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  • Bee love, coast to coast | Honey Bee Haven
    to sign on to the Save America s Pollinator Act These are all hopeful indicators of growing momentum exactly the kind of momentum we need if we hope to see real action at the federal level to protect bees But so far EPA has held out the agency still doesn t plan to complete its review of neonicotinoids until 2018 or later New science same message Retailers regulatory agencies and state and federal legislatures have been slow to protect bees from pesticides but it s certainly not for lack of scientific evidence which keeps piling up A new study released in December found that neonicotinoids are present in significant concentrations in guttation fluid droplets of dew on plants that bees drink And a few weeks ago another report found that common crop pesticides kill bee larvae when they make their way into beehives As these and other studies emerge it helps us understand the science behind pesticides and bee declines a little more fully While habitat loss pathogens and other factors like nutrition also clearly play a role the message remains consistent many pesticides are harming bees Period More bee washing As the body of science linking bee declines and pesticides grows ever stronger the pesticide industry is hard at work to distract decisionmakers and confuse the public about the causes of bee declines While we were busy delivering Valentines messages to Home Depot last week Bayer one of the Big 6 pesticide corporations and one of the world s main producer of neonicotinoids was writing a check to bee researchers at the University of California Davis Bayer made no secret of its contribution In fact the company s visit to UC Davis was just one stop on the its high profile Bee Care Tour As public and regulatory momentum

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  • Valentine's Day action! | Honey Bee Haven
    This week bee lovers across the country will be swarming Home Depot and Lowe s stores calling on these major home garden retailers to stop selling pesticides that are harmful to bees Last August a pilot study from Friends of the Earth found that many bee friendly plants sold at Home Depot and Lowe s come pretreated with neonicotinoids insecticides that are a key contributor to bee die offs This week s swarms will be nudging home garden stores to take neonicotinoids and plants pretreated with these chemicals off their shelves Home Depot and Lowe s haven t yet taken action to protect bees but beekeepers gardeners and bee lovers around the country are stepping up This week thousands of people from coast to coast will be delivering Valentines to Home Depot and Lowe s asking them to show bees some love Join the action 1 Join us in person as we swarm Home Depot and Lowe s stores in the Bay Area Washington DC Minneapolis MN Chicago IL and Eugene OR 2 Print a Valentine and deliver it to the nearest Home Depot or Lowe s store Need some ideas These tips for delivery are a good place to

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  • Bad news for baby bees | Honey Bee Haven
    bees bring an average of six pesticides back to the hive in the pollen they collect And when pesticides find their way into the hive they affect larvae more severely than adult bees This week s report provides new evidence that exposure to multiple pesticides leads to synergistic effects impacts that are greater than the sum of their parts And when bee larvae are exposed to more than one pesticide at a time the chemicals interact in unpredictable ways often amplifying the harm caused by one pesticide on its own So what are these culprit chemicals Two are crop pesticides The first chlorothalonil is a fungicide categorized by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen Research is beginning to show that it may be just as harmful for bees as it is for people According to USDA researchers fungicides in pollen are correlated with higher rates of the gut parasite Nosema In spite of this evidence chlorothalonil is still categorized by EPA as relatively non toxic for bees The other crop pesticide commonly found in hives is chlorpyrifos an insecticide frequently used on fruits vegetables and nuts It s also a known developmental toxicant an endocrine disruptor and a chemical of particular concern for kids Fluvalinate and coumaphos are miticides used by some beekeepers to control varroa mites Beekeepers have been driven to rely more heavily on these miticides in recent years as bees immune systems are weakened by exposures to neonicotinoids Inert but not benign On top of synergies between multiple pesticides there may be another quiet culprit in bee declines so called inert ingredients This week s study found that NMP a common additive in many pesticide formulations increases mortality for bee larvae even at very low doses Pesticide companies are only required to release information on the

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