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  • Music listening habits tell about mental health

    10/22/2015 12:46:12 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 73 replies
    Science Daily ^ | October 22, 2015 | Academy of Finland
    Brain imaging reveals how neural responses to different types of music really affect the emotion regulation of individuals. The study proves that especially men who process negative feelings with music react negatively to aggressive and sad music.
  • Wild Panda Makes Sweet Score Raiding Honey Farmer’s Hives

    09/11/2015 2:11:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A bee farmer in Southwest China's Sichuan Province found himself helpless as a wild panda helped itself to honey straight from his hives, media reported on Wednesday. The Baoxing county villager called local authorities Tuesday after he discovered the sweet-toothed panda dipping into 10 box beehives. Authorities arrived to find the panda crouching in the corner, completely absorbed with his desert and undeterred by their presence. "This panda didn't fear people standing a meter away," said Jiang Xiandong, a local official. Concerned about how to handle China's most protected and treasured animal, the nonplussed officials eventually left the panda to...
  • Concerned About Mass Die-Offs, Morgan Freeman Converted His 124-Acre Ranch Into a Bee Sanctuary

    05/31/2015 7:27:58 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 63 replies
    Healthy Debates ^ | 5/28/15 | Nick Meyer
    One of the most unique things about grassroots movements that a lot of people don’t realize is that they have the potential to pick up some pretty incredible, and oftentimes unexpected, allies as they grow in size and scope. Along the way, these new allies lend their own talents, perspectives, advice and more the movement. And sometimes, these allies end up being pretty influential simply by being themselves, as many people have especially noted with celebrities. Most celebrities, love ’em or hate ’em (and love or hate the system for that matter), are one-man or one-woman media outlets with the...
  • HSI, CBP in Houston seize illegally imported honey valued at $2.45 million

    01/30/2015 5:23:00 AM PST · by Apple Pan Dowdy · 15 replies
    Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have seized since October illegally imported Chinese honey valued at $2.45 million destined for U.S. consumers. HSI and CBP have stepped up efforts regarding commercial fraud investigations that focus on U.S. economic, and health and safety interests. Anti-dumping schemes create a divergent market that negatively affects legitimate businesses.
  • Women arrested for 'using attractive girls to lure men into alleyways… where female bodybuilder

    12/19/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Daniel Miller
    A ruthless Mexican girl gang is accused of using their prettiest member to lure men to secluded spots where a female body builder would put him in a headlock so the others could beat him up and rob him. Mexican police arrested the gang of six women who they suspect targeted dozens of men, many of whom were thought to have been too ashamed to report the matter to police. The gang, operating in the popular tourist city Cancun in the southeast Mexican state of Quintana Roo, used attractive Maria Sierra, 20, who targeted single men or at the most...
  • Climate change ‘making male bees more interested in sex than pollinating flowers’

    11/08/2014 7:24:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Metro UK ^ | November 7, 2014 | by Harry Readhead
    Anyone with a basic knowledge of how ecosystems work knows how important the role of the humble bee is. But a study suggests that climate change may be making male bees too easily distracted by females to bother carrying out pollination. According to research by the University of East Anglia, warmer springs have resulted in both bees and flowers emerging earlier than usual, meaning they do not coincide with each other. This means that by the time the flowers bloom, the bees are too busy mating with females to help fertilise plants. ‘Warming by as little as 2C causes the...
  • Hot Honey: How Two Companies Are Vying to Make the Next Great Condiment

    09/07/2014 12:08:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 9/4 | Sierra Tishgart
    <p>When Mike Kurtz, a 32-year-old Brooklyn resident, was traveling in Brazil several years ago, he stumbled upon a tiny pizzeria and found chile-infused honey on each table.</p>
  • Perils of Commercial Beekeeping

    04/05/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | April 5, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive. California’s Central Valley produces over 80% of the world’s almonds, valued at over $4 billion in 2012. The boom is poised to continue, with new food products and expanding overseas markets increasing demand to the point that no young almond trees are available for purchase until 2016. Demand for almonds translates into demand for pollination. So every year...
  • Honey Price Increases Lead to Jump In Beehive Thefts

    02/14/2014 8:23:51 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 20 replies
    CBS Local Sacramento ^ | February 13, 2014
    DIXON (CBS13) — The price of honey has jumped in the last decade, leading to a jump in beehive thefts. That has beekeepers turning to technology to try and stop crooks from taking the hives. Keepers like Phil Hofland hoping the latest technology will sting those thieves trying to make off with the valuable hives. “You can come in here with a forklift and snag—I’ve seen people steal 30,000 to 50,000 in a half an hour,” he said. Beekeepers have always been concerned about theft, and have long tried to develop ways to prevent that from happening. But the age-old...
  • Wine Cellar, Well Aged, Is Revealed in Israel

