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  • Beekeepers expect "worst year for bees" | Honey Bee Haven
    in fields across the country As one beekeeper told me On average 40 over wintering losses across the country That s what we re facing And my losses are closer to 70 this is likely gonna be the worst year for bees But it isn t just this year USDA reports major bee population declines since 2006 Another beekeeper told me he lost over 250 000 in honey business last year alone and he s no longer pollinating melon and cherries As he reminded me this not only has direct impacts on him but his employees their communities suppliers vendors the food system and agricultural economy Pesticide industry front center Workshops on pesticides were more common than ever at this annual AHPA conference as evidence mounts showing pesticides to be a key catalyst in bee declines And representatives from chemical giants like Arysta Bayer and Monsanto made their presence known even hosting workshops to pacify concerned beekeepers These corporations have a lot at stake With the market becoming increasingly consolidated just a few companies manufacture many of the same seeds and pesticides implicated in honey bee losses If history is any guide these corporations will likely continue to object to finding healthy sustainable and commonsense solutions to bee declines Toward commonsense solutions By the end of the conference several themes had emerged Beekeepers and the farmers they work with don t have the necessary support from state and federal officials to protect pollinators and maintain productive businesses They feel victim to a handful of powerful pesticide corporations and lax government regulators In order to support healthy pollinators several beekeepers suggested the following Reduce pesticide use especially near bees With the weight of the evidence behind them beekeepers are encouraging reductions in pesticide use including the use of products like neonicotinoids

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  • What's the buzz in Britain? | Honey Bee Haven
    the United Kingdom And pollinators like bees provide more than half a billion pounds to the British agricultural economy each year As a result Parliament recently held a series of hearings to assess the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees and steps to protect them What s already clear is that Defra has failed to sufficiently review the impacts of this new class of systemic pesticides and evaluate the emerging body of independent science The potential inadequacy of the regulatory process is the thing that worries me the most Tim Lovett former president of the British Bee Keeper Association told The Guardian I think all the regulators have been remarkably silent And this has beekeepers farmer groups and scientists frustrated with many calling for a moratorium on the continued use of the products Stinging science At issue in the UK as well as in America is the use of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides Bees largely come into contact with them as seed treatments that are taken up and expressed through the pollen and other parts of the plant and also as insecticides sprayed on crops and gardens And the body of science connecting the declining health of bee populations to pesticide exposure continues to grow Pesticide corporations like Syngenta have done their best to challenge the science including funding favorable studies and diminishing the evidence In particular pesticidemakers are attempting to push for impossible field tests while also calling Defra s analysis very rigorous The response is focused on trying to pick small holes and then using them as a justification for inaction said David Goulson professor at the University of Stirling and author of a recent bee study Power in the network Our colleagues at Pesticide Action Network UK one of several PAN International centers across the globe have been

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  • At EPA’s front door: “Protect bees from pesticides” | Honey Bee Haven
    harming pesticides and fix the flawed process for allowing them on the market in the first place Pesticide corporations like Bayer have continued to assert influence over government decision making pushing for continued use of neonicotinoid products like clothianidin Frustrated beekeeper David Hackenberg profiled in a new documentary out this week spoke at today s event and stated clearly We have become a nation driven by the chemical industry Mounting evidence is clear Research out this week in Nature further links pesticides especially neonicotinoids with significant and harmful impacts on hives As Mother Jones Tom Philpott notes the pesticide affected worker bee efficiency reducing the amount of pollen harvested and resulted in more lost workers and fewer new bees being born Neonicotinoids are a class of systemic pesticides that are used as seed coatings and taken up and expressed through the entire plant system as well as pollen and nectar where bees can interact with them PAN s Honey Bees and Pesticides State of the Science report documents the strong body of evidence that suggest pesticides are a critical factor in bee declines Congress time to step up While several members of Congress are also calling on EPA to move

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