(KVUE) An environmental group is pushing Texas lawmakers to better protect bees. Environment Texas wants a statewide ban on a bee-killing pesticide. The group delivered more than 12,000 petitions to the state legislature Thursday. It is asking lawmakers to ban pesticides known as neonicotinoids.
(Tufts University) Bee keepers have long relied on several antibiotics that are common in human medicine to treat hives for diseases. Such bee antibiotics were once sold over the counter, but now are available only once a veterinarian has conducted an exam to ensure they’re truly needed. The problem is that “there are not enough veterinarians who know about bees out there to help them.”
(Euronews) Introducing @bee_nfluencer, an insect on a mission to highlight declining bee numbers. This bee-hind flaunting CGI honey-bee has already got 103,000 followers on Instagram.
(Post-Star) “We need this data to keep New York an agricultural juggernaut,” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said in a release. “To enact a new policy that discounts bees and their impact on New York is bad environmental, economic and agricultural policy. We are here today to say: reverse the decision…”
(CBS 17) The grassroots group Environment North Carolina delivered a petition with 13,452 signatures to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, calling for a consumer ban on the sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides. House Bill 559, also known as the Pollinator Protection Act, stalled in committee this spring.
(AdAge) To draw attention to the plight of the pollinators, Papa John’s U.K. has made what it calls the world’s first pizza for bees. The “Beezza” is just one inch across and topped with honey, wildflowers, local pollen, rosemary and thyme. When U.K. customers order the pie online between now and September, they can donate the change to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
(University of Exeter) “To our surprise, our results show it’s very unlikely that crowding of honey bees meaningfully aids the spread of diseases that significantly harm honey bees.” However, the research only applies to existing honey bee diseases – and the findings suggest intensive beekeeping could accelerate the spread of new diseases.
(FoodNavigator) A Belgian start-up is analyzing pollen samples to monitor bees’ environments, a Quebecois innovation is tapping AI tech to “give bees a voice”, and dairy farmers in the UK and Sweden are creating insect-friendly ecosystems to promote biodiversity.