Archives – April, 2017

Paying the Price for the EU’s Disastrous Ban on Neonics

From: Risk-Monger

The European Commission asked its scientific arm, the Joint Research Centre, to study the effects on farmers from its disastrous 2013 precautionary ban on neonicotinoids. The JRC released its study in January and the Commission has refused to act on it or publish the results. Politico leaked a copy last week (see: http://www.politico.eu/wp-conte…/uploads/…/04/JRC-study.pdf…) that shows how farmers are suffering, spraying crops more frequently with older, less effective pesticSee More

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Part 2 of my assessment of the leaked EU Commission study on farming after neonics. . . .
As I read the pages of this internal study on the effects of the Commissions 2013 precautionary ban, I am beginning to realise what a tragic farce this has become. Tragic for farmers, tragic for the environment, tragic for bees. Because chemophobes seem to have influence in Juncker’s cabinet, the Commission is not releasing this publicly funded study.
See p 112: http://www.politico.eu/wp-conte…/uploads/…/04/JRC-study.pdf…
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Leave a Comment April 25, 2017

How Scientists Are Racing to Save Our Bees

From: Saveur

The honeybee, which is responsible for pollinating $15 billion of American crops, is in trouble. But a crew of crafty scientists and activists is here to help—not just our bees, but our entire food system

Leave a Comment April 24, 2017

Human Behavior Hurting Bees, Researchers Say

From: Pest Control Technology

In a research essay published recently in the Journal of Economic Entomology, Robert Owen argues that human activity is a key driver in the spread of pathogens afflicting the European honey bee and recommends a series of collective actions necessary to stem their spread.

Entomological Society of America

As reported by the Entomological Society of America, in the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror.

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Leave a Comment April 21, 2017

Specialist leads fight to keep Montana bees healthy

From: Sidney Herald

By Renée Jean Sidney Herald

Beth Eiring, quarantine and nursery specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture, is among those on the front lines of the fight for bee health in Montana, a state which typically ranks in the top five in the U.S. for honey production.

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“Bees are livestock,” Eiring said. “Treat them that way. Treat for varroa mites. Inspect them every week or couple of weeks. The days of just throwing them on the back 40 and having production are gone.”

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Leave a Comment April 20, 2017

Neonicotinoid fiasco: How American NGOs turn Europe against science, push EU towards insecticide ban

From: Genetic Literacy Project

[GLP Editor’s note: Matt Ridley is a columnist for The Times (UK), a member of the House of Lords and the author of “The Evolution of Everything”.]

The European Commission’s blinkered approach to insecticides shows how basic science is losing out to lobbyists and bureaucrats

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Leave a Comment April 19, 2017

From Oregon: A Win for Neonicotinoids and the Environment

From: Capital Press

Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail

Mateusz Perkowski

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Finally, the committee allowed Senate Bill 929, which would have restricted the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, to die without comment.

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However, critics said that classifying neonicotinoids as restricted use pesticides could steer people to more toxic pesticides that are harmful to people as well as insects.

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Leave a Comment April 18, 2017

Blinkered approach to insecticides won’t benefit bees

From: The Australian

Matt Ridley

Is the European Commission determined to dim the Enlightenment? I ask this because its behaviour in one specific instance goes so utterly with dogma and against evidence as to suggest that there is no longer even a pretence of respect for reason left in Brussels. It concerns bees.

Leave a Comment April 17, 2017

Mite-Resistant Russian Honey Bees Might Not Prevent Varroa Infestations

From: Entomology Today

By Meredith Swett Walker

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A study published in March in the Journal of Economic Entomology examines whether honey bees specially bred to be “mite-resistant” might be the solution to Varroa infestations. Researchers at the USDA’s Carl Hayden Bee Research Center compared Varroa mite populations in hives of the Russian honey bee, a stock of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) that has been selected (or bred) for its resistance to Varroa, with mite populations in hives of honey bees that have not been selected for mite-resistance. Previous studies have shown that Russian bees have lower levels of Varroa infestation than do unselected lines of European honey bees. This study measured mite populations in the hives, but it also measured the numbers of foraging worker bees with mites on them that went in and out of hives—a variable that proved to be crucial.

Leave a Comment April 14, 2017

Hobbyist beekeeping practices and rejection of chemical treatments major driver of bee-killing Varroa mites and disease

From: Genetic Literacy Project

Hobby beekeeping is very common. A European Bee Health Report found that in many countries, the majority of beekeepers pursue the activity as a hobby. … They note that improving expertise and education are likely good ways to improve honey bee health.

They may be on to something. In fact, in the past months two scientific publications – a large European surveillance study, and an essay in Journal of Economic Entomology – turn the spotlight on bee management, holding handling factors, like the lack of appropriate treatment, largely accountable for the spread of bee mites and diseases.

Leave a Comment April 13, 2017

Want to keep Newfoundland and Labrador bees healthy? Stop imports, says beekeepers group

From: Yahoo News

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“P.E.I. was Varroa Mite-free up until a few years ago when a cottager who had a place in Ontario bought his bees from Ontario,” she said.

“Within a year they had Varroa Mite across the entire province.”

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