid, fipronil insecticides largely ineffective as pests develop resistance, study says

A new study raises questions about the effectiveness of the two most popular types of agricultural pesticides, noting overreliance on ...
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Farmers, environmental advocacy groups disagree on neonicotinoids’ impact on bees

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is among the organizations lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the pesticides, known ...
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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 ...