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  • Top News from the Food Front: Pollinators, Recalls, and Ag Drones (O My!)

    Crashing bee populations garner much-needed national focus, icky food gets recalled (boo for salmonella!), and ag-gag enthusiasts brace for battle with a whole new (pro-transparency, anti-foolishness) dragon. What other shenanigans transpired this week, in the food world? Glad you asked! Here’s the scoop. More

  • Top News from the Food Front: New Food Documentary, New Food System Foolishness

    Vermont boldly goes where no state has gone before, and food industry moguls mobilize to resist transparency. The USDA gets something right, surprising local food enthusiasts everywhere; and Katie Couric’s new documentary cheeses off the food industry’s obesity profiteers. Meanwhile industrial ag causes problems for bees, food eaters, and the whole planet actually. What else is new in the world of food? Glad you asked! More

  • Top News From the Food Front: GMO Kerfuffles, Organic Shenanigans, Food Industry Uproars

    GMOs in the news this week disrupt trade with China, while Americans clamor for labeling of genetically modified foods. Does food taste better when it’s organic? What if you only THINK it’s organic? Can you afford to eat food that won’t kill you? Can fast food workers afford to eat food at all? Could you be allergic to meat? Read on for these answers and more, from the week’s top food news! More

  • Pesticide Labels for Protecting Bees

    The EPA has introduced new pesticide labeling rules in order to protect bees and other pollinators. The new labels will prohibit use of some pesticides when bees are present. More

  • Take Action: Tell Bayer to Stop Killing Bees!

    Even if you don’t eat honey, bees are a critical part of your food supply. Pollinators like bees are a critical part of the life cycle for almost 1/3 of our food crops and 90 percent of wild plants. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a mystery for many years, but the more researchers dive into what’s killing off bee populations, the more signs point to one thing: pesticides. More

  • Innovative Project Combines Health, Ethics, Food, and Social Media: Meet HoneyColony!

    Inspired by bees’ collective sharing of knowledge, a new site on the horizon deserves support and enthusiasm from ecovores of every stripe. Vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or ethical omnivore: if you value health, bees, sustainability, and ethical food: the HoneyColony project needs you! HoneyColony is in the early stages of development, but promises to be a great resource for social networking, recipes, advice, product reviews, health information, and ethically sourced food and fair-trade products. More

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    Honey Bees Are Disappearing (Putting $15B In Crops At Risk)

    When I wrote about the recently renovated, fun and sustainable Francis Ford Coppola Winery, I learned about an exciting new trend (wineries with electric car charging stations) and a disturbing natural disaster: Colony Collapse Disorder. CCD is a phenomena that has been written about on EatDrinkBetter before but was news to me. In 2006 beekeepers started noticing that […] More

  • Hank D and the Bee: Bee, the Reluctant Canary

    More on the declining health of bees: Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health (AlterNet) From the article: One class of pesticides, neonicotinoids in particular has received a lot of attention for harming bees. In late 2010, the EPA came under fire […] More

  • Most Honey Sold in US Grocery Stores is Not Honey

    According to a study done by Food Safety News, three-quarters of the honey sold in the US is not proper honey. What this means is that the honey sold is missing pollen. This is a product of ultra-filtering the honey, which is unnecessary, reduces nutrition and is only used to obfuscate the source of the […] More

  • Beekeeping as a Business

    Beekeeping is a hobby that you can easily turn into a side-business no matter where you live. Keeping bees requires a relatively small monetary investment to get started and can turn a profit within a few short years. There are many non-monetary benefits to keeping bees like better garden yields, fresh honey, and a feeling of self-sufficiency. Believe it or not, beekeeping is very relaxing. It requires a focus on the immediate surroundings and a letting go of everything else. More

  • 5 Bee-Friendly Plants for Your Garden

    Insteading is celebrating National Honey Month, and this felt like a great opportunity to talk about bees! I know, bees can be a little bit scary. They can sting, and they sometimes make the hives in just the wrong part of your garden. But bees are having a tough time of it lately, and our food future depends on those little guys! More

  • Why Are the Bees Dying? – Insteading

    No only have the bees been dying in record numbers, but about the same time bees began to die in unusual ways. Beekeepers were going to a hive and find the queen, a few workers, good amounts of brood (baby bees), and plenty of honey – just no adult bees. So where had they gone and what was causing them to leave? More

  • Bees in Hawaii

    Honeybees in Hawaii are being lost at an alarming rate, 55% just this past year alone. Is this another case of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)? No. The bees in Hawaii are being devastated by small hive beetles. The small hive beetles lay eggs in spaces where the bees can’t get them out and then the beetle larvae emerge to […] More

  • Save the Bees: The Importance of Honeybees and What You Can Do

    We rely on pollinators like honey bees for much of our food supply. Honeybees alone pollinate around 30% of the food we eat. You hear a lot about the growing world population and food shortages on the horizon. While things might look dire, they will be much, much worse if we don’t act now to save the bees. More

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