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  • Latest News | Honey Bee Haven
    waters Last month the U S Geological Survey released a report finding clothianidin one of the most widely used neonics in 75 of Midwest streams surveyed Other common neonics were detected too Not good news Almost all of the conventional corn seed grown in the U S as well as much of the soy is pre treated with neonics before planted Read more about Neonics in the water Log in or register to post comments Your not so bee friendly plants Submitted by panna on Wed 06 25 2014 00 00 Bee harming pesticides in our lavender and daisies In the same week that an international body of scientists released a comprehensive global assessment of the harms of pesticides to bees a new report shows that these very same pesticides are found in many of our backyard plants at levels of concern that are meant to support pollinators The report shows that 51 of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers Home Depot Lowe s and Walmart in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid neonic pesticides a key driver of declining bee populations Read more about Your not so bee friendly plants Log in or register to post comments Happy Pollinator Week Submitted by panna on Mon 06 16 2014 04 33 Pollinator Protection Week is here folks And to celebrate we re kicking off the week with an online townhall discussion about bee declines the impacts on our food system and what we can do to support thriving pollinator populations On top of that we ll have a lively Twitter chat every day of the week on a range of topics at 10am PT Hope you can join us for all of it Monday 6 16 eTownhall live streaming 6pm PT 9pm ET What

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  • Latest News | Honey Bee Haven
    public image of their products We ve been highlighting their PR hijinks for years and their attempts to spin facts to suit their agenda have only gotten more blatant Bees and pesticides provide the latest example Corporate attempts to reframe the conversation and subvert independent science have gone into hyperdrive Bayer Syngenta and Monsanto in particular are positioning themselves as bee friendly no matter that several top selling pesticide products are directly linked to bee deaths Highlighting the Read more about In the spin cycle Log in or register to post comments Neonic seed treatments don t add up Submitted by panna on Thu 04 03 2014 00 00 Farmers have been saying it for years it s nearly impossible to find corn seed that isn t pre treated with neonicotinoid pesticides At a Congressional briefing in DC last week Dr Christian Krupke of Purdue University presented hard data to support what farmers are reporting 94 to 98 of corn seed in the U S is pre treated with neonics This is particularly bad news for pollinators since we know neonics pose a threat to bees even at low levels Dr Read more about Neonic seed treatments don t add up Log in or register to post comments Building buzz for bees Submitted by panna on Thu 03 20 2014 00 00 Pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to safeguard bees continues to grow stronger Today in DC PAN joined partners to hand deliver a message from more than half a million people to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Step up and prioritize protecting bees from harmful pesticides Even though independent studies clearly show that neonicotinoid pesticides or neonics are hazardous to bees EPA won t conclude its review of these chemicals until 2018 Meanwhile neonics are the most widely used

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  • Latest News | Honey Bee Haven
    in declining bee populations But a mounting body of evidence also shows that neonics aren t the only class of pesticides harming these critical pollinators A report released this week by researchers from Penn State and the University of Florida helps build a case that several pesticides commonly found in hives kill bee larvae Researchers tested four of the pesticides most commonly found in hives chlorothalonil chlorpyrifos fluvalinate and coumaphos Read more about Bad news for baby bees Log in or register to post comments Organic wine happy healthy bees Submitted by Guest Blog on Thu 12 19 2013 23 14 When I was a child my grandfather raised bees on the family vineyard in the South of France After World War II we began to use pesticides on our vines and by the mid 1970s my grandfather who was a physician could see the toll that these poisons were taking on the vines the workers and the soil He decided to revert to organic growing methods and by 1980 we were among the very first organic wine growers in France I started the Organic Wine Company in 1980 to bring high quality organic French wines to the U S Read more about Organic wine happy healthy bees Log in or register to post comments Above the fold EPA protect bees Submitted by panna on Sun 12 01 2013 00 00 Inaction Intransigence Negligence Whatever the right word we re reminded that the U S is behind the curve when it comes to protecting bees Yesterday Europe s restrictions on bee harming pesticides went into effect Today in a full page advertisement in the New York Times and six other major papers PAN and over 60 food farm faith and investor groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency EPA

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  • Latest News | Honey Bee Haven
    long hearing in the California legislature all about bee declines By the end I was both excited and frustrated As I noted in my closing comments at the hearing California can and must take action to address the dramatic declines This is an important opportunity for the state to be a driver of good public policy nationally And addressing the issue here in California will be good for our business the benefits of bees to our agricultural economy are tremendous Read more about Will California save the bees Log in or register to post comments EPA bee protective labels don t cut it Submitted by panna on Fri 08 23 2013 21 17 Last week the Environmental Protection Agency EPA announced new labels intended to better protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides While seemingly a move in the right direction and explicit acknowledgement from the agency that neonics indeed pose a threat to bee populations these labels fail to establish truly meaningful protections There is no clear path for enforcing EPA s new labels And even if followed to the letter the labels fail to address a primary route of exposure through pre treated seeds Read more about EPA bee protective labels don t cut it Log in or register to post comments Bee friendly plants Think again Submitted by panna on Sat 08 17 2013 04 21 Honey bees are up against a lot these days no thanks to a lack of action from EPA And new data released today adds to the growing list of concerns for pollinators home garden plants that come pre treated with bee harming pesticides In a pilot study released today by the Pesticide Research Institute and Friends of the Earth the groups tested plants from major home garden stores across the country and found

