FUD from the Grain Farmers of Ontario

FUD /fəd/, noun fear, uncertainty and doubt, usually evoked intentionally in order to put a competitor at a disadvantage. The Grain Farmers of Ontario have been very vocal opponents of Ontario’s recently approved and soon to be implemented restrictions on the neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatments. If you listen to their argument, it’s going to mean the end of grain farming …

Report: Bees may get hooked on neonicotinoid pesticides

File this under “I don’t even …” Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found. Adding to evidence of potential harm from the chemicals, another field-scale study published on Wednesday also found that exposure to so-called …

Don’t Go With the Flow, Go With the Wax (A Few Words on Saving the Bees … and Us)

I’ve had a very difficult time with the Flow™ hive. It’s awe-inspiring to see someone take a project that they’ve obviously poured their blood, sweat and tears into and see it not only get funded, but exceed the ask by more than 100x. But, I’ve had this vague uneasiness that’s been incredibly difficult for me to put into words: plastic frames …

Kingston Seedy Saturday is this week

If gardening is your thing (if it not, it should be), this Saturday is the event for you: There will be seed vendors, speakers, activities and all sorts of displays. This will be our fourth year going and it’s grown every year. I spent this evening tinkering a bit with our famous lip balm recipe and I think it’s our …

Chemical Weapon or Bee Poop?

It sounds like two extreme ends of a continuum, but that’s really the debate: In 1981 the Vietnam War was over, for the United States, but it looked to the world like the Cold War was still being fought in Southeast Asia, and it had a nasty new wrinkle. The Soviets were spraying Vietnam and Laos with something that left odd …

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The Beekeeper Stands Between Humans And Extinction

I’d never heard of an online magazine called The Plaid Zebra before today, but it’s looking like an interesting place to spend some time. On December 1st, they published an article and released a 7-minute documentary about the honeybee and a beekeeper in Colorado who very much does things the same way we do: It’s a very thoughtful piece, even …

The Great Hive Design Trial!

Holy moley, it’s live. The Kickstarter page for the Great Hive Design Trial just went live. If you’re interested in helping honeybees or know someone who is, have a look. You never know, you could wind up being part of something really special.