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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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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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

Rain Gardens on the North Shore

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