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ARTICLE: Insecticide Unacceptable Danger

ARTICLE: Insecticide ‘unacceptable’ danger to bees, report finds

“Campaigners say the conclusion by the European Food Safety Authority is a ‘death knell’ for neonicotinoid pesticides

The world’s most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an “unacceptable” danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe’s leading food safety authority, sounds the “death knell” for the insect nerve agent…

Bees and other pollinators are critical to one-third of all food, but two major studies in March 2012, and others since, have implicated neonicotinoid pesticides in the decline in the insects, alongside habitat loss and disease. In April, the European commission demanded a re-examination of the risks posed by the chemicals, including Bayer’s widely used imidacloprid and two others…

“This is a major turning point in the battle to save our bees,” said Friends of the Earth’s Andrew Pendleton: ‘EFSA have sounded the death knell for one of the chemicals most frequently linked to bee decline and cast serious doubt over the safety of the whole neonicotinoid family. Ministers must wake up to the fact that these chemicals come with an enormous sting in the tail by immediately suspending the use of these pesticides.’”

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COMIC: I just wanted to dance

COMIC: “I… just wanted… to dance”

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Sweet Honey Display

Sweet Honey Display via The Irish Beekeeper

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Dalai Lama + Bees

The Medicine of Altruism - words by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“When I consider the lack of cooperation in human society, I can only conclude that it stems from ignorance of our interdependent nature. I am often moved by the example of small insects, such as bees. The laws of nature dictate that bees work together in order to survive. As a result, they possess an instinctive sense of social responsibility. They have no constitution, laws, police, religion or moral training, but because of their nature they labour faithfully together. Occasionally they may fight, but in general the whole colony survives on the basis of cooperation. Human beings, on the other hand, have constitutions, vast legal systems and police forces; we have religion, remarkable intelligence and a heart with great capacity to love. But despite our many extraordinary qualities, in actual practice we lag behind those small insects; in some ways, I feel we are poorer than the bees…

To me, it is clear: a genuine sense of responsibility can result only if we develop compassion. Only a spontaneous feeling of empathy for others can really motivate us to act on their behalf.” 

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Click here to read the full quote on dalailama.com
photo credit: BodhiFest
via Ethnobeeology

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WATCH: Andrew Cote

WATCH: “Andrew Cote, Beekeeper” via The Next List 

“Urban Beekeeping is like crack. It’s an obsession and there’s no turning back.” -Andrew Cote

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WATCH: Fortnaums Honey Harvest

WATCH: Fortnum’s Honey Harvest London Rooftop Bees

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How are dying bees affecting our lives

How Are Dying Bees Affecting Our Lives? via nationalgeographic.com

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“Bee” 
3d animated short by Vladimir Loginov

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HoneyLove.org featured in 2013 HONEY BEE Calendar 
created by award-winning photo-journalist / beekeeper Kodua Galieti. 

We are the month of AUGUST Which you all know is an awesome month ? 
August 17th, 2013 = NATIONAL HONEY BEE AWARENESS DAY!!

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ARTICLE — TRAVERSE CITY, MI:
Residents buzzing over urban beekeeping approval

“Traverse City officials approved a proposal to allow urban beekeeping within the city on Monday night.

Commissioners voted to amend zoning rules which will allow city residents to have up to two honey bee colonies or hives per property. The idea was initially brought up in may by a group of interested community members.

Since then, the commission says they have done a lot of research on the practice. Community members at Monday night’s meeting were very supportive of the idea and are happy with the outcome.”

[via upnorthlive.com]

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