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Last week, the term “bee-washing” emerged in public conversation. It doesn’t refer to some new bee cleaning service, but to the insidious efforts of Monsanto and other pesticide corporations to discredit science about the impacts of pesticides on bees — especially neonicotinoids — by creating public relations tours, new research centers and new marketing strategies.This week, pesticide makers are showcasing...

Happy Pollinator Week! Join PAN, Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety this week as we celebrate the importance of bees, the vital pollinators responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. With beekeepers reporting record-breaking losses, and policymakers moving much too slowly to address known threats like neonicotinoid pesticides, bees need all the help they can get.Join...

Great news for bees! In a historic vote, the European Union (EU) passed a continent-wide restriction on the use of bee-harming pesticides. Despite immense pressure from the pesticide industry, a majority of EU countries sided with bees.  Here in the U.S., policymakers have yet to step up. And with beekeepers in this country reporting record-breaking bee losses this year —...

Regulators across the pond are keeping up the momentum to protect pollinators, with a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) adding fipronil to the list of bee-harming pesticides the agency is concerned about.Earlier this year, EFSA raised the alarm about three other insecticides that pose a threat to bees. And the EU responded with a two-year ban...

In a historic vote on Monday, the European Union (EU) passed a continent-wide restriction on the use of bee-harming pesticides. Despite immense pressure from the pesticide industry, a majority of EU countries sided with bees.Here in the U.S., policymakers have yet to step up. And with beekeepers in this country reporting record-breaking bee losses this year — up to 40%...

This year may turn out to be the worst for honey bee die-offs ever. The news out of California is very disturbing, with fifty percent projections for overwinter losses possibly turning out to be low. The official numbers haven't yet been released.In contrast to other years, I’ve seen a shift in symptoms of ailing bees and timing of die-offs. Also,...