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Honeybees Vanish, Threatening Crops and Livelihoods

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

(Beyond Pesticides, March 1, 2007) In 24 states throughout the country, beekeepers have been shocked to find that bees have been inexplicably disappearing at an alarming rate, according to an article in the New York Times last week. This loss of honeybees threatens not only beekeeper livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops, including […]

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Ask Your Member of Congress to Join Actions for Pollinator Protection

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, September 16, 2014) In light of President Obama’s Memorandum directing federal agencies to take action on pollinator declines, groups and members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take meaningful steps to save our bees. In a letter to EPA, U.S.Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and John Conyers (D-MI) […]

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California Passes Bill That Mandates Response to Bee Crisis, but Delays Action until 2020

Monday, August 25th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, August 22, 2014) In a blow to the adoption of urgently needed protections for pollinators, the California State Senate voted 35-1, after an earlier Assembly vote of 75-0,¬†to delay a requirement for action on bee-harming neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides until 2020. While advocates want mandates for¬†regulatory action to protect bees, the timeline in the […]

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Midwest Waterways Contaminated with Persistent Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Friday, July 25th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, July 25, 2014) A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published yesterday found neonicotinoid pesticides persistent and prevalent in streams throughout the Midwestern United States. The study is the first to investigate the presence of neonicotinoids on a wide-scale level in the Midwest. While neonicotinoid use has increased throughout the country, the Midwest […]

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Late Breaking News: Groups Challenge California’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

State rubber stamps expanded usage before determining effects on crop pollinators (Beyond Pesticides, July 8, 2014) Today, environmental and food safety groups challenged California‚Äôs illegal practice of approving new agricultural uses for neonicotinoid pesticides despite mounting evidence that the pesticides are devastating honeybees. Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides, represented by […]

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Pollinators More Important to Crop Yields than Fertilizers

Monday, June 16th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, June 16, 2014) As pollinator week begins, the critical importance of pollinators is exemplified in a recent study out of the University of California, Berkeley. Not only do pollinators help increase crop yields, they may be even more important than fertilizers,¬†according to¬†the study suggests. Ecologist Alexandra-Maria Klein, Ph.D. and her colleagues at UC […]

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Multiple Accounts of Honey Bee Death and Damage Continue

Friday, April 25th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, April 24, 2014) Reports of honey bee deaths have been emerging around the nation: from bee deaths in California‚Äôs almond groves and ‚Äėmysterious‚Äô road-side bee deaths in Oregon, to astronomical overwintering losses in Ohio. The reports are intensifying the ecological crises of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) ‚ÄĒa phenomenon typified by the mass abandonment […]

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Community Action on Earth Day -Eliminate Toxic Chemicals that Jeopardize the Natural World

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, April 22, 2014) As we reflect on the beauty and wonder of the natural world this Earth Day and seek to restore¬†and preserve¬†the intricate web of life on the planet, we face an urgent need to stop ongoing toxic chemical contamination.¬†The hard truth of our time is that the natural world on which […]

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USDA Seeks to Increase Pollinator Habitat without Focus on Pesticides and GE

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, March 4, 2014) The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently committed to providing financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in five Midwestern states to improve and create bee-friendly habitat. This project comes as American beekeepers have continued to experience rapid colony declines with losses over the winter over 30 percent per year. […]

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Honey Bee Diseases Threaten Bumblebees; Late Breaking: EPA Announces New Protections for Farmworkers

Friday, February 21st, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, February 21, 2014) A new study published in the journal Nature investigating two infectious diseases ‚ÄĒdeformed wing virus (DWV) and the fungal parasite Nosema ceranea‚ÄĒ finds that they could be spreading from honey bees to bumblebees, dramatically shortening the lifespan of the wild bumblebees. The study gives credence to recent research demonstrating that […]

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Large End-of-Year Penalty for Pesticide Violation Amid EPA’s Record of Few Enforcement Actions

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, January 2, 2014) Near the conclusion of 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement agreement with a Florida-based pesticide producer and distributor, Harrell‚Äôs LLC. Alleging multiple violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the agreement requires Harrell‚Äôs to pay a hefty civil penalty in the amount of […]

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Bee-Killing Pesticides Damage Children’s Brain and Nervous System, Says European Authority

