Plots available at community beekeeping space in Wisconsin

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(WEAU 12 News) The Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association teamed up with Xcel Energy to provide a community apiary. The beekeeping space will be set up on 32 acres that is being developing into wildflower habitat next to an Xcel Energy substation. Members of the club say this new land will provide people access to the proper resources needed to run a bee hive.

‘Like sending bees to war’: the deadly truth behind your almond-milk obsession

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(The Guardian) Commercial honey bees are considered livestock by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But no other class of livestock comes close to the scorched-earth circumstances that these bees face in the toxic chemical soup of California’s Central Valley, fertilizing almonds one blossom at a time. “The high mortality rate creates a sad business model for beekeepers. It’s like sending the bees to war. Many don’t come back.”

Bee venom new buzzword with Indian farmers

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The venom from honey bees reportedly has both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, and is widely used in anti-ageing creams and the treatment of severe arthritis. The venom is so expensive that one gram would cost between Rs 5,000 and 15,000 ($70 and $210). Each bee contains only a few milliliters of venom; 18 to 20 colonies of bees are needed to extract one gram of venom.

Central Idaho bees dying in droves

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(Idaho Statesman) There are some eerie signs of unusual deaths in these bees. For instance, many of the dead insects are inexplicably headless. Many of the lifeless bodies’ tongues are sticking out, which could mean the bees starved to death. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is looking into the deaths, but the department is reportedly only looking into possible diseases not chemical causes.

Bees in Amazon ‘are greatest ally to halt rainforest destruction’

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(The Guardian) “Bees are everything to me. They help me to protect the forest. They help the trees to stand tall, to produce fruit and to be strong.” The hives of stingless Amazonian bees are not just a hub of pollination, they are also the most economically viable alternative to the environmentally destructive traditions of slash-and-burn agriculture and cattle ranching.

Researchers investigate the economic impact of colony collapse disorder

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(Montana State University) Researchers set out to identify the economic ripple effects of colony collapse disorder by examining trends in four categories: number of commercial honeybee colonies nationwide, honey production, prices of queens and packaged bees and pollination fees charged by commercial beekeepers to growers. The team found some surprising results.