Author: Cassie Peters

New USDA Honeybee Survey Shows Bee Die-offs Continue to be Concerning

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual honeybee survey and the results reveal that bees may be in even more trouble than previously thought. For the first time since USDA and its partners, the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America, began tracking bee die-offs five years ago, “the summer loss rates exceeded the winter loss rates, suggesting bees are becoming vulnerable during a time of the year they were thought to be healthy and robust.” Tennille Tracy, The Wall Street Journal. While 2014-2015 winter losses showed a slight decrease, summer losses increased nearly 40% over 2013-2014 levels, “resulting in higher overall annual losses of managed bee colonies.” Kim Kaplan, USDA. Total annual losses across the U.S. averaged 42.1%, up from 34.2% the previous year. Losses can stem from a variety of causes, including varroa mites, stress, and exposure to systemic pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Growing concern over the impact of neonicotinoids on bees has prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop approving outdoor use of neonicotinoids until further studies on bee health and pollinator risk are conducted. Despite the growing number of beehives in Florida, our honeybee population is at risk. According to the honeybee survey, beekeepers in Florida suffered an annual loss of 54.8%. This is among the highest loss rates in the U.S. for the time period. However, the...

Read More

Save the date: 2nd annual Florida Local Food Summit to be held in September

By Cassie Peters Last week, John Rife, owner and founder of East End Market, announced the dates for the second annual Florida Local Food Summit. The three-day event will be held Sept. 18-20, 2015, at the Straughn IFAS Extension Center in Gainesville Florida. The summit is organized by East End Market, Local Roots Farm-to Restaurant Distribution and Local Roots Farm Store, and Florida Organic Growers. If you’re interested in farming, food policy, and strengthening Florida’s food system, mark your calendar – this is an event you don’t want to miss. The Florida Local Food Summit will feature fantastic speakers, including local and national farm and...

Read More
Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe To Our NewsletterJoin our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Florida Food & Farm.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest