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Jan
12
2015
Heathland Beekeeping 5 Summer Work during the Heather Blossom in a Skep Apiary

 


Nov
18
2014
How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

 


Oct
27
2014
One Beekeeper’s Story
Watch, and listen
Music is "Stars of The Country Down"
Artist is Ring of Kerry

 


Oct
15
2014
"We are witnessing a threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment equivalent to that posed by organophosphates or DDT," says Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin. Dr. Bonmatin is the lead author of an analysis of 800 peer-reviewed reports on the risk of neonicotinoids (and the systemic pesticide fipronil) completed in October 2014 by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, a group of independent scientists from 15 countries. DDT was widely promoted for pest control in the US after World War II but was subsequently banned due to both environmental and human health concerns.

 


Oct
08
2014
Can cities save our wild bees ?
Imagine you’re a bee. You’ve spent winter in your tiny underground nest. The light levels change, signalling the arrival of spring and out you come, hungry – but there’s no food. What should be a blossoming garden is all tight buds. The end.

 


June
24
2014
The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides provides comprehensive, independent analysis to inform more rapid & improved decisions on the use of systemic pesticides & their impact on biodiversity & ecosystems. This video highlights the recent Worldwide Integrated Assessment report on the use of neonicotinoids and its effect on biodiversity and ecosystems.
Task Force Website

 


May
20
2014
Rare Close-Up Video of Queen Bee Mating Midflight with Drone
In an interview with the Honeybee Conservancy, director Markus Imhoff discussed the difficulties of capturing these insects in action. "The mating queen was the biggest challenge: we spent days on a scaffolding tower attracting drones with queen pheromones," he explains. "Her wedding flight, which was 36 seconds, took more than ten days--and we only actually saw it one and a half times."

 


April
23
2014
The Greenbees are mobilizing to protest against pesticides sold by agro chemical companies, which endanger not only their livelihood but also food production for the humans. One third of all food production relies on the pollinating role of bees.
Take action to save the bees and agriculture as part of Greenpeace's international "Save The Bees" campaign.
Read more about why bees need our help at SOS-Bees

 


April
04
2014
Beekeeping More Than 60 Years Ago Caught On Film
Following is a story about a 10 minute file made in 1947. It shows migratory beekeeping like you have never seen. It tells of 300 pounds/colony crops, show lifting 4 story colonies onto trucks without a forklift, and living off the land as a travelling beekeeper. Much has changed in the 60+ years since this film was made, but fortunately, much has not.

 


March
28
2014
Commercial beekeeper John Miller has fought to help keep our world's natural pollinators alive. "The link between plants and bees is a seductive life cycle, and for 120 years my family has kept bees," he said, describing what he believes is the best job ever. However, over the last 70 years, America has lost half of its bee colonies due to their inability to find pasture, the increasing harm from pesticide and the viral predator bug, the varroa destructor. He came to TEDxUNC to remind us- no bees, no food.

 


Dec
03
2013
This video is from a Canadian beekeeper and the Ontario Beekeepers Association and is the story of a third generation beekeeping family whose business is threatened by the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides. See first-hand the devastation that is being wreaked on bees, pollinators and our ecosystem.

 


Dec
18
2013
Scientists at the University of Sussex repeatedly counted flower-visiting insects that foraged on 32 popular summer flowering garden plant varieties, in a specially planted experimental garden on the campus. In the second and final year of study, additional gardens were set up to check the results.
The study, published today in Functional Ecology – the journal of the British Ecological Society

 


Dec
20
2013
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us ?
Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.

 


Sept
9
2013
Pseudoscorpions (also known as False Scorpions or book scorpions) are not actually scorpions at all but are a type of arachnid. They belong to the same class of animals as spiders – the arachnida; and are known as pseudo-scorpions as they look exactly like scorpions but without the stinging tail ... but they eat Varroa !

 


April
3
2013
This year marks the highest losses of honey bee populations in the U.S. Some of the country's biggest beekeepers have lost over 60%. Some say they won't be able to rebuild their numbers with such high losses and if these kinds of losses continue, the industry may only be able to sustain itself a few more years at most. With one in three bites of food we eat dependent on bees for pollination, will there be enough bees to pollinate the crops this year ?

 


Dec
10
2012
10 minutes talks ...
This fascinating video on bee medicines, primarily bee propolis, is by one of the most renown experts on propolis, James Fearnley. He boils the history, research and the magic of this amazing natural substance, down to an essence.

