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White House Launches Task Force to Help Pollinators Recover

The Obama administration released a presidential memorandum last week establishing a federal strategy for reversing the declining populations of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Over the past decade, populations of bees and other pollinators have drastically fallen, threatening the stability of a large proportion of crops worldwide which rely on such insects to pollinate them…. Continue Reading

National Pollinators Week: Checking in on Colony Collapse Disorder

The week of July 16 is being celebrated as National Pollinators Week in an effort to bring more awareness to the integral role that pollinators such as bees, birds, and the other flying creatures play in the life cycles of an estimated 75 percent of the world’s crop varieties and 35 percent of total crop… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview with Jason Tetro, Microbiologist, Author and ‘The Germ Guy’

Food Safety News spoke with microbiologist and author Jason Tetro, also known as “The Germ Guy,” at last week’s 2013 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Tetro blogs about germs and microbiology for the Huffington Post, and his book, “The Germ Code,” will be out November 5. The conversation touched on interacting… Continue Reading

Top European Food Safety Agency Names Suspects for Bee Colony Collapse

Europe’s top food safety agency may be closer to nailing three old suspects for a mystery that goes back almost a decade: what’s been killing off honeybees? But there is still work to do. For now, the European Food Safety Authority (EFDA) has concluded that three neonicotinoid class insecticides pose unacceptable hazards to bees. The… Continue Reading

Bees May Be Bellwether of Food Supply Challenges

Empty honey bee hives that set the media abuzz in 2006 were attributed to everything from cell phones to pesticides, but researchers now say many things interacting with each other are contributing to the decline. “It’s not a single mystery thing that’s causing problems,” said Marion Ellis, professor of  entomology at the University of Nebraska…. Continue Reading