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Bee Friends–How To Help Save The Honey Bees

By Dawna Matthews It’s difficult to imagine my garden without flitting butterflies and the soft hum of bees. I love to watch them dance amongst the flowers and vegetables, and journey onward then return throughout the day. But bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over the last three years, …

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U.S. Honey Business Facing Pesticide Issues   

By Larraine Roulston: The pesticide glyphosate, developed by Monsanto, is being sprayed on U.S. agricultural lands. This pesticide, recently classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test foods. The FDA aims to establish and validate testing methodology for …

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Saving the Bees

By Larraine Roulston : Frequently I receive petitions to save the bees. The latest from SumOfUs outlines France’s need to uphold the ban of a class of insecticides known as neonics. Scientists are warning us that bees could become extinct. Organizations worldwide endeavor to save these pollinators by blocking companies from spraying pesticides. When we …

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Entering the Secret Life of the Honey Bee 

By Larraine Roulston: This summer I had a great opportunity to shadow my brother-in-law Bob while he tended his backyard bee hives. As a seasoned beekeeper and member of the Capital Region Beekeepers’ Association in Victoria, BC, Bob has 11 hives, each containing rows of hanging combs, all buzzing with activity. Donning …

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Beekeepers Skeptical of New “Flow” Hives

By Kim Robson: With the recent rise in popularity of backyard beekeeping and growing concerns about colony collapse disorder, more and more people are trying their hands at beekeeping. A crowdfunding campaign for a new beehive meant to simplify the honey extraction process is gaining a lot of attention. The …

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Sweet Tips for Honey Bees in Winter

By Dawna Matthews: In the midst of a snowy winter, I am starting to plan my garden for the summer. I envision flowers, fruits and vegetables at the height of the season, with butterflies and bees floating amongst them. Butterflies, bees and other insects are wonderful helpers in any garden, …

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Let It Bee — Time To Protect the Bees

By Centehua: There are many people who think cows, pigs, goats and chickens are the only animals who suffer from industrialized factory farm practices. In fact, probably a majority of people are not aware that bees are also exploited, and subjected to the most unnatural and unethical farming practices. Our …

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Survey Points to Less of Honeybee Loss  

By Fredrica Syren: While attacked by parasites, diseases, pesticides and other environmental issues, nearly one out of four (or 23 percent) American honeybee colonies died this winter according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The surprise is that it’s actually better than previous years when an average …

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