processed sugar

Retired Couple Cut Processed Sugars, Turned It Into “Healthy” Business

While most people consider retiring once they hit their 60s, Steve and Joyce and Thorson chose to reinvent their lives and with gusto. Canners, gardeners, and occasionally cattle owners, the Thorson’s live outside of Manhattan, Montana, with Steve owning several construction companies and Joyce previously working as a TSA agent with Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.…

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honeycomb, Etruscans, beekeepers

Ancient Honeycomb Reveals the Etruscans as Beekeepers

Recently discovered during a northern Italy university workshop on the Etruscans, several beekeeping artifacts, including 2,500-year-old seared honeycombs, were discovered by students. They also found remnants of a one-of-a-kind grapevine honey made by beekeepers who must have travelled via rivers to make it. “The importance of beekeeping in the ancient world is well known through…

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Honeybees, Research, Resilience, Health, Breed

Scientists Hoping to Breed Disease Resistant Bees

Pathogen Patterns By studying the genes of honeybees, scientists may one day better comprehend the diseases and viruses that affect them, specifically how their genes resist. “In the past decade, honeybee populations have experienced severe and persistent losses across the Northern Hemisphere, mainly due to the effects of pathogens, such as fungi and viruses,” says…

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Drones, Agriculture, Bees, Pollinators

Scientists Building Bee Drones in Case of Extinction

It’s well known that honeybee and other bee populations are decreasing globally and alarmingly quick. Because of the possibility of bee extinction, while very far off, is a possibility nonetheless, researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan are developing pollinating drones since human beings rely heavily on bees…

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Pesticides, Honeybees, Neonicotinoids,

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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honey, honeybees, bees

East Africa May Hold Key to Healthier Honeybees

Honeybees have been serving as pollinators for millennia, and today they support a multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. However, honeybee health has never been more precarious. Misuse of pesticides, pests within the hive, and climate change are among the threats they face. Most honeybee populations in the U.S. and Europe are showing signs of stress—that is,…

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US, EPA, pesticides

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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