Tagged: pesticides

Common pesticides can harm bees, but the jury is still out on a global ban - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 01, 2017

By Phil Lester, Victoria University of Wellington Some of the world’s most widely used pesticides can be harmful to bees, according to the first large-scale studies aimed at measuring the impact of compounds called neonicotinoids on bees’ health. But the effects vary widely between different compounds and different countries, suggesting that more regional research will be needed … Read More

More evidence on the effects of neonicotinoids on honey bees…maybe? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 30, 2017

Dr David Pattemore, Plant & Food Research Two papers were published today in the prestigious journal Science reporting negative effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees in realistic field trials. Neonicotinoids are arguably public enemy number one for bees in the mind of the public, but the actual science behind the headline-grabbing stories is far from conclusive … Read More

Lethal doses and Bees - Southern Genes

Peter Dearden Jul 30, 2013

Peter K. Dearden More bad news for bees this week. Honeybees around the world are struggling in the face of disease and insecticide threats. In New Zealand we have Varroa mite, that increases costs for beekeepers, destroys unmanaged beehives and vectors viruses, making them more virulent. Overseas, Colony Collapse Disorder and pesticide-threats are adding to the woes Varroa brings, meaning … Read More

Are organic foods healthier? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Sep 07, 2012

A new systematic review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week suggests not. The authors of this latest research reviewed 17 human studies and 223 studies of nutrient and contaminant levels. They conclude that the published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods; although consumption of organic foods may … Read More