Archives – March, 2014

Bee Health Campaign Suggests Neonicotinoid Treatments Unnecessary

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.

Leave a Comment March 31, 2014

CLA wants harmonized approach to bee health, endocrine policies

From: AGProfessional

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.

Leave a Comment March 28, 2014

New Findings For Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) To Be Presented at World Vaccine Congress in Washington March 24-26

From: PRNewswire/Bioradar UK, Ltd.

Increase in Concentration of Newly Identified Replikin Beetoxingene Preceded Current CCD Outbreaks; Beetoxingene Sequences are CCD Blocker and Vaccine Candidates

LONDON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is increasing with unknown cause(s).  There is no effective treatment or prevention of CCD.  Increasing loss of bee colonies since 2005 is resulting in the loss of bee pollination which poses a threat to food production worldwide.

Leave a Comment March 26, 2014

Bee researcher inducted into British order

From: AP

ATHENS, Ga.  — Long past are the days in which British royalty knighted nobles for their services in battles.

Recently, though, a British ambassador inducted a University of Georgia professor into a chivalric order for his struggle to halt the demise of bees.

UGA researcher Keith Delaplane for years has studied bees and the reasons the possible reasons behind their population decline.

The entomology professor conducts that research so well it recently earned him induction into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Leave a Comment March 24, 2014

Canada’s bees are thriving: public needs facts, not fear


Guelph Mercury

By Lee Townsend

News outlets throughout Canada are filled with stories about the imminent decline of honeybees and the calls by some beekeepers to ban the pesticides — called neonicotinoids — which they blame for their problems.

As a commercial beekeeper, I have a couple of points to make that may surprise some readers. First, the Canadian honeybee industry is far from collapsing — in fact, it’s thriving. The numbers don’t lie. Both the total number of honeybee colonies and beekeepers in Canada has risen dramatically since 2008.

Leave a Comment March 21, 2014

Bee deaths in Austria continue despite insecticide ban


VIENNA, March 14 (Xinhua) — Bee deaths in Austria remain an acute problem despite the government has partially banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides from October 2013, Austria Press Agency reported Friday.

The pesticides have been linked to the so-called colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, government organizations and NGO’s considered the situation still serious due to pesticide use and varroa destructor mites.

Environmental group Global 2000 said the pesticides still remain in the soil, albeit in a lower concentration.

However, the mild winter just passed by is largely blamed for the problems of varroa mites which caused bees being active earlier this year, said President of the Beekeeper’s Association Johann Gruscher.

Leave a Comment March 19, 2014

Anti-Science Environmentalists Ban ‘Neonic’ Insecticides, Imperiling Global Health

From: Forbes

By Richard Tren

Some of history’s greatest advances in public health – especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases – have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations.  Because the market for public health pesticides is relatively small, however, most of these vital chemistries were developed for larger agricultural uses. Unfortunately, that source of new products is increasingly under threat from shortsighted environmentalism and the European embrace of “precautionary” regulation.

Leave a Comment March 17, 2014

Bee decline results from multiple stressors

From: Southwest Farm Press

The dilemma: Farmers use approved pesticides at approved rates and in accordance with approved application methods to protect valuable field and tree crops from damaging pests. Beekeepers place their hives as near those fields and orchards as they can to provide adequate nectar to produce as much honey as possible.

But that’s not all. Bees near agriculture operations is only one of a half-dozen or more factors that could contribute to bee colony collapse disorder, and it’s likely not even the most significant.

Leave a Comment March 13, 2014

“What’s happening in the Caribbean should not be confused with colony collapse disorder (CCD).”

From: Inter Press Service

Heavy Rainfall Washing Out Honey Production

By Desmond Brown

DUMBARTON, St. Vincent, Mar 12 2014 (IPS) – Allan Williams, 32, is an agriculture extension officer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. But as a trained apiculturist, he has also been involved in beekeeping as a hobby for the past seven years.

He has seen beekeeping grow significantly since 2006, as stakeholders became increasingly aware of its importance to the agricultural sector, and thus an important contributor to economic growth and development.


Leave a Comment March 12, 2014

CPA chief on fight to keep crop protection tools

Farmers Weekly

Pesticides face attack on all fronts from EU legislation, which could see many key actives being lost. Nick von Westenholz explains how the Crop Protection Association is fighting to ensure growers still have the right tools to grow crops

Challenges for UK farmers

What are the key challenges for pesticides?

There are a number of separate areas that are coming together to form a single challenge to arable growers by changing the way the EU regulates pesticides. This threat will see products being taken off the market, leaving farmers with fewer actives to tackle weeds, diseases and pests as they go about their business of growing crops.

Leave a Comment March 10, 2014

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