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Over 4 Million People Press Obama to Protect Bees

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Congress heeds call to action and introduces legislation as pressure mounts on White House Task Force to issue meaningful recommendations March 4, 2015 (Washington, DC)‚ÄĒA coalition of beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates rallied in front of the White House and delivered more than 4 million petition signatures today calling on the […]

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Appeals Court to Hear Case on EPA’s Registration of Bee-Toxic Chemical

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, March 4, 2015)¬† The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case brought by beekeepers challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs (EPA) approval of a toxic pesticide known to be toxic to bees. In 2013, the beekeepers filed suit against the agency, citing that the new chemical, sulfoxaflor, as¬†further […]

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Over 125 Groups Urge President Obama to Protect Bees and Other Pollinators from Pesticides

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, March 3, 2015) Over 125 conservation, beekeeping, food safety, religious, ethnic and farming advocacy groups are urging President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take swift and meaningful action to protect honey bees and other pollinators from toxic pesticides. Groups, including Beyond Pesticides, raised their voice through a letter sent in […]

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New Research Links Bee-Killing Insecticide to Monarch Butterfly Deaths

Friday, February 27th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 27, 2015) New research from the University of Minnesota presents some of the first evidence linking the bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids to monarch butterfly deaths. The study finds that milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies need to survive, may also retain neonicotinoids from nearby plants, making milkweed toxic to monarchs. Monarch population […]

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Emergency Use of Bee-Killing Pesticide Approved for Florida Citrus

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 26, 2015) Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Florida citrus growers an emergency exemption to use the bee-killing pesticide clothianidin to control Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a pest that causes ‚Äúcitrus greening,‚ÄĚ a devastating citrus plant disease. Clothianidin, which is not currently registered for use on citrus, is part of a […]

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Will White House Help Bees, as Declines Threaten to Sting Consumers’ Wallets, and States Respond?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 24, 2015) According to recent reports from local California news outlets, Honey Bees are in Short Supply In Central Valley, with the risk that consumers across the United States will be seeing higher prices on fruits, nuts, and vegetables this year as a consequence of declining honey bee populations. The ongoing pollinator […]

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France Elevates Effort to Reduce Pesticide Use by 50%, but Delays Deadline

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 11, 2015) In 2008, France announced it would voluntarily cut pesticide use by 50 percent by 2018, and emerged as the European leader in¬†reducing pesticide dependency. With its plan faltering, the European Union’s (EU) biggest agricultural producer and pesticide user has announced the expansion of¬†a network of pioneer farms experimenting with alternative […]

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Neonics Harm Bees’ Brain Cells, According to Researchers

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 10, 2015) Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and St. Andrews in Scotland have found evidence confirming that the levels of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides bees are likely to encounter in the wild impair the pollinator‚Äôs brain cells, resulting in colony declines. Bees and other wild pollinators provide services of over $125 billion […]

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Monsanto’s Roundup Eradicates Milkweed, Major Food Source for Monarch Butterflies

Monday, February 9th, 2015

(February 9, 2015, Beyond Pesticides) A report, Monarchs in Peril: Herbicide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterflies in North America, released by Center for Food Safety (CFS) last week, reveals the devastating¬†impact of Monsanto’s and the nation’s biggest selling herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate), on the survival¬†of monarch butterflies. The herbicide is¬†used to treat¬†millions of acres […]

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Will Pollinator Declines Increase Global Malnutrition and Disease? Yes, Says New Study

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 28, 2015) Global decline of pollinators and pollination services will have a devastating impact on the nutritional health of people in developing countries, especially women and children, if left unabated, according to a new study from scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University. This research is the first to examine […]

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New Pesticide To Be Marketed Amid Misleading Claims That It Is ‚ÄėSafer for Bees‚Äô

Monday, January 26th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 26, 2015) Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it completed the registration of a new pesticide, flupyradifurone, that would be marketed as an alternative to neonicotinoid pesticides, and ‚Äúsafer for bees.‚ÄĚ A closer look at this chemical reveals that the agency is grossly misleading the public on the ecological […]

