As it is pesticide-free, Cuba's bee industry could be protected from problems hitting other honey producers
Via Pádraig Floyd
Eben Lenderking's insight:
una de las consequenzas buenas de viivir en una isla sin industrializacion es que la natura sigue viviendo fuertemente. Los Cubanos tambien tienen meliponas, mucha mariposa--se seguimos como estamos hacienda, vamos a perder nuestro patrimonio, una biodiversidad casi sin ugual.
Why Cover Crops? In addition to their ability to suppress weeds, cover crops provide a variety of additional benefits to production including adding organic matter to the soil, supporting microbial populations, and nutrient cycling, to name just a few.
Cover crops are excellent at scavenging nutrients in the soil that might not have been utilized by your cash crop, thereby helping to prevent those nutrients from leaching out of the system. However, Gaskin explains that one of the most important things cover crops do is prevent erosion.
“Most of the fertility is in our topsoil, and with organic production, one of the drawbacks is that we need to use cultivation for weed management,” she says. “Destroying organic matter in the soil and leaving the soil bare can make it vulnerable to erosion, so cover cropping is a way for us to try to keep something growing on there for as much of the year as possible.”
Ces vingt dernières années, les populations d’abeilles ont subi des pertes spectaculaires, jamais observées auparavant. L’agriculture intensive et l’utilisation massive de pesticides figurent au premier rang des coupables présumés. Mais certaines pratiques des apiculteurs seraient également en cause.
Enquête. Par Laure Cailloce. CNRS Le journal, 28.09.2016
[Image] Ruches suivies par le Centre d’études biologiques de Chizé. L’agriculture intensive (usage de pesticides, élimination des haies et des fleurs des champs...) a des effets délétères sur les populations d’abeilles.
A new study led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist reinforces the link between neonicotinoid pesticides and declining honeybee colonies. The researchers experimentally fed queen bees with a syrup laced with imidacloprid, finding that queens laid significantly fewer eggs than queens in unexposed colonies.
“The queens are of particular importance because they’re the only reproductive individual laying eggs in the colony,” said lead author Judy Wu-Smart, assistant professor of entomology. “One queen can lay up to 1,000 eggs a day. If her ability to lay eggs is reduced, that is a subtle effect that isn’t (immediately) noticeable but translates to really dramatic consequences for the colony.”
On Indonesia's eastern islands, the last wild forests are being clear-cut and replaced with oil palm plantations. Although the product is practically indispensible, green groups say virgin land needn't be cleared for it.
By Maggie McCrackenKale, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower may all look different, but they're actually remarkably similar. These five veggies are all part of the Cruciferae family. We laymen commonly refer to them as cruciferous vegetables. In addition to being closely related
Dix-sept villes, allant de Paris à Dijon en passant par des petites communes, ont reçu jeudi le label « APICité » délivré par des apiculteurs professionnels pour récompenser des actions favorables aux abeilles et sensibiliser à leur rôle primordial dans l'agriculture.
Pour ceux à qui les études ne suffisent pas, quiconque a regardé la dernière saison de la série futuriste et dystopique « Black Mirror » comprendra tout l’intérêt de préserver nos abeilles. Dans un monde où celles-ci subissent de plein fouet les effets d’une agriculture intensive et du changement climatique, mettre en place des mesures vouées à leur conservation devient un enjeu vital. Afin de mieux cerner les effets de l’activité humaine sur leur population, deux doctorants espèrent aujourd’hui bénéficier d’un mini coup de pouce.
"Forced to choose between limiting population or trying to increase food production, we chose the latter and ended up with starvation, warfare, and tyranny. Hunter-gatherers practiced the most successful and longest-lasting life style in human history. In contrast, we're still struggling with the mess into which agriculture has tumbled us, and it's unclear whether we can solve it."
MIAMI (CNN) — Beekeeper Juanita Stanley has a message to mosquito control officials who she believes are overreacting to Zika:
“Stop. This is crazy. It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a peanut. The devastation that it has already caused is beyond comprehension. We can’t live without these honeybees.”
Last weekend, Stanley lost more than 3 million bees — all 46 of her hives and her entire livelihood — when Summerville officials decided to aerially spray a small area of the town for Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
A growing number of food activists believe it’s time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming.
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