Imagine a world without hummingbirds

It’s hard to imagine a world without hummingbirds, but according to Ruth Padel of the zoological Society of London, a few of the more than 300 species of the world’s tough but fragile little wonder birds are already extinct and many are endangered. The usual culprits are to blame–encroachment on and destruction of habitats, along with […]

Save America’s Pollinators Act Introduced

U.S. Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have introduced a bill (H.R. 2692) that has Capitol Hill buzzing. The bill, named Save America’s Pollinators Act, would suspend the use of all neonicotinoid pesticides until full reviews of the scientific evidence and extensive field studies have been conducted. As usual, the U.S., with its […]

Official: One-Third U.S. Commercial Bee Colonies Lost This Winter

A consortium of academic researchers, beekeeepers and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture scientists announced in early May 2013 that one-third of the country’s commercial bee colonies disappeared over the winter of 2012-13. That number is more than double what’s acceptable for natural causes, the announcement said. “We’re getting closer and closer to the point where we don’t […]

Bees win in the European Union in 1st-of-Kind Ban

Bees and their supporters across the European Union won a huge victory in an April 29 landmark vote that for the first time banned widely used pesticides (neonicotinoids) proven to be substantially responsible for the global bee die-offs over the last seven years. Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer for commondreams.org, reported that the neonicotinoid pesticides,  clothianidin, imidacloprid and […]

Dim Outlook for Honeybees…and Food

Honeybee loss may not even register on the list of present and future concerns for most people, but it should. One-third of the food we consume is directly linked to the buzzing little workaholics we have long taken for granted, notes David Epstein, an entomologist with the USDA Office of Pest Management Policy. Right now […]

Does a bottle of typical grocery store honey actually contain any real honey?

Sadly, the short answer is no. According to research reported today by Food Safety News, more than three-quarters of the honey sold in grocery stores is not real honey. The key factor in making the determination is whether or not the honey being sold actually contains any pollen. According to Food Safety News: “The contents […]