Presidential Memorandum creating a Federal strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators

FIND OUT WHAT’S KILLING THE F**CKING BEES AND MAKE ‘EM STOP!

Here’s a link to the detailed version.

Thanks, Mike

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7 comments

  1. Update

    “The Head-Scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees” (NYT) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/us/the-head-scratching-case-of-the-vanishing-bees.html “Two decades ago, the United States had more than three million colonies; now it is down to an estimated 2.4 million, the Agriculture Department says. And more bees seem to be dying — from all causes, not just colony collapse — in the normal course of what are referred to as the “winter loss” and the “fall dwindle.” Where annual bee losses were once in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent, they are now more on the order of 30 percent. The fear is that this dying-off is too great for the country’s ever-expanding agricultural needs.”

  2. Lucrezia

    “Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta over neonicotinoid pesticides” http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canadian-beekeepers-sue-bayer-and-syngenta-over-neonicotinoid-pesticides-1.2754441 The lawsuit alleges that Bayer Cropscience Inc. and Syngenta Canada Inc. and their parent companies were negligent in their design, manufacture, sale and distribution of neonicotinoid pesticides, specifically those containing imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiomethoxam …which were found in 70% of dead bees tested by Health Canada in 2013.

  3. Apiarist

    (11/3/14) Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/ps-dap110314.php
    “This is the first time such a strong link between pesticide exposure and diet has been demonstrated at the molecular level, and the first time the effects of artificial versus natural diets have been explored in terms of resistance to pesticides. Diet and nutrition can greatly impact the ability of bees to resist pesticides, and likely other stressors. However, agriculture and urbanization have reduced the amounts and diversity of flowering plants available to bees, which likely nutritionally stresses them and makes them more sensitive to these other stressors. If we can figure out which diets and which flowering plants are nutritionally optimal for honey bees, we can help bees help themselves.” Christina Grozinger, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State.

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