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Agricultural Industry and Globalizaton Cause Pollinator Losses - UNEP Report

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Chennai, March 11, 2011: Honey bees and other pollinators are under threat with serious implications for biodiversity and food security, according to the report1 published on March 10, 2011 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) containing the findings and recommendations by a team of researchers including Dr. Neumann, Swiss Bee Research Centre, Dr. Chauzat, French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety, and Dr. Pettis of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

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USA Honey Production in 2010 Up 20 Per cent

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Chennai, February 26, 2011: United States produced 80,000 metric tons of honey during 2010 up 20 per cent from that in 2009. The latest report on honey by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) published on February 25, 2011 states that the country had 2.68 million honey producing colonies that averaged almost 30 kg honey each. Honey prices increased to a record high during 2010 to $3.53/kg up 9 per cent from those in 2009. Retail rates ranged between $5.55/kg for Extra Light Amber honeys to $9.56/kg for Area Specialties.

Australian Apiculture Industry Threatened by Asian Honey Bees!

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Chennai, February 25, 2011: The Asian honey bee, Apis cerana, was first detected in 2003 in the Solomon Islands, northwest of Queensland, Australia.  It has spread rapidly and caused serious losses to beekeeping with European honey bee. An assessment of the situation done by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in 2004 showed that the bee became well established and could not be eradicated, and was causing major losses to the European bee colonies and their honey yields.

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New Group of Pesticides Makes Bees More Vulnerable to Diseases -- Call to Ban them in the UK

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Chennai, January 22, 2011: Two films were made in the last two years on the pesticides and honey bees. These and the BBC documentary program "Who Killed the Honey Bee?" relate to the large-scale bee deaths witnessed in the USA, UK and several other countries. "The Vanishing of the Bees" (watch the Trailer), produced by the Co-operative, UK, was released in cinema theatres in the UK in October 2009. The second, a 54-minute long documentary film, by a scientist and researcher Kevin Hansen - called "Nicotine Bees" (watch the Trailer) was released in February 2010. The latter explains 'the real reasons why bees are in catastrophic decline'; the title of the film leaves no doubt about the 'Why'.

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Chemical Residues in Canadian Honeys

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Chennai, January 18, 2011: Soon after the report of finding by the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, of high levels of antibiotics in well-known brands of honey sold in the Indian market (see articles in Down To Earth, dated September 30, 2010) came the startling report of finding of chemical residues in nearly 40 per cent of Canadian honeys, by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in 2009-2010. The Agency found that only 61 per cent of honey complied with federal chemical-residue requirements -- far short of the agency's compliance target of 95 per cent, according to CFIA's 2009/10 performance report.

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