Tag: bees

UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Big news! Research led the environment secretary to overturn the government’s previous opposition, meaning a total EU ban is highly probable. Environment secretary, Michael Grove, revealed last week that the UK will back a complete ban bee-harming pesticides (exempting greenhouses) across Europe. The Guardian reported: The decision reverses the government’s previous position and…

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Hospital Constructs Biggest Organic Rooftop Farm In Boston

With high rates of failing health and processed, fast-food consumption, there are some people making this obvious connection and doing something about it. This organization is guiding hospitals in the direction of fresh, locally grown, and seasonal food for patients. They’re even showing patients how to grow and cook fresh, healthy food in an attempt to liberate them…

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Flowers Are Weapons of Distraction With Nectar a Bargaining Chip

By Natural Blaze Nectar, the high-energy ‘honey’ produced by flowers, might be a brilliant distraction technique to help protect a flower’s reproductive parts, according to new research. Rather than merely providing a ‘come-on’ to bees and other insects to attract them to pollinate the flower, nectar could actually be playing a much more subtle and…

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Government Considering Monarch Butterfly for Endangered Species List

Monarch Butterflies Rapidly Disappearing from Western North America – More Than the East Something is causing monarch butterflies to disappear at a dramatically higher rate in western North America than in the eastern regions of the U.S. In the early 1990s, people in the coastal areas of California noticed a disconcerting decline of the monarch. It turns…

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Pesticides Can Block Colony Formation in Bumblebees, Could Lead to Extinction: Study

By Jason Erickson Regular readers of Natural Blaze are probably well aware of the threat that neonics present to the ecosystem. For this reason, it is essential that we continue to focus on each new study that reinforces what the alternative media seems willing to cover, but the mainstream not so much. The plight of…

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Bayer Accidentally Funds Study Showing Its Pesticide is Killing Bees, Promptly Denies Conclusions

By Justin Gardner A large-scale study on neonicotinoid pesticides is adding to the growing body of evidence that these agricultural chemicals are indeed harming bee populations. Carried out at 33 sites in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary, the study found that exposure to neonicotinoids “left honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter, while…

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Two New Studies Confirm Common Insecticide Weakens Honeybee Hives

By Derrick Broze Two new studies confirm the danger of neonicotinoid insecticides. After years of back and forth speculation and conflicting studies from countries around the world, it seems fair to say neonicotinoids insecticides are causing dramatic weakening of honeybee hives. The “neonics” are a class of pesticide that has previously been linked to declines…

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Pollinator Extinctions Alter Structure of Ecological Networks

By Carol Clark The absence of a single dominant bumblebee species from an ecosystem disrupts foraging patterns among a broad range of remaining pollinators in the system — from other bees to butterflies, beetles and more, field experiments show. Biology Letters published the research, which may have implications for the survival of both rare wild plants…

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Probiotics Could Help Bees Survive Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Probiotics could improve survival rates in honey bees exposed to pesticide, study finds In yet another study, Canadian researchers were able to demonstrate the power of probiotics in fostering strength to bees who are unavoidably exposed to pesticides. This time it was Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University that sought to protect struggling honey…

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Grateful Dead Saves Bees and Butterflies Through Jerry Garcia’s Memory

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Hearts broke everywhere when the bright light of Jerry Garcia was extinguished in 1995. Chances are, he’d love that his legacy is living on through the Grateful Dead‘s new efforts to recharge the declining bee and monarch populations by gifting Deadheads. Garcia’s bandmates Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus John Mayer, are touring the U.S. this summer…

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