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Lowes to Phase Out Neonic Pesticides

Lowe’s announced in its 2014 Social Responsibility Report that it is phasing out the sale of products that contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides within 48 months as suitable alternatives become commercially available. Some studies have indicated that neonics are damaging the health of honeybees and other pollinators.  According to a study … Read more »

Initiatives Launched to Save Bee Population

Cascadian Farm and the Almond Board of California have both launched initiatives to help reverse declining bee populations. Cascadian Farm, in partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, announced its “Bee Friendlier” program to increase awareness of bee loss issues and encourage … Read more »

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Whole Foods Market Launches Produce Rating System

Whole Foods has launched a rating system for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. The Responsibly Grown system labels these items as “good,” “better” or “best” to help shoppers make more informed choices in the produce and floral departments, and … Read more »

Home Depot to Require Neonicotinoids Labeling

Home Depot and other retailers have said they plan to ban or limit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to honeybee decline. Home Depot says it will require its suppliers to start labeling any plants treated with neonicotinoids by the fourth quarter of this year, Reuters reports. … Read more »

‘Clear Evidence’ Neonicotinoids a Key Factor in Bee Decline

Neonicotinoid pesticides are a key factor in honeybee decline, according to a study to be published in the Journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Undertaking a full analysis of all the available literature (800 peer reviewed reports) the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides — a group of global, independent scientists … Read more »

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Syngenta’s ‘Operational Pollinator’ Gives Bees a Boost

Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator helps restore bees and other pollinators in landscapes like golf course while establishing low- to no-maintenance natural areas for superintendents, the argichemical company says. The initiative stems from Syngenta’s honeybee research as scientists investigate pesticides as a potential cause of honeybee decline. Syngenta produces neonicotinoids, a class … Read more »

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EPA Funds Aim to Reduce Pesticides, Improve Bee Health

The EPA has awarded almost half a million in funding to three universities — Louisiana State University, University of Vermont and Pennsylvania State University  — for projects to reduce pesticide use and lower risks to honeybees. The agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices also aim to control pests … Read more »

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Does Bayer Care About Bees?

While beekeepers and environmental groups blame Bayer and other pesticide producers for harming honeybees, Bayer has funded research that blames varroa mites for the bee die-off and plans to open more Bee Care Centers to further study the mites, The New York Times reports. The company, a major producer of … Read more »

EPA Launches Bee-Protecting Pesticide Label

EPA Launches Bee-Protecting Pesticide Label

The EPA has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. The agency says the labels are part of its ongoing effort to protect bees and prevent colony decline. The labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with information on … Read more »

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Monsanto, Bayer, Sygenta Fund Bee Research

Monsanto, Bayer and Sygenta are among the agrichemical companies funding honeybee research in the US as scientists investigate pesticides as a potential cause of honeybee decline, Reuters reports. Bayer and Syngenta, which produce neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline, are helping fund research at Iowa State University … Read more »

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Bayer, Syngenta, Rapeseed Producers Possible Bee Vote Losers

Dow Chemical may see an uptick in sales of its pesticide sprays as a result of the European Union ban on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline that are produced mainly by Bayer and Syngenta, Reuters reports. Another possible loser in the vote last month to protect … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Pesticide Ban, Pebble Mine, Solar Glass Claims

The European Union has voted to impose a two-year ban on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline. The decision is a serious defeat for chemical companies, the Guardian says. The European Commission wants a moratorium to begin no later than July 1, the BBC reports. The proposed Pebble Mine copper and gold project … Read more »