Archives – April, 2017

Farmers urged to tell MPs, candidates and MEPs how neonicotinoids ban would affect their farm

Editor’s Note: The EU’s neonic ban has not helped Europe’s bees and is causing environmental catastrophe in Europe and beyond as conversion of land to agricultural uses increased to compensate for lost food production.

From: NFU Online | The Voice of British Farming


NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “A blanket ban of neonicotinoids on outdoor crops would be devastating for farms across the country 1. The numbers of pests are rising across the country1 and dealing with these pressures is costly 2. Growing crops without these seed treatments could become very difficult.

Leave a Comment April 28, 2017

France Recognizes Varroa is Bees’ #1 Enemy

Editor’s Note: No wonder the EU’s neonic ban isn’t helping Europe’s bees. Translation from the French via Google Translate.

From: La Nouvelle République

National Week for the Control of Varroa

From May 1st to May 8th, beekeepers from all over France, both professional and amateur, are required to practice counting varroa, “the number one enemy of bees”. This week should also be an opportunity for beekeepers to exchange on best practices against this scourge.

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Leave a Comment April 27, 2017

Interest in beekeeping rises in McHenry County, IL Despite Challenges from Varroa

From: Northwest Herald

Interest in beekeeping rises in McHenry County



The No. 1 challenge local beekeepers face now is a parasite called the varroa mite, which made its first appearance in the U.S. in the late 1980s.

“It now exists in every state,” Krengel said. “There is no way to get rid of it. How to manage it is the biggest challenge.”

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Leave a Comment April 26, 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:…/uploads/…/04/JRC-study.pdf…) that shows how farmers are suffering, spraying crops more frequently with older, less effective pesticSee More


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:…/uploads/…/04/JRC-study.pdf…

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.


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.


“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


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


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


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

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