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Honey Bees

Wild Bees Disappearing? Another Month, Another Bungled Bee Study

Jon Entine | Posted 01.05.2016 | Science
Jon Entine

Now that the world entomological community is in general agreement that the United States and global honeybee population is not, and has never been, threatened with extinction by pesticides, the focus of advocacy concern has suddenly shifted to wild bees.

Here's Why Scientists Are Giving Honeybees Tiny 'Backpacks'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science

These tiny "backpacks" aren't your typical fashion accessory.  An international research team, leading the Global Initiative for Honeyb...

Meatless Monday: To Bee or Not to Bee -- CCD and Vegan Honey

Ellen Kanner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

It's only within the past 15 years there have been serious signs of trouble. Bees have been dying off or abandoning their hives -- their homes -- in number. We don't yet have an answer, we just have a name for it -- Colony Collapse Disorder.

A Bold Plan for Saving Pollinators

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Clearly, more is needed to restore pollinators to health. According to the speakers, a key piece of the puzzle is bringing back nutritious forage wherever possible. Let's start with better integrating forage opportunities along highways.

Truck Of BEES Overturns On Washington State Highway

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 04.17.2015 | Weird News

And now, BEEEEEEEEES! A semi-truck loaded with honey bees overturned in Washington state before dawn Friday, unleashing millions of live bees acros...

Bee Attack Sends 3 To The Hospital

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green

Four people were attacked by a swarm of between 20,000 and 30,000 bees in New Port Richey, Florida, on Sunday, according to reports. Three of the vict...

Amid Honey Bee Decline, EPA Nixes Expanded Use Of Some Insecticides

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it was unlikely to approve new or expanded uses of certain pesticides whil...

How the Honey Bee Health Coalition Is Helping the Honey Bee Crisis

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Dorit Sasson

Perhaps this roadmap can be viewed as our own personal outline for what all of us as a society can do to improve honey bee health but only when we know how the major players of the bee food chain interact and the knowledge we already know or have access to.

Artist's Honey Bee Project Comes With A Dire Environmental Warning

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts

After Ladislav Hanka finishes his contemplative etchings of flora and fauna, they then take on a life of their own -- with the help of thousands and t...

How We Harvest Honey: From Hive to Bottle

Eliza De La Portilla | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Eliza De La Portilla

The question has come up, on more than one occasion, "How do you harvest honey?". Some people want to know more details on how we do it while others have just never had access to the information.

'Killer' Bees May Do More Saving Than Killing!

Chevy Humphrey | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Chevy Humphrey

How has the introduction of this species shaped our relationship with bees, our perceptions of the honey bee, and our ecology? What might future bee populations look like, and how might that affect agriculture? But why, really, are we so afraid of them?

Get A Bee-autiful View Of Honeybees In Slow Motion (Without Getting Stung)

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green

A honeybee's wings stroke at more than 200 beats per second while in flight, making it difficult for humans to fully grasp the majesty of these hardwo...

This Is How Bees Make Honey

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 08.08.2014 | Taste

How does that delicious sweetness come to be(e)?

The Latest Buzz: The Decline of Bees is Harming Global Agriculture

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Dorit Sasson

Bees might be those uninvited guests that harass your picnic or evening stroll, but as pollinators, the bees have an important job to do. Sadly though, they're not getting around to doing it.

Honeybees, Home, and the Holidays

Will Rogers | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

Moving my bees got me to thinking about the idea of "home" and how different the reality of home is for bees and for people. Having my own house loaded onto the back of a truck and dropped off in the middle of the night in some strange zip code wouldn't work for me at all.

Support the 'Save America's Pollinators Act' -- Why We Must Work Together to Save the Bees

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Laura Turner Seydel

Why is the decline of pollinators one of our most critical environmental issues? Pollinators provide a crucial ecosystem service valued annually at $125 billion globally ($15-$20 billion in the U.S) in the pollination of our food crops.

Zombie Bees Are Very Real

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

A parasitic fly is creating what San Francisco State University researchers are calling zombie bees -- and the details of infection are straight out o...

Jack Hildreth: Master Beekeeper

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

The days are cooling off and getting shorter, farmers are bringing in crops, wood is being stacked, and beekeepers are looking inside their hives for evidence of Varroa mites, one of the largest threats to honey bees in the United States.

"Bee-friendly" Plants? Think Again

Paul Towers | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Paul Towers

Here in the U.S., we're still waiting for EPA to step up and take the kind of swift action that is needed to protect bees. But as pressure mounts on the agency, retailers have a chance to get ahead of the curve and begin to phase out neonicotinoids now.

Pollination of Maine's Wild Blueberry Crop

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Early May is a very important time for wild blueberry farmers in Maine. This is when migratory beekeepers move tens of thousands of bee hives into farmers' fields to perform the invaluable service of pollinating their crop just as it is flowering.

America Is One Bad Winter Away From A Food Disaster

Quartz | Todd Woody | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business

Quartz: Forget the plight of the polar bear for a moment and consider the coming collapse of the $30 billion honey bee economy in the US. Since ...

A Win For Europe's Bees?

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green

* Majority of EU states favour ban, but no agreement * Commission says it will impose ban anyway in coming weeks * Pesti...

Wild Pollinators Are Critical to Keeping Our Picnic Baskets Full

Christina Kennedy | Posted 04.18.2013 | Green
Christina Kennedy

Bees may seem like uninvited guests at your picnic -- but before you shoo them away from the fruit salad, think twice, as they play a critical role in making your picnic possible.

Designing a Pollinator-friendly Garden

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Whether your garden is a floral retreat or a source of food, you will need pollinators to ensure long-term productivity.

Erin MacGregor-Forbes: Master Beekeeper

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

From her base in Portland, Maine Forbes is most likely to be found tending to the sustainable beekeeping operation Overland Apiaries, demonstrating how to install a package of honey bees, and enthusiastically sharing information with other beekeepers.