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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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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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Pennsylvania Honeybees Experiencing Trouble

Pennsylvania honeybees are experiencing trouble as hives begin to deplete. “Statewide, we are holding our own, but we have to replace our bees frequently,” said Charlie Vorisek, president of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA) from 2012 to 2016. “We probably bring in over $1 million worth of honeybees from the south every spring to…

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New Zealand Beekeeping Firm: 100 Years Old

Murray Bush, a Marlborough, New Zealand beekeeper, says beekeepers are like all other farmers—cattle, pigs, sheep, etc.—though beekeepers don’t require fencing in order to keep stock in, offering a unique enterprise with an equally unique “farm” animal. “At the end of the day, like any farmer, we need healthy stock to control pests and diseases…And…

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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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MD Coalition Critical of State Pollinator Plan

In recent months, there have been legislative efforts in various US states to place restrictions on pesticides (specifically neonicotinoids) that are believed by some experts to be harmful to honeybees and other pollinators. Maryland in particular has led the charge by its General Assembly passing the first statewide consumer restriction on neonicotinoids earlier this year,…

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Maryland Stepping Up Against Dangerous Pesticides

The fight to preserve honeybee populations is an ongoing struggle, and while some states have found success amidst the uncertainty and reported colony collapses, there are still plenty reporting mass losses in honeybees and honey shortages. While the exact cause is still under debate, many researchers believe a contributing factor to colony collapses is the…

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Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Hurts More than the Honey Industry

All things considered, beekeeping is considered a relatively small industry in the United States. Last year (2014), it is estimated the industry generated over $325 million in revenue. I already know what you are thinking…how do I get a small business like that? However, like many smaller niches, beekeeping affects many other industries, most notably,…

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