EU to ban pesticides that harm bees

The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination.

The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The decision builds on a limited ban which has been in effect since 2013. Continue reading

Take care to protect bees this fall

From University of Kentucky AgNews

by Aimee Nielson

National attention has focused on the decline of honeybees, but native bumblebee populations are also struggling. Diseases, pesticides, and habitat loss or fragmentation are all plaguing bee populations. UKAgΒ entomologists say native bees need to pick up the slack left by honeybees, but they need some help from farmers and homeowners.

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Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms

From the New York Times

According to a story in the New York Times last week, bee deaths in 2012 surpassed those that have been seen previously with respect to Colony Collapse Disorder. A recent concern that neonicotinoids are the main culprit has pitted beekeepers, researchers, chemical companies and some growers in a heated debate.Β  Part of the article can be found below. Click on the link above to read the entire article.

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