Philips unveils sleek ultra-modern beehive
The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside. The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on. Smoke can be released into the hive to calm the bees before it is opened, in keeping with established practice. View the design and read more about this new hive.
Last Updated (Friday, 26 August 2016 16:06)
High-Stakes False Advertising Hearing to be Held in U.S.
District Court in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The first step in a high-stakes battle with important ramifications for nutrition-minded American consumers takes place on September 13, 2011, in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. A coalition of sugar farmers' cooperatives and other producers, including C&H Sugar Company, have accused the producers of High Fructose Corn Syrup of what amounts to food identity theft. Among the several defendants are the giant company Archer-Daniels-Midland, Cargill and the Corn Refiners Association.
The sugar farmers allege that the defendants have spent $50 million in a mass media rebranding campaign that misleads the consuming public by asserting that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is natural and is indistinguishable from the sugar extracted from sugar cane and sugar beets. They are also asking the Food & Drug Administration to allow HFCS to be called "corn sugar" on food and beverage ingredient labels, even though "corn sugar" has for many decades been the commonly used name of a distinct corn starch product.
“…far from being natural, HFCS is an industrially manufactured chemical made by two molecular level transformations requiring advanced technology.”
Last Updated (Monday, 24 October 2011 11:14)
Now it's Crazy Hairy Ants
Oleson said, "The way people describe it is they wish they had the fire ants back. They can get aboard cargo containers and hay bales."
Not only do the crazy hairy ants kill fire ants, they've been known to gobble up entire bee hives and they can heavily damage homes.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 13 December 2011 17:47)
800 or more Colonies in Florida Murdered
It’s not colony collapse disorder hitting Florida,it’s colony destruction. Two beekeepers are reporting mass deaths at their apiaries with mounds of dead bees spilling out of the hives.
The Florida Today newspaper quotes beekeeper Charles Smith as saying all the bees in his 400 hives are dead at a cost he estimates of $150, “This is a total wipeout,” Smith says. “This is all no good. It’s been sprayed.” Brevard County officials say they don’t believe recent mosquito control spraying in the area killed the bees.
Entomologist Bill Kern of the University of Florida’s Research and Education Center in Fort Lauderdale says the death toll is so widespread and so rapid disease can pretty much be ruled out. “It happened essentially almost in one day, he tells the newspaper. “Usually diseases affect adults or the brood, you don’t have something that kills them both.”
Last Updated (Friday, 26 August 2016 16:08)
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