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Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm

Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings WASHINGTON – A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released recently from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark report is…

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Man Grew Gardens to Save Unwanted Bees and People on Lots Abandoned After Katrina

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Man saves bees targeted for extermination by growing food for all on lots that were abandoned after Hurricane Katrina One man has pulled a 180 on one of the poorest, abandoned areas. The Ninth Ward of New Orleans never recovered after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago. But…

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Europe is on the Brink of Completely Banning Bee-Killing Insecticides

By Alex Pietrowski As the first North American bumble bee has been officially added to the list of endangered species in the U.S., the European government is making a move to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are widely believed to be a major contributing factor to the rapid collapse of the world’s bee and pollinator…

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Maryland Beekeepers Ended 2016 with Another Year of Heavy Losses

By Bill Castro, Bee Friendly Apiary The year 2016 will be known to Maryland beekeepers as another year of extremely heavy losses. According to Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), losses exceeded 56 percent in 2016. Over a three-year average, Maryland beekeepers have lost 54 percent of their total colonies. Maryland has approximately 14,000 (plus) registered honeybee colonies,…

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Iowa City Carves 1000 Acres to Seed Habitat Rescue for Bees and Butterflies

By Brandon Turbeville As the bee population continues to decline, many people are becoming increasingly concerned. Some in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, however, are now taking action to do what they can to prevent bees from disappearing completely. The plan coming out of Cedar Rapids seeks to seed 188 acres with wild flowers and native prairie…

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Wake Up Call: 2 Studies Show 347 Native Bee Species “Spiraling Toward Extinction”

By Claire Bernish Having taken a backseat to any number of controversies surrounding the nascent Trump administration, pollinators should be back in the headlines — again painting a tragic portent for the future of the planet’s food supply — as an analysis found 347 bee species native to North America and Hawai`i “are spiraling toward…

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Mural Artivist Paints London in Bees to Save Them – 16 Photos

By Heather Callaghan, Editor While the media is fond of scaring the public with the issue of bee die-offs, it is not as fond of questioning its corporate sponsors in their probable role in killing pollinator populations with neonicotinoid pesticides. This class of pesticides is highly implicated in the drastic pollinator declines according to non-corporate sponsored scientists….

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