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Nicotine Is No Good for Honeybees, Either

Autumn brings again reports of honey bee colonies crashing, collapsing, and beekeepers trying to figure out what to do. Read more

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Pesticides not a serious threat to bees – Defra

DEFRA has angered anti-pesticide campaigners after it claimed chemical sprays were not to blame for the sharp decline in British bee numbers. Read more

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Scientists examine how common pesticide mixes may affect bee die-offs

Since reports of widespread bee die-offs began to surface in October 2006, researchers have investigated possible reasons ranging from hive-infecting mites to cell phone-tower radiation. They have yet to pinpoint the cause of colony collapse disorder — most likely, because … Continue reading

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Obama’s attempt to tap an agrichemical-industry flack runs into trouble 1

Last month, President Obama nominated Islam “Isi” Siddiqui, vice president for governmental affairs at pesticide industry trade group Croplife America, to the post of chief agricultural negotiator at the U.S. Trade Office. Read more

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Agri-chemical companies are both breeding and killing bees

Agri-chemical companies like Syngenta don’t just make the chemicals that have been blamed for the decline in bees; they also breed the bees that are being used as a replacement for wild pollinators Read more

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Beekeepers Tell Pesticide Firm to Buzz Off

One of the world’s biggest pesticide companies, Syngenta, has been accused of a “howling conflict of interest” for funding research into the disappearance of honeybees – a problem which some people claim it may have helped cause. Read more

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Bee-keepers’ worry over pesticide ban

Any action taken to reverse the decline of Britain’s honey bee population should be based on science and not suspicion, bee-keepers and farmers have warned. Read more

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Colony Collapse: Are Potent Pesticides Killing Honeybees?

Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for withholding details about the impact of neonicotinoids — a class of widely used pesticides — on honeybees and other pollinators. Read … Continue reading

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Beetle pesticide ruling may come today

A state subcommittee is scheduled to consider today whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture may use larger-than-usual amounts of a chemical pesticide in soil treatments in Central Massachusetts starting in spring 2010 as part of an effort to protect trees … Continue reading

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Evidence on pesticides does not support ban to protect bees, claims NFU

The NFU has today called for an independent and comprehensive assessment of the impact of neonicotinoids after Buglife issued a report implicating these insecticides in the decline of our honey bees. Read more

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