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California Plan Violates Protections from Pesticide Spraying, According to Lawsuit

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 23, 2015) Pesticide-centered Program Approved Despite 30,000 Opposition Letters. Eleven groups, including Beyond Pesticides and the City of Berkeley, sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture yesterday over the agency‚Äôs approval of a statewide ‚Äúpest management‚ÄĚ plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying […]

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Save the Date, April 17-18: Agricultural Justice, Age of Organics, and Alligators: Protecting health, biodiversity, and ecosystems

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 20, 2015) The 33rd National Pesticide Forum,¬†Agricultural Justice, Age of Organics, and Alligators: Protecting health, biodiversity, and ecosystems,¬†will be held April 17-18, 2015 (Friday afternoon and all day Saturday) at the Florida A&M University College of Law (FAMU) in Orlando, FL. The 2015 conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, Farmworker Association of […]

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100+ Businesses Urge Obama Administration to Suspend Bee-Toxic Pesticides

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 14, 2015)‚ÄĒMore than 100 businesses, including Clif Bar, Nature‚Äôs Path, Organic Valley and Stonyfield, sent a letter to the White House yesterday urging it to immediately suspend pesticides linked to global bee declines in order to protect the nation‚Äôs food supply, environment and economy. The businesses, members of the American Sustainable Business […]

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U.S. and EU Trade Proposal Threatens Human Health and Environment

Friday, January 9th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 09, 2015) New closed-door international trade agreement proposals between the U.S. and EU could weaken pesticide standards and threaten the U.S. organic food industry. Set forth by European and U.S. trade associations, the proposals were met¬†with strong disapproval by numerous non-governmental organizations (NGO) and non-profits. Beyond Pesticides and over a hundred other […]

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Thurston County, Washington Bans Neonics from County-Managed Lands

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 8, 2015) At the close of 2014, Thurston County in Washington State became the first county government to ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on county-owned and managed lands. The ban comes in the form of an amended pest and vegetation policy and was passed by County Commissioners by a 3-0 vote […]

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Fish and Wildlife Service to Consider Federal Protection for Monarch Butterfly

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 6, 2015) At the close of 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced plans to conduct a year-long status review of the monarch butterfly to determine whether the species is eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). FWS is taking this action as result of an August 2014 […]

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Beyond Pesticides Wishes You a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The staff and Board of Beyond Pesticides extend our sincere gratitude and wish for a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year to all those who have joined with us in taking¬†or supporting action¬†to promote health and environmentally responsible practices in 2014. Our Daily News is taking a holiday break and will return on […]

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Tell the President: #BeeKindObama!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, December 15, 2014) Earlier this year, the President called on federal agencies to create a plan to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.” To show appreciation for all that bees and wild pollinators provide, it is essential that this plan address toxic, persistent, and systemic neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) ‚ÄĒ which […]

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Study Finds Organic Agriculture Can and Must Feed the World

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, December 11, 2014) A new study out of the University of California, Berkeley, compares organic and conventional crop yields and finds that overall yield gaps are much smaller than earlier studies concluded and even smaller when compared crop-by-crop. The study,¬†published in the Royal Society Proceedings B journal, Diversification practices reduce organic to conventional […]

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Nursery Stops Use of Neonic after Home Depot Adopts Labeling Requirement

Monday, December 8th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, December 8, 2014) In response to Home Depot‚Äôs decision to start requiring all nursery plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids to carry a label to inform customers, at least one nursery supplier has decided to change its management practices. J.Berry Nurseries, a company based out of Grand Saline, Texas, which supplies plants […]

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USDA to Offer Emergency Disaster Assistance for Bees

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, December 3, 2014) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides […]

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Ontario Proposes Restrictions on Neonicotinoid-Treated Seeds

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, December 2, 2014) Last week, the government of Ontario, Canada proposed a plan to reduce the use of neonicotinoid (neonic)-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80% as part of a broad initiative to improve pollinator health. It sets a goal of reducing over-winter honey bee deaths to 15% by 2020, and calls for […]

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