Glyphosate Cleared as Danger to Honey Bees

Genetic Literacy Project    By  Andrew Porterfield         October 14, 2015

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. 

In September, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Mississippi State University reported that they tested 42 commonly used pesticides in a more realistic field setting on cotton row crops. They essentially mimicked a situation where an adult bee in a cotton field accidentally gets sprayed. Furthermore, the researchers used pesticides that were in the actual commercial formulations that would be used by farmers in their fields. This is an important distinction because most previous research tested the active ingredients only, which did not include other chemicals that influence the distribution, absorption, and overall exposure of the pesticides to plants and bees. Their work appears in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Using a modified spray tower to simulate field spray conditions, the researchers found that 26 pesticides, including many (but not all) neonicotinoids, organophosphates, and pyrethroids killed nearly all of the bees that came into contact with the test pesticide sprays. However, seven pesticides, including glyphosate and one neonicotinoid (acetamiprid), killed practically no bees in the tests.

The new data show that a number of pesticides are available, including the neonicotinoid acetamiprid, that could be used to control tarnished plant bugs, stink bugs, aphids, and mites, without causing much (if any) harm to bees. It also calls into question some regulatory measures that focus only on neonicotinoids, since organophosphates, pyrethroids, and carbamates together comprise the 26 commercial pesticides that pose a significant threat to honey bees. Also significant was the low-toxicity ranking of glyphosate, the world’s most-used pesticide, which has been targeted for its use on fields with genetically modified “Roundup-ready” crops that can resist the herbicide.

Read full, original post: Study Finds Glyphosate and Acetamiprid to Have Relatively Low Toxicity for Honey Bees

Backyard Beekeeping in LA City Update 8/11/15

LA City Planning Commission   By Katherine Peterson   August 11, 2015
As you know, the City Planning Commission approved the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting on May 14, 2015, and recommended to the City Council that it adopt the backyard beekeeping ordinance as shown on Appendix A of the Staff Report (  
Audio of the CPC meeting on May 14, 2015 is available online: 
What's Next
The next step will be to present the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the City Council. PLUM reviews all planning-related matters. The Department of City Planning does not have control over the timing/scheduling of PLUM meetings, but will provide updates as we receive them.
Currently, City Council offices are working to schedule this ordinance for PLUM on August 25th, 2015, although this is not yet certain. We will send another email to this interest list when a date has been scheduled.
Thank You
Thank you to everyone for their participation and for the input provided up to this point. If you have any questions or concerns as we move on to the next steps, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please note that I will be out of the office starting August 12, 2015. If you would like further information, please contact my supervisor, Erick Lopez, at or by phone: 213-978-1323.