Category: blog

Sep
27

Blogging For Bees

There’s a fresh new idea we’d like to share! We have not always been able to keep up writing and researching new content for our blog section. We’d like to make this a kind of open source blog. Meaning, if you’d like to volunteer your time to write a post about the latest news regarding honeybees or even share a personal story that relates to them then we’d love for you to contact us! Just email us at healthehive@gmail.com and add the word “Blog” in the subject line. Share your idea for the topic you’d like to write about and include as much detail as you can. In an effort to keep things fresh and avoid having multiple posts about the same topic we’ll review your idea and then give you the okay shortly after you have contacted us! We will credit the post with your name and or link to a website or blog of your own. […]

Jan
27

Chemical Giants Killing The Bees

We are sad to report that chemical giants Bayer CropScience and Syngenta have overturned The European Commission’s ban on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. This class of chemicals includes acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, sulfoxaflor, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. These are regarded as safer than the previous insecticides used before the 1990’s but this is only true in mammals. And even still, there are measurable harmful effects on humans. In May of 2013 The European Commission put a 2-year ban on this class of pesticides thought to be causing the collapse of hundreds of millions of bees around the world. Strong scientific evidence has shown that these chemicals make their way into the root systems of the targeted crops and eventually make their way up to the flowers which the bees then ingest while pollinating. These poisonous chemicals have negative effects on the nervous systems of the bees making it hard for them […]

Oct
02

Feeding the Global Community without Pesticides that Harm Pollinators

Originally this blog post was going to ask how America can catch up with our European Partners, who are going to great lengths to save their pollinators. In Britain, officials are making moves to create a “superhighway” of wildflowers and natural undergrowth for bees and other insects. In Sweden scientists at the Lund University have discovered that lactic acid and bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees can help heal bees who are affected by the many issues that make up Colony Collapse Disorder. The European Union has also taken swift steps to enact a controversial two year ban on the neonicotinoid class of pesticides. While many are hailing this as a major leap for bee-kind, the legislation has harsh critics who claim that Europe’s agriculture will suffer massive losses without their strongest pesticides and may turn to even harsher chemicals to protect their crops. Should we be falling for […]

Sep
18

Bee City USA Plants its Roots in Asheville, NC

The mission to heal the hive and protect the pollinators is a poignant reflection of thinking globally and acting locally. While the importance of pollination is felt worldwide, the needs of pollinators and their host plants varies as much as the global communities who steward them. A small group of warm hearted people from the Buncombe County Chapter of the NC State Beekeepers Association in Asheville, North Carolina decided to take their activism away from the big playing fields of international politics and biotech companies and down to the communities where the impact is most felt. The group formed a grassroots community project with the Center for Honeybee Research called Bee City USA. This exciting program uses a thorough application and certification process to create a network of cities that are certified friendly to honeybees and other pollinators. Asheville City Council voted to become the inaugural Bee City USA on June 26, 2012. As of summer […]

Sep
01

Is a New Label Just a Band-Aid for the Bee Problem?

America’s bee activists can finally pat themselves on the back for a battle won with the EPA and our country’s agricultural giants- even if it wasn’t quite a game changer. Thanks to a worldwide spotlight on the usage of neonicotinoids, the classification of pesticides increasingly associated with the decline of bees, the EPA has taken action to bring America’s agricultural practices into closer alignment with the European Union. This has included a ban on some neonicotinoids and the continued sale of others with a label whose efficacy is questioned by many in the beekeeping community. The EPA’s official press release explained the new labels and the agency’s perspective on the producers of these controversial pesticides, saying: The new labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. Today’s announcement affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. The EPA […]

Aug
15

Neonicotinoids Guilty in More than One Case

Neonicotinoids, a widely used class of pesticides has gained notoriety in recent years for their role in the disappearance of the world’s bees. Their neurotoxic nature contaminates a treated seed for its entire lifespan, making it affordable and appealing to the world’s large-scale food producers. The exponential toxicity of Neonicotinoids has contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder, causing the death of around 30% of bees in the United States and Canada last winter. Previous years have yielded similarly high rates of bee disappearance and death.  The writing is on the wall, if we keep abusing the world’s bees, we won’t have enough pollinators to feed the world’s people. With honey bees as the poster species for holistic agricultural practices, it is easy for the media to pass over the story of animals whose lives are seemingly less connected to our own. In Spring of 2013, the American Bird Conservancy released a report detailing the effects of Neonicotinoids on America’s […]

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