GMO Studies, Patent Battles and Bees In This GMO Digest

While the Washington State labeling initiative appears to have been defeated, being outspent by opponents by a ratio of nearly 3-1, and with the focus now shifting to labeling initiatives in Oregon, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we look at other important stories that you may have missed in the pre-election buzz.

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA?

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA?

The European Commission recently said it will ban three neonicotinoids for the next two years citing “acute high risks” to bees associated with this pesticide. The EPA only recommends more tests.

New Study Finds Combination of Pesticides Dangerous To Bumblebees

New Study Finds Combination of Pesticides Dangerous To Bumblebees

A recent study found that a combination of two pesticides impairs the natural foraging behavior of bumblebees, increases worker mortality as well as increases the propensity of bumblebee colonies to fail.

EPA Chooses Inaction While Bee Declines Continue

EPA Chooses Inaction While Bee Declines Continue

Reactions to EPA’s refusal to suspend the registration of clothianidin, given the mounting scientific evidence that this systemic poison poses an imminent hazard to bees, have been strong and unequivocal.

EPA Denies Emergency Petition to Suspend Clothianidin

EPA Denies Emergency Petition to Suspend Clothianidin

The EPA went to great lengths to reject a citizen petition seeking to suspend the use of a systemic pesticide that scientific studies link to massive bee die-offs. What happened?

New Evidence Linking Systemic Pesticides To Bee Die Offs

New Evidence Linking Systemic Pesticides To Bee Die Offs

With even more scientific studies linking systemic pesticides to bee deaths, beekeepers and environmental organizations petition EPA to suspend clothianidin, a pesticide that got a free pass from registration requirements.

Beekeepers and Scientists Urge A Ban On Systemic Pesticides

Beekeepers and Scientists Urge A Ban On Systemic Pesticides

While evidence of the detrimental impact of systemic pesticides mounts, many beekeepers and independent scientists wonder why U.S. regulators have not suspended or banned their use.

Bee-ware Of The Disappearing Honey Bees

Bee-ware Of The Disappearing Honey Bees

Is the massive honeybee die off a canary in the coal mine telling us that the pesticide treadmill, as our current state of agriculture has come to be known, is short sighted and dangerous?

The Honeybee Disappearance: GMO Connection

Honeybee Disappearance: The GMO Connection

Lack of independent studies on the impact of transgenic crops on honeybees, independently, and in combination with other chemicals, further calls into doubt the industry’s safety claims.

Are Systemic Pesticides To Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

Are Systemic Pesticides To Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

While massive bee die offs have been occurring for more than half a decade, the connection between colony collapse disorder and pesticides, particularly serious concern about systemic pesticides, has been downplayed by the EPA and the industry.

The Empty Honeycomb

The Empty Honeycomb

It’s hard to imagine American agriculture without bees and, yet, we may be seeing the end of beekeeping following years of mysterious collapses of honey bee colonies in the United States and the world.

Honeybee Killer Found by University and Army Researchers

Honeybee Killer Found by University and Army Researchers

At last there seems to be an answer to the honeybee disappearance mystery. A virus-fungus one-two punch is now the lead suspect behind honeybee devastation. However, additional studies are needed to determine to determine the exact mechanisms leading to honeybee deaths.

GMO Digest: Superweeds Discussed in Congress, Environmental Justice, and More

Last week, superweeds and GMOs were on the minds of many U.S. lawmakers. Reports continued on growing pesticide resistance. Bee colony collapse problem grows. EPA considers giving environmental justice a chance. EU approved more GM maize imports, while a GMO-Free Europe conference nears. And more.

USDA Begins National Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

USDA Begins National Survey of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

A 13-state survey of honey bee pests and diseases that will help USDA scientists to determine the factors that may be contributing to the decline of honey bee colonies nationwide.

Latest USDA Research On Colony Collapse Disorder

Latest USDA Research On Colony Collapse Disorder

Recent research from USDA points to a correlation between a fungus and a family of viruses that may be working together to cause the Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees. Many still believe, however, that other causes such as pesticide use in agriculture and GMOs that produce pesticides, also play a role in the collapse.

Beekeepers turn away from chemical cash deals after safety fears

The British Beekeepers’ Association is moving away from cash sponsorship deals with pesticide manufacturers after concerns that the chemicals may be harmful to bees. The Association is looking for other sources of funding. According to TimesOnline, bee numbers in Britain are down 54 per cent in 20 years.

New Study Finds Widespread Pesticide Contamination of Beehives

New Study Finds Widespread Pesticide Contamination of Beehives

A new study by Penn State University found widespread and remarkably high level pesticide and other toxicant contamination of bee hives. The study sheds light on how modern day agriculture contributes to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Is Bee Colony Collapse Disorder linked to GMOs?

Is Bee Colony Collapse Disorder linked to GMOs?

Barry B. Benson from the Bee Movie, might have been right after all – bees have a reason to sue humans, more than one reason. Honey bee population faces a dire reality in the United States. Since the major honey bee die-offs have started 3 years ago, some areas have seen deaths of 30-90% of bee colonies each winter.