State official gives go-ahead to Blount beekeepers to extract honey


All Blount County beekeepers can extract honey from their hives, Mike Studer, state apiarist, said on Saturday morning. But beekeepers should continue to monitor their hives to see if they notice any significant bee kills that might occur over the next couple of weeks. Studer asked on Friday that honey extraction be suspended from manyContinue reading “State official gives go-ahead to Blount beekeepers to extract honey”

EPA pushes decision on neonicotinoids to 2016, maybe 2017


Well, you can’t accuse the Environmental Protection Agency of making a snap decision. The EPA announced that a recommendation on the use of neonics won’t come until at least 2016 — and maybe 2017. That’s the good news, I suppose. The earlier project was 2018. Jim Jones, the agency’s head of its chemical safety andContinue reading “EPA pushes decision on neonicotinoids to 2016, maybe 2017”

EarthJustice.org claims victory in gaining EPA coal ash regulations


EarthJustice.org, one of the nation’s largest environmental protection law firms, is claiming victory in its fight to regulate coal ash dumping. Here’s part of a recent announcement: For nearly 6 years, we have pressured the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the White House and our elected officials to protect thousands of communities and millions of AmericansContinue reading “EarthJustice.org claims victory in gaining EPA coal ash regulations”

Beekeepers in Canada file suit against Bayer, Syngenta


Canadian beekeepers have filed suit again the large chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta, charging them with “negligence” in distributing pesticides that have caused widespread deaths of honeybees and subsequently decreased honey production. The major pesticide in question, of course, is neonicotinoids, better known as neonics. Here’s more on the suit from the Toronto Globe andContinue reading “Beekeepers in Canada file suit against Bayer, Syngenta”

EarthJustice.org: Going to court on behalf of the bees


A big part of the battle to save bees and improve the environment for all of us is taking place, not in the fields and around the hives, but in the nation’s courtrooms. One of those battles is being fought by an outfit named EarthJustice.org. EarthJustice.org describes itself as . . . the nation’s premiereContinue reading “EarthJustice.org: Going to court on behalf of the bees”

Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills


The Pollinator Stewardship Council has sent along (via Kim Flottum) this appeal for beekeepers who have experienced bee kills to report them: Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled  89,000 colonies in fiveContinue reading “Pollinators Stewardship Council issues appeal to report bee kills”