Bavarians vote to save bugs and birds—and change farming

In the face of plummeting insect and bird populations, citizens in the south German state are trying to make farmers preserve habitat. ‘Bee a hero’ A petition for a referendum on preserving the diversity of species — better known as the “save the bees” petition — has gathered the legally required 10 percent of all … Continue reading Bavarians vote to save bugs and birds—and change farming

BIOLOGISTS IDENTIFY HONEY BEE “CLEAN” GENES KNOWN FOR IMPROVING SURVIVAL

By THE BEE REPORTFEBRUARY 18, 20192:29 PM Researchers looked for areas that differ between the unhygienic bees (left) and hygienic bees (right). / Photo: York University The key to breeding disease-resistant honey bees could lie in a group of genes – known for controlling hygienic behavior – that enable colonies to limit the spread of harmful … Continue reading BIOLOGISTS IDENTIFY HONEY BEE “CLEAN” GENES KNOWN FOR IMPROVING SURVIVAL

The EPA found a way to allow the use of a pesticide harmful to bees, again

By Zoë Schlanger AP PHOTO/HATEM MOUSSA (LEFT) Sulfoxaflor impairs bees’ ability to reproduce.The US government is allowing the use of an insecticide linked to declines in bees on two crops that attract bees. The insecticide, made by Dow AgroSciences, is not approved for general use on crops that attract bees because of concerns about its effect on vulnerable bee … Continue reading The EPA found a way to allow the use of a pesticide harmful to bees, again

Neonicotinoids Use Restrictions Enacted, Beekeepers Rejoice

Neonicotinoids restrictions enacted in Ontario have beekeepers in Canada rejoicing, and their peers in others regions and nations hopeful for similar legislation. The Ontarioneonicotinoids restrictions state that the chemical pesticides popular with biotech giants like Monsanto will be restricted by 80 percent by 2017. A 2014 Harvard study states that neonicotinoids – the dominant ingredient … Continue reading Neonicotinoids Use Restrictions Enacted, Beekeepers Rejoice