colony collapse disorder

This Popular Insecticide Is Lowering Sperm Count in Honey Bees by 40%

This Popular Insecticide Is Lowering Sperm Count in Honey Bees by 40%

Neonicotinoids, a common and highly controversial class of insecticides linked to catastrophic bee deaths, could be significantly lowering the sperm count of male drone honey bees and cutting their life span by a third, Swiss researchers found. Researchers from the Institute of Bee Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland discovered that male drone honeybees […]

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    50,000 Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in Oregon

    50,000 Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in Oregon

    Beyond Pesticides Just as Pollinator Week began last week, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees, likely representing more than 300 colonies, were found dead or dying in a shopping mall parking lot in Wilsonville, OR. Authorities confirmed Friday that the massive bee die-off was caused by the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide, dinotefuran, on nearby trees. Then […]

    House Adds Honey Bee and Pollinator Protections to Farm Bill

    House Adds Honey Bee and Pollinator Protections to Farm Bill

    Center for Food Safety The Center for Food Safety applauds the passage of a pollinator protection amendment Wednesday that was offered by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) to the Farm Bill currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, a fitting and positive development during National Pollinator Week. Beekeepers worldwide have seen record losses of […]

    Study Finds Honey Bee Colony Losses More Than Double Since Last Winter

    Study Finds Honey Bee Colony Losses More Than Double Since Last Winter

    British Beekeepers Association Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Today, the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) announced the results of its latest annual winter survival survey which show that the number of honey bee colonies lost over the winter was more than double that of the previous year, with all regions in England showing increased losses. The overwinter […]

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

    Greenpeace By Rex Weyler We know what is killing the bees. Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse is not as big a mystery as the chemical companies claim. The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air […]