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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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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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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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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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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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Over 100 Scientists Call for Action on Bee-Toxic Pesticides

Monday, December 1st, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 26, 2014) Last week, over 100 scientists from diverse disciplines released a letter citing the growing body of scientific evidence that neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides harm bees, and called on leaders of President Barack Obama‚Äôs Pollinator Health Task Force to quickly take action on pesticides to protect and promote healthy populations […]

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With Some Bee Protective Suggestions, Oregon Task Force Fails to Focus on Neonics

Monday, November 24th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 24, 2014) Last Wednesday, a special Task Force on Pollinator Health in Oregon delivered a series of recommendations to the Oregon legislature on how to help the state‚Äôs honey bees, native bees, and other pollinators,but failed to address the clear threat that neonicotinoid insecticides pose to pollinators. Because the task force only […]

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Canadian Doctors and Nurses Urge Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 19, 2014) A group of doctors and nurses is urging the Ontario government to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, blamed for the decline of bees and other insect pollinators. As Canada‚Äôs first neonicotinoid campaign organized by doctors and nurses, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Registered Nurses‚Äô Association of Ontario […]

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Fines Totaling $16,000 Issued for Pesticide Applicator and Company Role in Bee Deaths

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 12, 2014) The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has issued two civil penalties totaling $16,000 in connection with a pesticide application of imidacloprid, a chemical in the neonicotinoid class of insecticides connected to widespread bee decline, this summer that resulted in the death of nearly 1,000 bees at a Eugene apartment complex. […]

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Groups Tell Canadian Regulators to Reject Bee-Killing Pesticide

Friday, November 7th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 7, 2014) Environmental organizations are calling on the Canadian government to¬†reject the approval of yet another bee-killing pesticide called flupyradifurone. According to Health Canada‚Äôs Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) ‚Äďresponsible for regulating pesticides in Canada‚Äď the new pesticide exhibits systemic behavior and ‚Äúmay pose a risk to bees, non-target beneficial arthropods, and […]

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Pesticides Impair Bees’ Immune Function, Pure Pollen Diet Has Positive Effect

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 5, 2014) New research from Pennsylvania State University reports that pesticides cause large changes in the expression of genes involved in detoxification, immunity and nutrition-sensing in bees, adding to previous research that has found that pesticides compromise bee immune function. This research also finds that bees with a diet of natural, high […]

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Minnesota Considers Banning Pesticides Linked to Pollinator Decline

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, November 3, 2014) A¬†state ban of neonicotinoid insecticides, which have become increasingly linked to the decline of honey bees and other pollinators worldwide, is under consideration¬†in Minnesota, making it the first state to move in this direction.¬†A revised version of an earlier review, “Scoping a Review of Neonicotinoid Use, Registration and Insect Pollinator […]

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USDA To Provide Additional $4 million for Honey Bee Habitat, No Mention of Pesticides

Friday, October 31st, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, October 31, 2014) Without any mention of the role of pesticides in bee decline, or emphasis on organic practices to help pollinators, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of […]

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White House Delays Government-wide Action on Pollinators, Cites Chemical Dangers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, October 28, 2014) Last week the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced new guidelines for federal agencies to incorporate pollinator friendly practices at federal facilities and on federal lands. Critical to pollinator health within these guidelines is a requirement that agencies should ‚Äú[a]cquire seeds and plants from nurseries that do not […]

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