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  • Latest News | Honey Bee Haven
    pesticide industry a majority of EU countries sided with bees Here in the U S policymakers have yet to step up And with beekeepers in this country reporting record breaking bee losses this year up to 40 or more action to protect honey bees is more urgent than ever Bees have been dying off in droves in the U S Read more about EPA follow the science protect bees Log in or register to post comments EU flags another bee harming pesticide Submitted by panna on Thu 05 30 2013 00 00 Regulators across the pond are keeping up the momentum to protect pollinators with a new report from the European Food Safety Authority EFSA adding fipronil to the list of bee harming pesticides the agency is concerned about Earlier this year EFSA raised the alarm about three other insecticides that pose a threat to bees And the EU responded with a two year ban on the use of those chemicals We have yet to see if fipronil will be added to the list of restricted pesticides but EFSA s conclusion signals that protections for bees are more likely While European regulators are taking Read more about EU flags another bee harming pesticide Log in or register to post comments Europe steps up EPA let s do this Submitted by panna on Thu 05 02 2013 00 00 In a historic vote on Monday the European Union EU passed a continent wide restriction on the use of bee harming pesticides Despite immense pressure from the pesticide industry a majority of EU countries sided with bees Here in the U S policymakers have yet to step up And with beekeepers in this country reporting record breaking bee losses this year up to 40 or more action to protect honey bees is

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  • Latest News | Honey Bee Haven
    petition and a notice of intent to sue And all to little avail Now we re upping the ante There s too much at stake for EPA to stay stuck Bees are in trouble and they re vital to our food system and our agricultural economy They re responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat including 95 types of fruits and nuts in North America Read more about Bees need help now Time to up the ante Log in or register to post comments Bee harming pesticides are bad news for birds too Submitted by panna on Wed 03 20 2013 21 02 Turns out the pesticides that harm bees are also harming birds According to a report out this week the class of widely used systemic insecticides that science shows are a key factor in dramatic bee die offs are also contributing to falling bird populations At a congressional briefing yesterday an expert panel highlighted the damage that neonicotinoid pesticides or neonics inflict on bees birds and the agricultural economy Beekeepers scientists and public interest organizations called on elected officials to take action and soon Commercial beekeepers have reported that their Read more about Bee harming pesticides are bad news for birds too Log in or register to post comments Bringing it home My lost hive Submitted by Guest Blog on Thu 02 28 2013 21 27 It was late September and my husband and I were just getting back from a cross country trip with our two small kids We were tired and rumpled and relieved to be home The breeze coming off the ocean and the sight of our yard full of nasturtiums in bloom were a sweet antidote to the exhaustion we felt after a long travel day As the kids ran

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    pollinate each February Imidacloprid belongs to a class of systemic neurotoxic pesticides known to be particularly toxic to honey bees neonicotinoids As Read more about Almond joy Victory for bees Log in or register to post comments Even small doses are big trouble for bees Submitted by panna on Wed 10 26 2011 19 06 New science confirms that honey bees are at great risk when simultaneously exposed to parasites and pesticides Two pesticides of concern fipronil and thiacloprid a neonicotinoid operate in combination with a common pathogen to dramatically increase bee death And they do so at very low sub lethal levels It is estimated that seven in ten U S bee hives are infected with the parasite Nosema ceranae A study released in June found that 47 of infected bees die However when also exposed to low levels of pesticides the mortality rate jumps to 71 On their own both parasites and Read more about Even small doses are big trouble for bees Log in or register to post comments Dan Rather on pesticides bees Submitted by panna on Thu 09 22 2011 09 22 Help start a national conversation on pesticides and bees by spreading the word

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  • Minnesota bees poised for relief from neonics | Honey Bee Haven
    neonicotinoids to protect our state s indispensable pollinators Though we know the bill will be strongly challenged we also know it s step in the right direction Minnesota agriculture needs bees We ve all heard the stats one in three bites of food we eat relies on honey bees for pollination And according to the UN of the 100 crops that provide 90 of the world s food over 70 are pollinated by bees And those aren t just any crops they re the fruits vegetables and nuts that provide the basis of a healthy diverse diet But why does Minnesota in particular need bees Minnesota farmers grow a lot of different crops that need pollinators to flourish apples melons zucchini cucumbers strawberries apricots squash and blueberries to name a few We have pollinators to thank for delicious Minnesota apples our state s top fruit crop apples are valued at 11 8 million annually And then of course there s honey Of course the pollination services that honey bees and native bees provide are crucial but who can forget honey Honey is a critical part of many beekeepers livelihoods Minnesota has historically been one of the top five honey producing states in the country with honey contributing 9 13 million to Minnesota s agricultural economy each year But honey production is falling in the state in large part due to annual bee losses but not neonics There s no doubt that bees are immensely valuable to Minnesotans But we can t say the same for neonicotinoids In fact the efficacy of these products is in question in a big way The most common use of neonics is as a coating applied to seeds like corn soybeans canola dry beans or wheat before the farmer buys them The problem is that

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