Friday, December 20th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, December 20, 2013) The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced on Tuesday that pesticides linked to honey bee deaths worldwide may also damage human nervous systems ‚ÄĒin particular the brain, and recommended that the European Commission lower the guidance levels of acceptable exposure until more research is conducted. This new determination heightens the […]

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A Time to BEE Thankful

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, November 27, 2013) You can almost taste it: the moist, tender turkey, the fluffy mashed potatoes, the creamy green bean casserole, the perfectly seasoned stuffing, the roasted brussel sprouts sprinkled with salty bacon, the sweet tang of the cranberry sauce, and the velvety bite of the pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving and all its bounty […]

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Bats Are Not the Real Threat This Halloween

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, October 31, 2013) Bats get a bad rap on Halloween with their image synonymous with blood-sucking vampires; however, the real scary thing about bats is that they are disappearing due to a myriad of threats, including pesticides, habitat destruction, and the horrible white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus (Geomyces) […]

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Report Finds Pesticides as the Cause of Bee-Kills in Minnesota

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, October 10, 2013) A recent investigation into the death of thousands of bees last month in Minnesota revealed that fipronil, a widely used insecticide, was to blame. In mid-September, three colonies of bees in Minneapolis were found twitching and dying on the ground. Local apiarist Mark Lucas paints a grim picture of the […]

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EPA’s New Pesticide Label Inadequate for Honey Bee Protection

Monday, August 19th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, August 19, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new pesticide label for honey bee protection, announced Thursday, has been widely criticized by beekeepers and environmentalists as offering inadequate protection in the face of devastating bee decline. Under the new guidelines, the label will prohibit the use of some neonicotinoid pesticides when bees […]

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On National Honey Bee Day, Ask Retailers to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Products

Friday, August 16th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, August 16, 2013) Beyond Pesticides just helped release a new report with Friends of the Earth and other allies, revealing that the world‚Äôs most popular pesticide, neonicotinoids, implicated as a key factor in global bee die-offs, may be lurking in our own gardens. As we celebrate National Honey Bee Day this weekend, join […]

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Garden Centers Sell Bee-Attractant Plants with Pesticide Residues Toxic to Bees

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, August 15, 2013) Many ‚Äúbee friendly‚ÄĚ home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe‚Äôs (NYSE: LOW) and other leading garden centers have been treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a pilot study released yesterday by¬† Friends of the Earth-US, Beyond Pesticides,¬†and others.¬†Supporting organizations sent a¬†letter¬†yesterday ‚Äďalong […]

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EU Proposes More Pesticide Restrictions to Protect Bees

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, July 18, 2013) A few months after the groundbreaking decision to suspend the use of three neonicotinoids shown to be highly toxic to bees, the European Commission is moving forward again with a proposal to restrict the use of the insecticide fipronil, which has also¬† been identified as posing an acute risk to […]

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Beekeeping Industry Files Suit to Stop New Pesticide Toxic to Bees

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, July 10, 2013) Several beekeeping organizations have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs (EPA) to reverse a recent decision to register a new¬†pesticide, sulfoxaflor, which is highly toxic to bees. The beekeepers are not satisfied that their submitted concerns were properly addressed by EPA before registration was granted. Sulfoxaflor is a […]

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Washington Ag Dept Rejects Petition to Curtail Bee-Killer Pesticide

Monday, June 10th, 2013

(June 10, 2013, Beyond Pesticides) The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) on June 6 rejected a petition by Thurston County Commissioners to restrict sale, use and application of neonicotinoid insecticides. On April 8, 2013, the Commissioners requested the action by WSDA because of concerns about the effect of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee colony […]

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New Report Details Mounting Bee Losses

Monday, May 13th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, May 13, 2013) According to preliminary results of a survey by the Bee Informed Partnership, 31.1 percent of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. were lost during the 2012/2013 winter.¬† Though these preliminary loss reports are similar to the past six year average of 30.5 percent, the new loss numbers represent a […]

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Studies Find that Pesticides Cause Brain Damage in Bees

Friday, March 29th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, March 29, 2013) Two studies released Wednesday support the findings of the European Food Safety Authority that neonicotinoid insecticides pose an unacceptable risk to bees. The pair of British studies indicate that neonicotinoids and miticides cause brain damage, compromising bee survival. The study, published in Nature Communications by researchers at the University of […]

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