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Rachel was right
Rachel was right Yet another scientific study shows just how deadly our chemical-intensive farming system has become to pollinators and other insects.
The findings should concern us all. In short, U.S. farmland is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 20 years ago. This is a staggering number.
When added to the fast-growing evidence showing many insect populations teetering on the edge of complete collapse, this new research underscores just how quickly we need to be shifting our food system away from this antiquated reliance on pesticides.

 

France to lift neonics ban to save beet industry
The French government is planning to lift a blanket ban on the use of neonicotinoids to help save its sugar beet industry.
Sugar beet crops in France have been ravaged by aphids this year with widespread yield losses reported across the country, its agricultural ministry said on Thursday 6 August.
UK beet growers are also experiencing crop losses this season due to high levels of virus yellows showing in crops.

 

Air pollution making honey bees sick
Air pollution making honey bees sick In highly polluted areas of Serbia, for instance, researchers found pollutants lingering on the bodies of European honeybees. Car exhaust fumes are known to interrupt the scent cues that attract and guide bees towards flowers, while also interfering with their ability to remember scents.
Now, air pollution may be depleting the health of honey bees in the wild, a new study from India has revealed. These effects may not kill bees outright. But like humans repeatedly going to work under heavy stress or while feeling unwell, the researchers found that air pollution made bees sluggish in their daily activities and could be shortening their lives.

 

Colony collapse toll is highest in four years for U.S. honeybees
Colony collapse toll is highest in four years for U.S. honeybees Honeybee keepers reported the loss of 105,240 colonies to colony collapse disorder during the early months of this year, a 76% increase from last year and the highest total since 2016, said the USDA on Monday.
The annual Honey Bee Colonies report, based on a survey of beekeepers who have at least five colonies, said there were 2.88 million colonies in the United States on January 1, up 8% from 2019. Varroa mites, a parasite of bees, were again the top stressor of colonies. When it collects data for the report, the USDA asks about varroa mites, other pests and parasites, disease, pesticides, and other stresses.

 

North Wales beekeeper's sugar-free honey jam creates a buzz
North Wales beekeeper's sugar-free honey jam creates a buzz Instead of sugar, Meirionnydd beekeeper Carys Edwards wanted to use healthier honey in her jams and marmalades: the goal being the chance to open up a jar of summer sunshine in the bleakness of winter.
Having perfected several home-made recipes, and after building a honey extraction facility at her Pen y Bryn Apiary, she was keen to sell her honey-sweetened preserves but lacked commercial expertise.
That all changed with a chance encounter at the 2019 Menai Food Festival, in Anglesey.

 

Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops
Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops A lack of bees in agricultural areas is limiting the supply of some food crops, a new US-based study has found, suggesting that declines in the pollinators may have serious ramifications for global food security.
Species of wild bees, such as bumblebees, are suffering from a loss of flowering habitat, the use of toxic pesticides and, increasingly, the climate crisis. Managed honeybees, meanwhile, are tended to by beekeepers, but have still been assailed by disease, leading to concerns that the three-quarters of the world’s food crops dependent upon pollinators could falter due to a lack of bees.
The new research appears to confirm some of these fears.

 

Post-Brexit Agrochemical Apocalypse for the UK ?
Post-Brexit Agrochemical Apocalypse for the UK ? The British government, regulators and global agrochemical corporations are colluding with each other and are thus engaging in criminal behaviour. That’s the message put forward in a new report written by environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason and sent to the UK Environment Agency. It follows her January 2019 open letter to Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer CropScience, where she made it clear to him that she considers Bayer CropScience and Monsanto criminal corporations.

 

Pesticides and bees: evidence on mortality rates reviewed
Pesticides and bees: evidence on mortality rates reviewed EFSA has completed a comprehensive analysis of the available scientific evidence on bee mortality, as part of its ongoing review of the guidance for assessing risks to bees from pesticides.
The report published today is based on the largest systematic collection of evidence on mortality rates ever carried out, and covers the three bee groups – honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees.
Establishing reliable figures on bee mortality rates is a crucial component of the guidance review

 

