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Organic wheat management supports bee communities

Mar 22, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effects of organic vs. conventional farming in large- and small-scale agriculture on wild bee communities and the flowers that they rely on. Bees were sampled in 18 pairs of organic and conventional winter wheat fields and organic winter wheat field in Central Germany. Researchers… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey sampled in global study

Feb 15, 2018

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. They are systemic pesticides, which means that rather than simply residing on the surface of the plant, they are taken up and distributed internally throughout the stem, leaves, flowers, nectar and pollen. A recent study published in Science sought to better understand the… Read More ›

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Organic systems support a diversity of wildlife

Dec 13, 2017

Research published in Global Change Biology found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Looking at data from around the world, the research found that overall, organic farms and fields with high levels of plant diversity increased both the abundance and the number of species of beneficial insects such as pollinators and pest predators. Another study published in the scientific… Read More ›

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Native habitat can protect native bees from the harmful effects of pesticides

Jul 27, 2015

Numerous studies have documented the role of habitat loss due to agricultural intensification in driving wild bee population declines. However, little is known regarding the effects of on-farm pesticide use on wild bee populations. Now, a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that pesticide use is directly correlated with declines… Read More ›

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Bee and Other Pollinator Health

Jun 29, 2015

An important and timely report was released by The Organic Center showing that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the last decade and threatening global food security. Titled “The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health,” the report… Read More ›

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Bees prefer neonicotinoid-laced food

May 14, 2015

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests that bees may be addicted to neonicotinoid pollen. Researchers offered honey bees and bumblebees food with concentrations of imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin—the three most commonly used neonicotinoids—as well as insecticide- free food. Bees consistently chose to consume food containing imidacloprid or thiamethoxam over the insecticide-free… Read More ›

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Effect of chronic field-realistic exposure to the neonicotinoid, Imidacloprid, on honeybee colony health

Mar 19, 2015

A new study published by PLOS One shows that the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, can have subtle negative effects on bee health. The study, conducted by Researchers from the University of Maryland and USDA-ARS conducted a three-year study to determine how imidacloprid levels within hives changed over time and how chronic low-level exposure to the neonicotinoid, imidacloprid… Read More ›

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Higher Pollinator Biodiversity in Organic Farms

Jun 10, 2014

Several studies have shown that organic farming is beneficial for bees, but a recent study published in Animal Conservation takes a new perspective on ways that organic farming contributes to pollinator health. The study looked at the interaction between plants and pollinators, to see if insect-flower interactions were higher on organic farms. Specifically, they looked… Read More ›

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Harvard Research Confirms Link between Neonicotinoids and Honeybee Population Decline

May 13, 2014

A new study published in the Bulletin of Insectology by Harvard researchers found further evidence of the link between neonicotinoid use and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. This study was led by Professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu, an advisory board member for The Organic Center… Read More ›

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New research supports bee health

Apr 22, 2014

In California’s Central valley, researchers have launched a project to support bee health. One of their approaches is to identify bee-friendly plants that farmers and ranchers can grow easily on their property. These plants will provide food to bees, aiding their dwindling populations. This isn’t the only good news for bees. The federal government recently… Read More ›

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