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October 19, 2016


bees on flowers

Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Easier Said Than Done

In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on pesticides called "neonics," with mixed results.

September 15, 2016



Monsanto Accepts $66 Billion Bayer Offer

Together, Bayer and Monsanto will create the largest crop supply company in the world.

September 13, 2016


bee on a flower

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonics, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees.

September 6, 2016


machines spraying pesticides

How GMOs Cut Pesticide Use, And Perhaps Boosted It Again

Genetically modified crops replaced insecticides, and, at first, some herbicides. But herbicide use has rebounded.

September 6, 2016


Gary Wenig in his high tunnel

Farmers Look To Chickens And Bugs As Natural Pesticides

Researchers are looking at ways to combat pests by introducing predatory bugs, but there is danger in introducing a new species to an ecosystem.

August 15, 2016



The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.

August 8, 2016


insects in a hand

Watch: The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado’s Insectary began in response to a peach pest called oriental fruit moth that devastated the local crop in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

May 19, 2016


bees on honeycomb

Buzzkill: Surveys Say Bee Colonies Continue To Decline

According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service survey, varroa mites were the top colony stressor for beekeeping operations with five or more colonies.

April 13, 2016


bee on a dandelion

Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products.

March 8, 2016


A farmer sprays pesticides on a field from a tractor

EU Mulls New License For Weed Killer

The European Union is drawing battle lines over whether to renew a license for glyphosate, an herbicide the World Health Organization says is linked to cancer.

March 3, 2016


A sign is posted outside a Monsanto facility

House Bill Could Shield Monsanto From PCB Lawsuits

A chemical safety bill that the US House passed last year includes a provision that could help Monsanto get lawsuits dismissed.

February 25, 2016


A man sprays pesticides on crops.

Report: Pesticide Mixtures Threaten Human Health

A new UCLA report shows that combinations of commonly used pesticides can create toxic cocktails that increase health risks.

February 15, 2016



In Argentina, A Locust Plague For The Ages

As a major agricultural player, Argentina is a place whose rural problems raise eyebrows in U.S. farm country.

February 9, 2016



New Research Shows People Help Move Deadly Bee Virus

Researchers explain that moving bee hives across long distances, as is common in the U.S. to pollinate crops, speeds up the process of disease spread.

September 25, 2015


A female Oriental fruit fly lays eggs in the skin of a papaya

Fruit Fly Threatens Florida Crops

An alien pest was found in Florida last month in Miami-Dade County, where an infestation could devastate its $1.6 billion agriculture industry.

September 23, 2015



What’s Organic? In Marijuana Industry, It’s A Hard Question

There’s no such thing as a government-sanctioned certification for organic marijuana in large part, because growing or using marijuana is still a federal crime.

August 26, 2015


farmers gathered under a tent

Organic Farmers On The Social Stigma Of ‘Dirty’ Fields

A study found that farmers who go organic are often subject to a “weedy field bad farmer” mentality in their communities.

August 5, 2015


Monsanto research campus

Monsanto Sets Off A Corporate ‘Feeding Frenzy’

In the past few years, Monsanto has purchased weather analysis companies and big data firms. The company now wants to buy the Swiss chemical company, Syngenta.

August 1, 2015


pesto on a spoon

Two Pesto Recipes, Pesticide Drift, Gardening As We Age

Green thumbs modify their gardens to suit their aging bodies. Two pesto recipes use carrot tops and mint. And, unwelcome pesticides on organic farms.

June 11, 2015


candace minster in the garden

Back To Organic, Berry Bread Pudding, The Hub’s Tool Share

White Violet Center hopes organic certification will differentiate them from other growers. Strawberry bread pudding with Jackie Howard. Pesticides and pot.

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