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Guest Blog: EPA fails to protect honey bees

on Thu, 03/22/2012 - 21:54

Beekeepers frequently refer to their bees as their “girls” because all the worker bees are female. Hobby beekeepers, like myself, find it convenient to give them another name identifying a particular hive. I use the street or town from which I got the bees. My Van Gordon girls were my best colony in 2011. They produced about 90 pounds of honey for me and that much more for themselves.

Unfortunately, with the help of U.S.

Bees still sick, EPA still stuck...time to get serious!

on Thu, 03/22/2012 - 21:29

Today, PAN joined beekeepers and partners Beyond Pesticides and Center for Food Safety in filing a legal petition that calls on EPA to suspend registration of Bayer’s controversial bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin.

We also delivered over a million signatures from individuals around the world — including over 20,000 PAN supporters — calling on EPA to take decisive action to protect honey bees from neonicotinoid pesticides before it is too late.

Bees and other pollinators continue to die off at catastrophic rates; according to the U.S.

Pollinator protection featured at upcoming environmental conference, March 30-31 at Yale

on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 14:53

The impact of pesticides on declining bee health will be a central theme of Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments, the 30th National Pesticide Forum, March 30-31 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Join researchers, authors, beekeepers, organic business leaders, elected officials, activists, and others to discuss the latest science, policy solutions, and grassroots action.

Featured Bee Speakers
Christian Krupke, PhD is a professor of entomology at Purdue University. His recent research examines the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides applied on corn to honey bees.

Study confirms bee exposure to toxic pesticide-treated seed dust

on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 14:36

A study by researchers at the University of Padova in Italy and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology has confirmed the findings of previous research showing that honey bees are exposed to toxic neonicotinoid insecticides during spring seed planting. Neonicotinoids are known to be highly toxic to honey bees and, yet, are used on millions of acres through North America every year.

Banner week in bee science: Zombie flies & poisonous 'planter exhaust'

on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 01:29

The online journal PLoS One released two bee studies last week: one on an old parasite newly found in honey bees, the other confirming that bees are being poisoned by the controversial pesticide clothianidin in and around the 88 million acres of U.S. countryside planted with treated corn seeds. 

The parasite study was covered by Associated Press and has been widely circulated in USA TodayUK Telegraph and elsewhere under the provocative title: "Zombie fly hijacks bees' bodies and may explain die-off." On a near-annual basis since colony collapse disorder (CCD) first hit the news in 2005,