Honeybees Dying Young When Exposed To Popular Neonicotinoid Pesticides

A commonly used insecticide might be far more dangerous for some bees than experts have previously thought, cutting their lives short by about 25 percent and damaging the health of their hives. Research based in Ontario and Quebec, where a type of insecticide called neonicotinoids are popular, found that bees were exposed to the chemicals for…

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Bees an endangered species?

For the first time ever, bees are now considered an endangered species in the United States. On Friday, the Federal Register publicized the decision classifying seven types of the honey-producing insects endangered, noting that loss of habitat and competition with invasive non-indigenous insects had caused their numbers to dwindle in recent years. According to the Register,…

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Deciphering The Mysterious Decline Of Honey Bees

In 2006 beekeepers in the United States reported that a mysterious affliction, dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD), was causing widespread die-offs of bees. In colonies affected by CCD, adult workers completely disappeared, although plentiful brood (developing bees) and the queen remained
Beekeepers expect some of their bees to die off from season to season – typically, around 17 percent annually. But in recent years, losses have been more than twice as high.

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Nader Conference, May 23: Beyond Pesticides will outline 35 years of fight for organic agriculture

Beyond Pesticides points to certified organic agriculture as the answer to the pesticide treadmill of increasing use of toxic pesticides harmful to people, pollinators, biodiversity and a sustainable environment.

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How much do you know about bees? – quiz

Despite our professed concern for bees, a YouGov poll for Friends of the Earth found that most of us can’t recognise a honey bee. Take the green group’s quiz to see how much you know

• The Great British Bee Count take place from 19 May-30 June