 


Oct
25
2012
Where do bees come from ?
Bee genetics, the reproduction facts presented by one of the owners of Golden Rule Honey

 


Oct
21
2012
The buzz about pesticides
Bees, the most important pollinators of crops, are in trouble. All over the world, their populations are decreasing and scientists and farmers want to know why. In some cases, such as the widely reported colony collapses in North America in 2006, it is probably down to disease. But a blooming crop of research suggests that pesticides are also to blame

 


Sept
20
2012
Killing Bees: Are Government and Industry Responsible?
Honey bees, the essential pollinators of many major US crops, have been dying off in massive numbers since 2006. This threatens the American agricultural system and the one in twelve American jobs that depends on it. There is growing evidence that a new class of pesticides -- nerve toxins called neonicotinoids, which are used on most US crops including almost all corn -- may be toxic to bees. The Environmental Protection Agency allowed neonicotinoids on the market without adequate tests to determine their toxicity to bees. Environmentalists want neonicotinoids banned until needed safety tests are done. While the US government is slow to act and neonicotinoid sales reap billions for the chemical industry, bees continue to die. Earth Focus reports.

 


Aug
31
2012
Agrochemical Transnational Corporations and Human Rights Violations
The People vs. Agrochemical TNCs is a 25-minute video documentation of the Permanent People's Tribunal Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations held in Bangalore, India in December 2011. Survivors and witnesses of violations of agrochemical corporations narrate their stories of pesticide poisoning, child labour, environmental destruction, harassment and intimidation of those who go against the world's biggest agrochemical corporations. Watch and listen to the verdict and let us know what you think.

 


July
17
2012
Bees are a vital species to humans and the environment as pollinators of most of our crops. But they are dying off at a rapid pace. Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides, takes a hard look at what may be behind the large declines in bee populations, and what's at stake.
Earth Focus is an environmental news magazine that puts a human face on the environment by featuring under-publicized stories about how changes in our environment are affecting everyday people.

 


June
28
2012
Bees are critical to ensuring our food supply, yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over thirty percent of our agricultural crops depend on bees for pollination, and bee pollination means about $15 billion in agricultural production for the United States. But the number of bee colonies has fallen by 45 percent in the last 60 years. In 2006, US beekeepers noticed something they've never seen before -- massive bee die offs. Every year since 2006, one third of bee colonies in the United States disappear. This mysterious bee die off came to be called colony collapse disorder. Colorado beekeeper Tom Theobald explains explains what's behind bee disappearance and what we need to do about it.

 


June
12
2012
The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt.
It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.
It’s time to change the story. Seeds of Freedom from
The ABN and The Gaia Foundation on Vimeo

 


May
2
2012
PART ONE - OF FOUR VIDEOS
In 1992 Bayer was granted a license to use its systemic insecticide 'Gaucho' on Sunflowers and Maize in France. Sunflowers were massively important to the French bee-farmers since the honey derived from them amounted to something like 30,000 tonnes annually. In 1994 more than 400,000 bee-colonies died within days of the sunflowers blooming; the beekeepers could actually watch bees dying on the sunflowers - as soon as they had drunk the nectar and collected the pollen. The ground beneath the sunflowers was 'crunchy' with dead bees - and the hives were soon empty apart from the queen and a few nurse bees.

 


May
2
2012
PART TWO - OF FOUR VIDEOS
The only new factor in the environment was that the sunflowers had been treated with'Gaucho' and its constituent insecticide Imidacloprid.
The beekeepers lobbied the govt. to carry out urgent research; the facts were quickly known - the pollen and nectar contained imidacloprid - a neuro-toxic insecticide - and the bees were being poisoned: acutely and sub-lethally.

 


May
2
2012
PART THREE - OF FOUR VIDEOS
The only new factor was 'Gaucho' and its constituent insecticide Imidacloprid. The beekeepers lobbied the govt. to carry out urgent research; the facts were quickly known - the pollen and nectar contained imidacloprid - a neuro-toxic insecticide - and the bees were being directly poisoned.
However, the government refused to act; the regulators refused to act; the food safety agency refused to act - despite overwhelming scientific evidence that imidacloprid was the direct cause of the mass-bee-kill.

 


May
2
2012
PART FOUR - OF FOUR VIDEOS Eventually - after three years of mass bee deaths - the beekeepers marched on Paris; the Minister of Agriculture banned the use of Imidacloprid on sunflowers and maize.
The ban was enacted in 2000 AD- but the British and American governments - along with their scientists and regulators have completely ignored the French evidence and experience. More than 4 million bee colonies have died in America since 2006; nobody knows how many have died in the UK.

 


Sept
22
2011
Tom Theobald from Colorado has pulled off a great coup by getting Dan Rather - veteran American TV anchorman - to produce this in-depth look at the link between Neonicotinoid insecticides and the mass-death of bee colonies around the world

 

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