Researchers Developing New Methods to Detect Pesticide Contamination in Bee Hives
Researchers Developing New Methods to Detect Pesticide Contamination in Bee Hives (Beyond Pesticides, July 28, 2020). With honey bees around the world under threat from toxic pesticide use, researchers are investigating a new way to track environmental contaminants in bee hives. This new product, APIStrip (Adsorb Pesticide In-hive Strip), can be placed into bee hives and act as a passive sampler for pesticide pollution. Honey bees are sentinel species for environmental pollutants, and this new technology could provide a helpful way not only for beekeepers to pinpoint problems with their colonies, but also track ambient levels of pesticide pollution in a community.
According to a study published by an international team of researchers, APIStrip has the potential to detect 442 pesticides as well as their primary break down products at levels lover than parts per billion. The strip, comprised of polymer, is what scientists describe as “a bee-proof, in-hive passive sampler.”

 

Science sweetens native honey health claims
Science sweetens native honey health claims Science has once again validated Indigenous wisdom by identifying a rare, healthy sugar in native stingless bee honey that is not found in any other food.
“We tested honey from two Australian native stingless bee species, two in Malaysia and one in Brazil and found that up to 85 per cent of their sugar is trehalulose, not maltose as previously thought,” she said.
Dr Fletcher said trehalulose was a rare sugar with a low glycaemic index (GI), and not found as a major component in any other foods.

 

New homes being built for Kangaroo Island native bees
New homes being built for Kangaroo Island native bees The last remaining population of green carpenter bees in South Australia is just clinging to existence after the devastating Kangaroo Island bushfires.
Now a new collaborative program being undertaken by scientists from the University of Adelaide and SA Museum, as well local volunteers and landowners is trying to ensure the native bee's future.
To help save the species, new nesting stalks are being built for these bees, through help of the Kingscote Men's Shed and funds raised via the Australian Entomological Society and the Wheen Bee Foundation.

 


One to show your children and grandchildren.!
The hummingbird's doing rolls chasing a bee is not to be missed and be sure to watch closely, check out the baby bat under its Mother.
If you never knew what goes on in the garden when you aren't paying attention, watch this - some of the finest photography you will ever see.

 

EU has failed to halt decline of bees and butterflies, auditors say
EU has failed to halt decline of bees and butterflies, auditors say European measures taken to protect bees and butterflies and prevent their decline across the bloc have been largely ineffective, auditors said on Thursday.
The European Court of Auditors looked at the effectiveness of the European Commission’s framework of measures aimed at protecting species also including wasps and beetles - such as its 2018 pollinators and biodiversity to 2020 initiatives.
Beekeepers in western Europe have reported a fall in the number of bees and colony losses over the last 15 years

 

European ancestry plays role in 'killer' honey bees' aggressiveness
European ancestry plays role in 'killer' honey bees' aggressiveness What causes African hybrid honey bees (AHB), also known as killer bees, to be highly defensive and aggressive? York University researchers have found it was the mixing of African and European genetics that led to hyper-aggression in this invasive strain of honey bees.
AHBs are a genetics experiment gone wrong. Researchers in Brazil imported a honey bee subspecies from South Africa and bred them with European-derived honey bees in the 1950s. The idea was to develop a better subtropical honey bee, but bees escaped and mated with the local bees.

 


Made by The National Film Board 1947. Directed by Shan Benson. Migratory beekeepers move their hives around the country, following the blossom. This film follows two apiarists from the Bega region of New South Wales, who take their bees to a stand where the trees are flowering. They set up their hives and the bees are released to take their store of honey from the surrounding bush. The keepers themselves go bush while the bees are on the job. The honey is then extracted from the combs on the spot by means of a portable extractor. After a few weeks, when the stand has been worked out, the beekeepers and their hives move on.

 

High prevalence of the neonicotinoid clothianidin in liver and plasma samples collected from gamebirds during autumn sowing
High prevalence of the neonicotinoid clothianidin in liver and plasma samples collected from gamebirds during autumn sowing
  • Gamebird carcasses analysed for clothianidin in plasma/liver and health parameters
  • Detectable residues of clothianidin rose from 6% pre-sowing, to 89% post-sowing
  • Detection frequency decreased over 30 days for plasma but not for liver.
  • Faecal parasite load positively associated with clothianidin residue in livers only.
  • Implications for future biomonitoring studies and agrochemical risk assessments

 

NI beekeepers line street in full gear in tribute to their "mentor"
NI beekeepers line street in full gear in tribute to their 'mentor' A keen beekeeper was laid to rest yesterday - by dozens of mourners in sting-proof suits.
About a hundred people gave a guard of honour at apiarist Billy Chambers' funeral at St Columba’s long Tower Church in Derry.
The 64-year-old's fellow beekeepers lined up in full protective gear to pay tribute to a man known for being generous with his expertise.

 

Horned-Face Bees Sublet in a Honey Bee Colony
Horned-Face Bees Sublet in a Honey Bee Colony When Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists played detective to identify an unknown invader that had set up a nursery in a honey bee colony, they solved a small mystery and expanded ideas about housing for solitary bees.
A state apiary inspector was stumped by the identity of insect cocoons that she had found inside the hexagonal cells of a beekeeper's honey bee colony. The cocoons were nothing she had ever seen inside a honey bee colony before.

 

Here's What Would Happen If All The Insects Disappeared
Here's What Would Happen If All The Insects Disappeared
  • Insects contribute about $57 billion to the US economy.
  • Many animals rely on insects as a primary food source, and if insects disappeared, the whole food web would be in disarray.
  • Insect populations have already declined by more than 75% in Germany.

  • A world without insects. Imagine camping without bugs. Or picnics without the ants. Or late-night summer strolls without the mosquitoes. For many, this sounds like the ultimate utopia. But what they may not know is that without insects, we may not be able to participate in those activities.

     

    Exotic Bee ID
    Exotic Bee ID LOGAN, UTAH, June 25, 2020—Exotic Bee ID, a website created through a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Utah State University (USU) to help identify non-native bees in the United States, has been expanded to include more information and species.

     

    Bayer Settles Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits for $10.9 Billion
    
Bayer Settles Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits for $10.9 Billion Bayer-Monsanto have announced that the company will make a total payment of $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion (€9.1 billion to €9.8 billion) to settle the non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Roundup litigation in the U.S.. Roundup is the most sold glyphosate-based herbicide in the world.
    The settlement covers approximately 75% of the current Roundup litigation involving approximately 125,000 filed and unfiled claims overall.
    Bayer also settled Wednesday the recent dicamba drift litigation for payment of up to $400 million and a portion of the PCB water litigation exposure for payment of approximately $820 million.

     

    Odd Year for U.S. Beekeepers Who Reported Lower Winter Losses but Abnormally High Summer Losses
    Odd Year for U.S. Beekeepers Who Reported Lower Winter Losses but Abnormally High Summer Losses Beekeepers across the United States lost 43.7% of their managed honey bee colonies from April 2019 to April 2020, according to preliminary results of the 14th annual nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). These losses mark the second highest loss rate the survey has recorded since it began in 2006 (4.7 percentage points higher than the average annual loss rate of 39.0%). The survey results highlight the cyclical nature of honey bee colony turnover. Although the high loss rate was driven by the highest summer losses ever reported by the survey, winter losses were markedly lower than in most years.

     

    Honeybee lives shortened after exposure to two widely used pesticides
    Honeybee lives shortened after exposure to two widely used pesticides The lives of honeybees are shortened—with evidence of physiological stress—when they are exposed to the suggested application rates of two commercially available and widely used pesticides, according to new Oregon State University research.
    In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, honeybee researchers in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences found detrimental effects in bees exposed to Transform and Sivanto, which are both registered for use in the United States and were developed to be more compatible with bee health.

     

    Pollinator Week: Pollinators, Plants, People, Planet
    Pollinator Week: Pollinators, Plants, People, Planet Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 22-28, 2020 has been designated National Pollinator Week!
    National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
    Thirteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

     

    Webster Honey expands beehive placement all over Perthshire with an additional 120 new hives
    Webster Honey expands beehive placement all over Perthshire with an additional 120 new hives Kinross based Webster Honey is taking advantage of the many weeks of warm, settled Spring weather to dramatically increase its beehive placement across Perthshire, with some 120 new hives set to be positioned in many new parts of the county, including Madderty, Crieff, Dunning, and the Strathallan Estate.
    To be used for a mix of beekeeping workshops in schools & nurseries, including workshops at Webster Honey’s own beekeeping school at Scotlandwell, the hives will also be used for sponsorship opportunities with businesses, and for general honey production of Webster Honey’s own label honey.

     

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