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Agriculture Report

Pesticide Hurting Bee Population

By Fadi Didi

Thiamethoxam reduces the chances of bumblebee queens starting new colonies.


A new study suggests a widely used pesticide is placing bumblebee populations at an increased risk of extinction.

The report says thiamethoxam reduces the chances of bumblebee queens starting new colonies.

Researcher Nigel Raine at the University of Guelph says queens that were exposed to the pesticide were 26 per cent less likely to lay eggs.

The results have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

About a third of the crops eaten by people depend on insect pollination, with bees responsible for about 80 per cent of that.


A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited.

Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the roast contains a substance similar to one in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

Bestherbs, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, sold the coffee nationwide from July 2014 through June 2016 on various websites and in some retail stores.

Some customers were buying it to help in the bedroom, but F-D-A spokeswoman Lyndsay Meyer said it is not clear if the product works like Viagra.


The president of the Flax Council of Canada has decided to retire.

Donald Kerr will be retiring from day to day activities at the Flax Council, however he will do some contract work for the council regarding long-term planning for the flax industry.

Chairman Brian Johnson says Kerr was active in building a stronger production research program, creating a flax agronomy program with the first dedicated agronomist, and actively promoted open international trade of flax and flax products.

The Flax Council is a national trade association that promotes flax for food, feed and industrial uses in domestic and international markets from its office in Winnipeg.


A federal appeals court has retained federal protection for grey wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

The court ruled the U-S government made crucial errors when it dropped them from the endangered species list five years ago.

The court upheld a district judge who overruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had determined that wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin had recovered after being shot, trapped and poisoned nearly out of existence in the previous century.

They've bounced back and now total about 38-hundred.


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