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Wild ground-nesting bees might be exposed to lethal levels of neonics in soil.

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ScienceDaily In a first-ever study investigating the risk of neonicotinoid insecticides to ground-nesting bees, University of Guelph researchers have discovered hoary squash bees are being exposed to lethal levels of the chemicals in the soil . Story here. Hoary bees forage on a squash flower. Ilona Loser RELATED: New Studies Show Farm Chemicals Are Affecting More Than Bees. Bird Populations are Declining, too. Is modern agriculture's hold on nature becoming a death grip?

Rachel was right

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PAN Yet another  scientific study , released today, shows just how deadly our chemical-intensive farming system has become to pollinators and other insects.  Story here, Bumblebees forage on chives in an organic garden in Manitoba. A PinP photo. RELATED: Recent research contradicts a claim by the chemical giant, Bayer, that its newest bug-killer is safe for bees.

Recent research contradicts a claim by the chemical giant, Bayer, that its newest bug-killer is safe for bees.

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by Larry Powell A honeybee colony in Manitoba. A PinP photo. It's brand name is "Sivanto," (generic name -  flupyradifurone ). It's an insecticide designed to kill a wide range of bugs which eat food crops such as soybeans. Bayer is registering it in many jurisdictions around the world.  After conducting various field studies,  Bayer  concludes , "Sivanto displayed a very promising safety profile." The company concedes, it works in ways similar to the  neonicotinoids  (a group of insecticides which has become notorious for its likely role in pollinator decline). Still, it finds, the product "can be considered safe to most beneficial insects, specifically pollinators."  Image by Brian Robert Marshall. But a team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego, reaches a different conclusion.   In findings published earlier this year, the team gave a range of Sivanto doses to the bees, including ones

Bee Alert: Is a Controversial Herbicide Harming Honeybees?

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Yale Environment 360 Recent court cases have focused on the possible effects of glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, on humans. But researchers are now investigating whether this commonly used herbicide could also be having adverse effects on the health and behaviour of honeybees. Story here. RELATED:  Scientists cast doubt on claims by the chemical giant, Bayer, that its newest pesticide is safe for bees.  -  by Larry Powell

Pesticide exposure causes bumblebee flight to fall short

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PHYS ORG Bumblebees forage on chives. A PinP photo. Flight behaviour is crucial for determining how bees  forage, so reduced flight performance  from pesticide exposure could lead to colonies going hungry and pollination services being impacted.  More here. RELATED: Scientists cast doubt on claims by the chemical giant, Bayer, that its newest pesticide is safe for bees. By Larry Powell.

For years, the main culprit in bee decline has been the "neonics," a family of insecticides. Now, another suspect has been added to the list - an herbicide - Roundup!

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More here. Science X A honeybee colony in Manitoba.  A PinP photo.

The more pesticides bees eat, the more they like them

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PHYS  ORG Bumblebees forage on organic chives. Another PinP photo. Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food as they become more exposed to it, a behaviour showing possible symptoms of addiction. More here.

Manitoba beekeepers fight to come back after extreme honeybee die-offs

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CBCnews Long, cold winter could be to blame for some  beekeepers losing more than half of their bees.   More here. A Manitoba beekeeper tends to his hives. A PinP photo.

Costco takes stand on insecticides

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THE WESTERN  PRODUCER Costco is saying no to neonics.  More here. A corn-harvester in Manitoba.  Planting of neonicotinoid-coated corn raises honey bee mortality and sets back colony development -  Nat'l. Institutes of Health.

Canada should ban bee-killing neonics in 2018!

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DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION A PinP photo. Europe will ban neonics by the end of the year.  We need parallel action to protect bees in Canada! More here.

In Huge Win for Pollinators, People & the Planet , EU Bans Bee-killing Pesticides. WHAT ABOUT CANADA? ASK YOUR LOCAL POLITICIAN!!!

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Common Dreams Bumble bees forage on chives in an organic garden in Manitoba, CA. PinP photo. "Authorizing neonicotinoids during a quarter of a century was a mistake and led to an environmental disaster. Today's vote is historic." More here.

Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms

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BBC News Most uses of insecticides known as neonicotinoids represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, the European Food Safety Authority has confirmed. More here. PinP photo.

The value of pollinator species diversity

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Science   An unidentified pollinator in Manitoba. PinP photo. Large numbers of species are needed to support ecosystem functioning. Story here.

Friends of the Earth Fights for Bees. PLEASE DONATE!.

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Friends of the Earth  Donald Trump’s EPA could soon allow bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides to be sprayed on 165 million acres of farmland. A honeybee hive in Manitoba, Canada.  PinP photo.    Chemical giant Syngenta requested permission to douse our crops with these toxic chemicals. If the EPA grants Syngenta’s wish, the impact on bees and other pollinators could be devastating. From your backyard to garden retailers to supermarkets, we’re cutting off the demand for bee-killing pesticides. And we’re pushing states and the federal government to ban them. But we need your help to keep this important work going in 2018. Bees are dying at alarming rates. Monarch butterflies are declining. And a new study found that 75 percent of insects in German nature preserves have disappeared over the past three decades. Scientists say this indicates that we are in the midst of an “Insect Apocalypse.” One of the key culprits is the massive increase in the use of pesticides.

It’s Time to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

EcoWatch - by David Suzuki The Canadian government is  banning plastic microbeads  in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they're polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered  plastic microbeads  into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out. Story here. RELATED:  Tainted honey spells more trouble for bees. Are we losing the battle to save them?

Tainted honey spells more trouble for bees. Are we losing the battle to save them?

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 by Larry Powell Three out of every four samples of honey tested in a global survey released this week, were tainted with  neonicotinoids,  the world's most widely-used insecticide. A five-member Swiss research team  tested almost two hundred honey samples from every continent except Antarctica (including several remote islands), for the five main compounds in the "neonic family" of pesticides (acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam). At least one  of those compounds was found  in 75%  of all samples tested. (Fourty-five percent contained two or more, while ten percent showed traces of four or five.) The levels detected were considered too low to pose a risk to people who actually eat honey. But, for adult bees, honey is their  only  food in winter and when flowers aren't blooming. While "neonics" may not always kill the pollinators outright, they've been shown to have "sub-lethal

U.S. Air Force Is Spraying 6 Million Acres With Chemicals in Response to Harvey

EcoWatch The Air Force has dispatched big spray planes to control pests which they claim pose a health risk to rescue workers around Houston. Sadly, those "pests" include the good ones, like bees. Story here.

Want to save the bees? Dig up your lawn!

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POPULAR   SCIENCE Plus some bee-utiful photography. STORY HERE. RELATED:  Pesticide increases probability of bumblebee extinction. Will New Research From Europe Nudge Canada Toward a "Neonic" Ban? Bumble bees forage on chives in a  Manitoba garden.  PinP  photo.

Pesticide increases probability of bumblebee extinction.

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Nature Ecology & Evolution A bumblebee forages on a sunflower.  PinP photo. Pollinators are in global decline and agricultural pesticides are a potential driver of this.  Story here. RELATED:  Will New Research From Europe Nudge Canada Toward a "Neonic" Ban?

RIP for the Bees? Please DONATE to make sure that does not happen!

Bayer and Monsanto are dangerously close to controlling our entire global food supply -- they’ve just filed their merger for approval and we have only 23 days to stop it. Will you chip in CA$1 to our emergency campaign to stop the Bayer-Monsanto merger? DONATE CA$1 NOW Dear Larry, Bayer and Monsanto just filed their $66bn merger for approval -- edging closer and closer to a monopoly over our entire global food supply. And we have just 23 days to stop it. European regulators are deciding whether to approve it right now and at this crucial time we need the support from SumOfUs members like you. If this merger goes through, Bayer and Monsanto will have an all-consuming monopoly:  we could soon see cranked up prices on farmers, which will make food a hell of a lot more expensive for people like you and me .