Previous Pesticides & Chemicals News 2016

Shocking Number of Top Retailers Sell Food Produced With Pesticides Toxic to Bees 10-25-16

Four of the top food retailers—Albertsons, Costco, Target and Whole Foods—have adopted a publicly available company commitment to increase offerings of certified organic food or to disclose data on the current percentage of organic offerings or organic sales. Read more on EcoWatch

FDA Finds Glyphosate in Honey 9-15-15

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of U.S. honey, according to documents obtained by the consumer advocacy group U.S. Right to Know through a Freedom of Information Act request. Some samples showed residue levels double the legally allowed limit in the European Union. Read more on EcoWatch

‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes 9-1-16

On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.

Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. Read more on The Washington Post

Bee-harming pesticides are declining at plant nurseries, report shows 8-17-16

Retailers appear to be selling fewer ornamental plants laced with pesticides linked to bee population declines, according to a new report. Read more on Los Angeles Times

Demanding Ban on Deadly Pesticides, Advocates Drop Millions of Dead Bees on EPA Doorstep 6-22-16

‘What’s happening today to pollinators is no different than what happened 50 years ago with the  collapse of the bald eagle due to the use of DDT’

“If we stop keeping bees, who’s going to pollinate your fruits and vegetables? This can’t go on.”

—Roger Williams, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association. Read more on Commondreams