On the Radio: EPA Releases New Pesticide Labels


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This week’s segments of On the Radio covers the new warning labels that the Environmental Protection Agency has created to help protect bees. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

 

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Iowa beekeepers join petition against EPA


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Beekeepers around the nation, including in Iowa, are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to stop using the pesticide clothianidin.

The beekeepers believe this chemical, and other similar chemicals, are killing honeybees.

Read an article from the Des Moines Register about one Iowa couple’s choice to join the petition here.

Read an interview from University of Iowa professor Steve Hendrix on the declining bee population here.

On the Radio: Declining bee population hurts Iowa and nation


Honeybees play an important role in the pollination of crops.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon that threatens Iowa’s bee population. Continue reading

Iowa takes notice of bee problem


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The plight of the bees continues to receive attention in Iowa. In late August, Steve Hendrix, a University of Iowa professor, spoke with Iowa Environmental Focus about his attempts to determine if wild solitary bees are experiencing a similar population decline to honey bees. The Gazette also addressed the bee issue today, detailing the particular declines seen by Iowa bee owners:

“We never had a problem like this when I started in the 1990s,” owner Matt Stewart said of the phenomenon, first identified in the United States’ bee population in 2006. “Ones with the disease, they’re leaving. They’re going off to die somewhere.”

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Colony collapse takes an annual toll. Like many other Iowa beekeepers, Stewart has been losing up to 70 percent of his bees each year. Before the disorder, about 20 percent might die over winter.

As described by Stewart, Colony Collapse Disorder decimates bee populations. The condition is characterized by bees suddenly disappearing from their hive while leaving behind all of their foodstuffs. It is still not clear what causes the disorder.