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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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Dirty Dozen List of Fruits and Veggies With Most Pesticides 2017

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Avoid The Top 12 List Of Fruits And Veggies Ridden With Pesticides Not all of us can afford organic produce, that’s why the annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” list is so helpful when we navigate grocery stores and farmers markets. For the last 13 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG),…

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Pesticides are NOT Needed to Feed the World, Says New UN Report

By Alex Pietrowski The argument for the extreme overuse of agrichemicals in global industrial farming is that supposedly without the advances made by Monsanto and other chemical giants, the world would starve. We need products like glyphosate, terminator seeds and genetically modified foods to feed so many people, they say, but this is really nothing…

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Pesticide Exposure Damages the Mouth Microbiome

By Brandon Turbeville A new study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology has demonstrated a disturbing link between pesticide exposure and the destruction of healthy bacteria of the mouth. The study involved an examination of “oral buccal microbiota” in an agriculutural community involving 65 farm workers and 52 non-farm workers. The purpose of…

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As Bee Population Continues Decline Scientists Introduce Robobee

By Brandon Turbeville As the bee population in the United States continues to decline, some scientists are working on a backup option which many people are calling the Robobee. A recent announcement coming out of the journal Chem, in an article by Eijiro Miyako, a chemist that the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and…

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Meals Without Bees – A Photo Series by Fairmont

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Fairmont Hotels has released a photo series depicting a day’s worth of typical meals – but in a near-future without bees. What do hotels have to do with bees? The two don’t really go hand-in-hand, do they? Hotels…bees…hotels…bees… Well, in a world with declining bees you certainly wouldn’t get a complimentary…

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Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides

Illegal approval of dicamba use on engineered crops will harm farmers, environment WASHINGTON – Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed…

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Major Big Box Retailer Calls on Suppliers to Stop Using Bee-Killing Chemicals

By Vic Bishop Major global big box retailer Costco has recently called on their suppliers to limit non-essential pesticides in products to be sold on its store shelves, specifically discouraging the use of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides known to be exceptionally harmful to bees and other critical pollinator insects. With 705 stores worldwide and annual…

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EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’

By Andrea Germanos ‘This is like a doctor diagnosing your illness but then deciding to withhold the medicine you need to cure it’ The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators. One was its “Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees…

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