Four year study on bee killing pesticides released: bad news doesn’t stop at bees

Four year study warns neonicotinoid pesticides are killing bees

Scientists released today the results of a four year worldwide integrated assessment of the effect of systemic pesticides, primarily the neonicotinoids but also fipronil (Twitter: #WIAlaunch). These pesticides, called 'neonics' for short, entered wide use in the 1990's when they were hailed as a new generation of chemicals with very low toxicity to vertebrates. (more…)

How to wash the pesticide from produce

WASHINGOrganically farmed produce is better than conventionally farmed produce. This statement has been backed variously by scientific studies and empirical evidence to that effect. However, organically farmed crops are not everybody’s cup of tea for all sorts of reasons, including that the wallet factor is high.The least we can do then, to help ourselves is thoroughly wash our fruit and vegetables, thereby making them cleaner and safer to consume. Some old fashioned cleaning materials either combined or used by themselves are known to reduce the impact of eating sprayed produce. (more…)

How you can help prevent another mass bumble bee die-off

savebeesLast week we wrote about the terrible news of the largest mass bumble bee killing, which happened in an Oregon parking lot. The cause was determined to be the spraying of Safari, a pesticide, on 55 trees around a Target parking lot. The pesticide was used for cosmetic reason, and possibly -- though this is still under investigation -- against the label guidelines for use. Over 50,000 bumble bees, along with many bees, ladybugs and other insects, were found dead and dying. While we can't magic them back to life, there are things we can do to help pollinators and move a few steps closer to not allowing this to happen again. (more…)