From: The Herald-Sun
DURHAM — Honeybees are in trouble.
Each year, the United States loses about a third of its honeybee population, said David R. Tarpy, an associate professor and extension beekeeper at N.C. State University.
And while beekeepers have been building the numbers back up, he said, it’s difficult for them to keep up at that pace of loss.
“The overall problem is that colonies are dying off at a greater rate than what is sustainable, and because we need them for pollinators, we need a sustainable honeybee population,” he said.
April 16, 2014
Fears of a mite infestation that could devastate Australia’s bee population are among the concerns to be raised at a senate hearing.
Bee business and a potential billion dollar threat to agriculture is on the agenda of a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
At a town hall in Murray Bridge, west of Adelaide, senators will start to hear evidence from those in the bee and honey industry, including their fears of an infestation of the disease-spreading Varroa mite.
Ten submissions have been received, with some indicating a mite infestation is most likely to reach Australia via established bee hives carried on international shipping.
April 14, 2014
Editor’s Note: For more information about the Epilobee study, see the Review of Bee Health Decline here.
From: RTE News
A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees has found that death rates were lower than feared.
The study in part counters concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects.
The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU member states from late 2012 until summer 2013 found winter mortality rates ranged from 3.5% percent to 33.6%.
The winter of 2012-13 was particularly cold and the highest mortality rates were in northern countries with harsher climates.
April 11, 2014
Editor’s Note: A major European Union study of honeybee health has collected detailed data on the impact of Varroa Destructor on EU bees. Processing and analysis of the dataset is described by the Europan Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) as a “massive effort.” The EU report makes clear that an assessment of “parasitic pressures” on bees from the data is neccessary before causality of bee health decline can be determined.
The complete Epilobee report, “A pan-European epidemiological study on honeybee colony losses: 2012-2013″ is attached here. Below is an excerpt from p. 22.
April 9, 2014
From: The Moral Liberal
Perils of commercial beekeeping
BY PAUL DRIESSEN
Honeybees pollinate crops but endure stress, parasites and disease. Solutions are coming.
One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive.
April 7, 2014
CFS’s Academic-Style Neonicotinoid Paper is NOT Data Quality Act Compliant
The Center for Food Safety’s report, “Heavy Costs: Weighing the Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Agriculture” lists two External Reviewers on its Acknowledgements frontispiece along with reference to an anonymous reviewer. With respect to the independence of peer reviewers, OMB’s government-wide, binding Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review states that
In its narrowest sense, independence in a reviewer means that the reviewer was not involved in producing the draft document to be reviewed. However, for peer review of some documents, a broader view of independence is necessary to assure credibility of the process.
April 7, 2014
From: Iowa State Daily
By Julie Paulson
The future will depend on advancing farming technology to feed a growing world.
That was the conclusion of this year’s Hertz lecture, which was given by Jim Blome, the president and CEO of Bayer CropScience.
“It’s all about innovation and technology,” Blome said. “So it’s important for us to recognize emerging trends.”
These innovations and technologies are needed to overcome the challenges of a changing world. One in eight people go hungry every day in spite of there being enough resources to feed them.
April 4, 2014
From: Southwest Farm Press
by Ron Smith in Farm Press Blog
We need to put our best science to work to find out what causes the disappearance of whole colonies of bees and then find ways to prevent that from happening.
One recent morning I had some nice whole wheat frozen waffles for breakfast, slathered with honey. It was quite tasty. Not certain of the nutritional value, but it was pleasing to the palate.
I often eat honey on pancakes, waffles, biscuits and peanut butter sandwiches. I’ve always liked honey. My grandfather was a beekeeper and kept us supplied with the sweet goodness of home-grown honey. I liked to chew on the honey comb, a sight better tasting than chewing gum.
April 2, 2014
From: Farm Futures
American Seed Trade Association reiterates support for neonicotinoid treatments following Center for Food Safety literature review
The American Seed Trade Association is reiterating its support for seed treatments following a report released earlier this week by the Center for Food Safety which questions neonicotinoid effectiveness and suggests the treatments are “unnecessary in most cases.”
The report, a compiled review of 19 previously published studies, suggests that neonicotinoids – which some studies suggest have impacts on bee health –either do not provide a yield benefit or show inconsistent benefits.
March 31, 2014
CropLife America |
CropLife America (CLA) president and CEO Jay Vroom addressed companies and associations from the crop protection and biotechnology sectors during CropLife Asia’s annual general meeting. In his remarks, Vroom asked meeting attendees from around Asia to come together under a new global approach developed by CropLife International (CLI) offering guidance related to both endocrine disruption and pollinator health issues.
“Issues tied to both pollinator health and endocrine disruption have truly become international in scope and require a more globally harmonized approach,” Vroom said.
March 28, 2014