Interesting Articles

Are Hay and Straw sprayed?

Persistent Herbicides in straw and hay are of concern for organic gardeners who may be using straw as mulch or manures from animals that have been fed sprayed hay. Joe Lamp'L discusses this in his show notes and episode 410 of Growing a Greener World.  Here is information regarding the use of persistent herbicides in British Columbia:

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The Buzz on Bees in Canada

The buzz on bees in Canada - From Canadian Gardening - By Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Gardeners across Canada are talking a lot about bees this summer; like everyone else, we’re concerned about hive collapse, honeybee parasites (mites and fungi), pesti­cides in general and neonicotinoids (NNIs) in particular.... For the rest of the article click on the link here.

Can You Pick the Bees Out- New York Times September 2017

Interactive article from the New York Times on identyfying bees followed by more informative articles at the end of this page.

Don’t judge species on their origin

Article about the native-vs-alien  species dichotomy

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The Doomsday vault that’s supposed to store every known crop on the planet is in danger

Interesting article about the Doomsday Vault in Norway that stores seeds from all over the world and how it is threatened by climate change.

Insecticide toxic to bees promoted to kill Vancouver chafer beetles (CBC News website)

A chemical insecticide that's being widely promoted to Vancouver homeowners who have had their lawns destroyed by chafer beetles is "highly toxic to bees" and should not be used, warns an SFU biologist.

The insecticide Merit, manufactured by Bayer, contains the active ingredient imidacloprid — one of the controversial neonicotinoid pesticides that face increasing restrictions worldwide because of the risk they pose to bees.

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Rain Gardens

Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms Takes On Poverty With Urban Agriculture

Michael Ableman has achieved something many thought impossible: creating thriving urban farms on pavement and contaminated soil in one of Canada's poorest ... read more

Want to Save the Bees – Here’s What You Need to Know – from Popular Science September 2017