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They help provide shelter for pollinators to rest and lay eggs.
Creating a bee-friendly environment is a great way to help our pollinators; you get pretty flowers while helping to sustain the bee populations.
When it comes to nature conservation, a little goes a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy precious natural spaces. This Earth Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada challenges you to partake in at least one small act of conservation.
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Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and they're amazing team players who put the needs of the colony above those of individuals. I stood motionless in the apiary, where thous...
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A small Mississauga-based agri-tech company called Bee Vector Technologies (BVT) has created an environmentally friendly alternative to spraying crops with toxic pesticides. It also provides farmers with meaningful cost savings, especially over the long-term -- savings that can be passed on to consumers.
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Think of Italy and one thinks of food, but not many people think 'mountains.' Yet mountains remain a principle source of the traditional, handcrafted food production Italy is famous for. And nowhere is that more true than with honey production.
Nearly 200 hives were stolen from a field near Victoriaville, Que.
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You may be wondering why this all matters. It is important because wild bees and other pollinators are facing similar declines to honey bees. Threats range from pesticides and herbicides to loss of habitat to disease outbreaks and a dramatically changing climate.
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This week, there has been a flurry of coverage over General Mills' decision to remove Buzz the cartoon bee from boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios -- for a limited time -- while they help find a solution to unstable bee populations. This campaign is uninformed (at best) and (at worst) is blatantly misleading to consumers. Here's what we need to consider before applauding General Mills.
Public attention in Canada has largely focused on domesticated European honeybees, but research indicates the honeybee crisis is part of a wider problem affecting hundreds of lesser-known but crucially important wild bee species.
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Canadian beekeepers are getting help in breeding the ultimate bee - with custom traits including the ability to survive a harsh Canadian winter. The Beenomics Project is headed by Amro Zayed at Toron...
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Apart from the immediate and lethal effects on bees, neonics represent a more subtle threat to a wide range of species. The 2014 Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides, the most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on neonics, pointed to effects on smell and memory, reproduction, feeding behaviour, flight and ability to fight disease.
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Canada's newest "national park" is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada's densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It's a welcoming space for birds and bees that's nurturing a new generation of city-builders. And it may spread to your city.
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TORONTO - Ontario's plan to significantly curb the use of a controversial agricultural pesticide linked to honeybee deaths was lauded Tuesday by environmentalists and beekeepers' groups as a move in t...
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Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new "F" word is bad news for bees.
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Unfortunately, Premier Wynne prefers to talk about the problem rather than take action to solve it. Her response to the crisis: throw some money at beekeepers (certainly welcome given their economic losses) and form a task force on bee health that continues to drag its feet on taking action.
Last week, Canadian beekeepers filed a class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides to Ontario bees. This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm to bees caused by these widely used pesticides.
More than half of Ontario's bees did not survive the winter, according to a new report that has the province's beekeepers' group very concerned. About 58 per cent of Ontario bees died...
Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.
Passengers aboard a Minnesota-bound flight found themselves a little behind schedule after their plane flew into a swarm of bees. Allegiant Flight 448 left Las Vegas on Monday afternoon but was forced...
Tezana Kassa was once afraid of bees. Strange, I thought, for someone whose livelihood is now so wrapped up in a co-operative honey bee apiary he and 25 other youth began just weeks ago here in the parched Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.
Bees are endlessly intriguing, and incredibly useful to us -- and not just for honey and wax. If bees disappeared, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to grow much of what we eat. The economic value of pollination services from honeybees alone is estimated at $14 billion in the U.S. and hundreds of millions in Canada.
For centuries, bees have been a steady part of agriculture. However, in the last decade, due to a rather pesky germ and modern day crop management, this stability has been threatened. What's worse is that the impact could lead to less choice at the grocery store and inevitably higher prices. This past week, scientists definitively found the source of the bee population downturn. Unfortunately, it may be a case of too little, too late.
Golden fields of wheat blowing in the breeze and cows lazily grazing in the lush green pasture are the first things that come to most people's minds when they think of Alberta agriculture, but there's more to the provincial ag industry than grain and cattle. The Wild Rose province is home to many different types of agricultural operations such as beekeeping, sugar beets, pulses, market gardens, elk, bison, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, dairy, eggs and much more.
For a true burst of flavour, pick up a jar of local raw honey gathered from local bee hives. Because bees don't travel very far from the hive, the honey tastes like everything that blooms in the area, rather than a single distinctive note. Raw honey is fresh from the comb. It's not heated excessively and therefore is brimming with nutrients and enzymes. It's these enzymes which make raw honey so digestible to humans. Here are some more benefits of honey.
CAMROSE, Alta. - It was a traffic accident with an added sting. RCMP officers had to close an Alberta highway Thursday morning after a truck carrying honey bees rolled into the ditch. Mounties say the...
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- MONTREAL - What salary would you expect to pay a force of internationally diverse workers who toil harmoniously -- without pension plans, paid overtime or the threat of union act...