Not Just Bees: Toxic Pesticide Kills Birds Too

It’s not just the bees! ‘Neonic’ pesticides linked to bird declines Helen Thompson 17th July 2014 A study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines, writes Helen Thompson. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there’s ‘no…

For Whom the Bee Tolls?

It is ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring We know neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides, have been implicated in the mass die-off of honeybees. But did you know who makes neonics? Syngenta, Bayer CropSciences and Dow Agrosciences. Neonicotinoids linked…

What the Buzz?

What is Monsanto Doing to Our Bees? by Maryam Heinein There was quite a stir among beekeepers and anti-GMO activists during the fall of 2012 when chemical and seed giant Monsanto purchased Beeologics, a small company best known for its “groundbreaking research” applying RNAi technology to honeybees, a process that blocks gene expression. This was…