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Study Says One Neonicotinoid Insecticide Might Not Harm Honey Bee Colonies

As it can be easy to surmise at this point, the rising loss of honey bee colonies throughout the U.S. and the world is the result of multiple stressors, such as pesticides, habitat loss, climate change, malnutrition, viruses, and parasites, coming together in fatal combinations. Because of the seriousness surrounding the decline of honey bees,…

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Pesticides Could Affect a Honey Bee’s Social Behavior

While research into neonicotinoid pesticides, which have proven to be harmful to pollinators like honey bees, has brought about many new revelations, scientists announced recent findings that provide new insight into how these pesticides affect the declining pollinating species around the world. It turns out exposure to a specific neonicotinoid pesticide called imidacloprid causes complex…

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Are Honeybees Attracted to the Chemicals Causing Them Harm?

Based on several recent experiments, there is a strong possibility that honeybees are drawn to the same chemicals that could mean their downfall, with the experiments themselves featuring bees that preferred water mixed with the chemicals and not just sugar. These findings, which were published recently in Scientific Reports, indicate that popular fungicides and herbicides…

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Research Saying Properly Used Neonics Not Harmful

According researchers from the University of Guelph, their new studies have shown that three neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) that are used most for flowering crops, despite the growing controversy around them, pose no danger to honeybee populations when used properly for seed treatments. Considering there are governments around the world seeking to ban the manufacture, distribution,…

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Pesticides Could Mean Less Genetic Diversity in Bees

In 2006, the arrival of the unexplainable, unexpected colony collapse disorder spooked enough individuals in the United States and beyond into taking notice of the plight of honey bees and various other pollinators, such as monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, and native wild bee species. While some debated the veracity of one specific cause being the reason…

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Bee Colonies Shown to Be Increasing

After studying the considerable losses in honeybee colonies in recent years, authorities, including the Department of Agriculture, had stipulated that the causes behind the decline were disease and parasites, leading to the mysterious phenomenon colony collapse disorder (CCD). The average loss in 2016 reported by beekeepers among their commercial hives, per the U.S. Agriculture Department,…

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Urban Beekeepers Saving Bees and Making Beer

Without honeybees and other pollinating species, human beings’ survival situation would become much more precarious. Given their irreplaceable role in agriculture, bees are, without a doubt, fundamental. Whether it’s vegetables, fruits, nuts, or dairy and meat from cows and other livestock, who rely on bee-dependent grasses like alfalfa, bees are responsible for much of what we…

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Stingless Bees – A Honeybee Alternative?

With the world’s global honeybee populations seeing various levels of decline and potentially further decreases in the future, scientists and entire governments are researching and seeking ways to improve not only honeybee numbers but also those of native wild bee species like bumblebees. Their importance to crop production is critical, as wild and “domesticated” pollinators…

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A Free Ice Cream Cone Day by Häagen-Dazs – for Honeybees

By its own account, the Häagen-Dazs ice cream brand started in 1961 under Reuben and Rose Mattus. Innovators of their time, they sought to improve their industry by using the best ingredients to create better products. Beginning with only three flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, Häagen-Dazs opened its first retail store in 1976. Growing into…

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Honeybee Flight Damaged by Common Pesticide

Scientists continue to seek out the root causes behind colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has been leading to declining honeybee populations for years. Between 2015-2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that beekeepers around the country lost 44 percent of their hives. Many factors have been considered over what is causing CCD, including malnutrition, diseases,…

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Study on Pesticides – Low Risk to Honeybees?

A recent study by a global agrochemical company, which concluded there was only a low risk to honeybees from the widely used popular pesticides neonicotinoids, has been called “misleading” in new research published by statisticians from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. Neonicotinoids, also called neonics, may be implicated in honeybee losses and that of other…

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EPA Decision Enrages Environmentalists

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged that three of the nation’s most popular neonicotinoid pesticides pose risks to commercial honeybees. However, in a recent second decision, the agency refused to restrict the use of any deadly pesticides despite evidence of their harm to pollinators. The EPA analysis indicated that honeybees can be harmed by…

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Ruling May Change Bee Death, Pesticides Debate

Safety tests submitted to European regulators by chemical companies will be revealed soon and could have a major impact on the debate around the number of global bee deaths. The decision has been hailed by environmental groups, which have insisted on transparency relating to how pesticides are regulated. Neonicotinoid pesticides, including those manufactured by Bayer…

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Court Rejects Lawsuit, Sets Beekeepers Back

A federal court rejected a lawsuit regarding pesticides in seed coatings, causing a setback for beekeepers around the U.S. Beekeepers and consumer groups issued a lawsuit against the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to regulate insecticide coatings on crop seeds since many experts believe that the pesticides in the coatings are a key element in the…

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Pesticides Hurting Queen Bees’ Egg-Laying Ability

If beekeepers are looking to have healthier colonies this year and many more to come, a new study out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests they put pesticides down—or at least the highly popular classes of nicotine-based pesticides that hold great similarities to neonicotinoid pesticides, which have largely come under scrutiny in recent years. According to this…

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Ban on Pesticides: Minnesota on the Bandwagon

The debate regarding pesticides and their effects on honeybees and other pollinating species has been ongoing for several years, with some companies phasing out pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids, known to cause harm to honeybees as well as hurting their ability to navigate outside the hive. Some US states like Maryland have actually started setting limits on…

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New Study on Pesticides Countering Claims

Many stories have been published regarding the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides and how they negatively impact honeybees and other pollinators. So far have studies and stories gone that some companies and state governments are phasing out these pesticides and regulating how much they can be used, respectively. However, a recent study offers the counter claim…

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‘Bee-Friendly’ Pesticides May Be Hurting Them

There have been many efforts on the part of researchers to find ways of helping honeybees fight off diseases, pathogens, and parasites like the elusive varroa mite. Some of those efforts include designing pesticides that combat the effects of these factors without harming the bees themselves—something especially crucial these days considering the deadly effects neonicotinoid pesticides…

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Pesticides Harming Honeybee Fertility

It’s been well reported that honeybee populations are declining not only in the United States but also around the globe, with the suspected reasons including pathogens, malnutrition, loss of habitat, and, of course, pesticides (or more specifically neonicotinoid pesticides). While it’s been heavily suspected that pesticides are a contributing factor to colony collapse disorder (CCD)…

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