    11/23/2013 6:03:17 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 22, 2013 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Digging this summer at the ruins of a 1700 B.C. Canaanite palace in northern Israel, archaeologists struck wine. Near the banquet hall where rulers of a Middle Bronze Age city-state and their guests feasted, a team of American and Israeli researchers broke through to a storage room holding the remains of 40 large ceramic jars. The vessels were broken, their liquid contents long since vanished — but not without a trace. A chemical analysis of residues left in the three-foot-tall jars detected organic traces of acids that are common components of all wine, as well as ingredients popular in ancient...
  • ‘Bin Laden won’: Atheist/academic Richard Dawkins in airport security Twitter row over jar of honey

    11/03/2013 5:04:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 November 2013 | Rob Williams
    World famous English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and unrelenting critic of religion and the religious, Richard Dawkins, has turned his anger on airport security rules after he had a jar of honey confiscated. Dawkins, who is no stranger to Twitter controversy following alleged anti-Muslim comments he made back in August, declared on the micro-blogging site that “Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day” after security took away his jar of honey. …
  • Bees can’t sniff out flowers because of CARS: Diesel fumes change the odor of blooms…

    10/03/2013 2:35:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:38 EST, 3 October 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    Diesel pollution makes it harder for honeybees to find flowers by changing the chemical make-up of their scent, scientists have found. Honeybees use floral odors to find flowers that will give the best yields of pollen and nectar, but diesel fumes can affect their ability to locate and recognize the plants, potentially affecting pollination and ultimately global food security. British researchers took eight chemicals found in the odor of oilseed rape flowers and mixed them both with clean air, which had no impact on the scent, and air containing diesel fumes. When mixed with diesel fumes, six of the eight...
  • The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History

    09/24/2013 2:05:20 PM PDT · by Excellence · 49 replies
    Business Week via Yahoo ^ | Sep 23, 2013 | Susan Berfield
    Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first overseas assignments at ALW Food Group, a family-owned food-trading company based in Hamburg. Von Buddenbrock had joined ALW—the initials stand for its founder, Alfred L. Wolff—four years earlier after earning a degree in marketing and international business, and he was expert in the buying and selling of gum arabic, a key ingredient in candy and soft drinks. Giesselbach had started at ALW as a 19-year-old apprentice. She worked hard, learned quickly, spoke five...
  • Endangered: EPA finally comes to defense of honey bees

    08/26/2013 8:59:51 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Under pressure from Congress and the honey industry, the EPA is ordering an immediate reduction in the use of widely used pesticides, an admission that bug killers approved by the agency are partly responsible for the disappearance of honey bees. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the labeling on pesticides to reduce their use in fields when bees are present, the first significant concession provided to the honey industry which has reported bee kills of over 50 percent among some commercial beekeepers. It comes too late for many honey bees that pollinated blueberries, nuts and fruit trees earlier this year,...
  • (GITMO Inmate Ramzi Binalshibh) 9/11 Defendant Outraged Over Lack of Olives, Honey in His Meals

    08/22/2013 7:58:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies ^ | August 21, 2013 | msn now
    <p>Oh, pity poor 9/11 defendant Ramzi Binalshibh. The man implicated in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans and currently imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay angrily told a judge that during a pre-trial hearing that "there are big problems with the food that was provided — it is a form of psychological torture." Binalshibh's specific complaint? That the government was withholding "condiments such as olives and honey." Binalshibh is accused of having helped finance the 9/11 attackers as well as coordinating their flight training.</p>
  • Nanoparticles Carrying Melittin Kill HIV [Bee Venom]

    03/12/2013 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | by Staff
    n a newly published study, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine show how nanoparticles carrying melittin fuse with HIV, killing the virus and leaving surrounding cells unharmed. Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. The finding is an important step toward developing a vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a...
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • That Honey You Just Bought Might Not Really Be Honey (76% of all supermarket Honey is fake)

    10/19/2012 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 122 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/8/2011 | Yahoo News
    First we find out that we're getting ripped off in the fish department. Now, a new study commissioned by Food Safety News shows that most of the honey on supermarket shelves isn't really honey. More than 60 types of honey from several major supermarkets, drug stores, and shopping clubs--including Stop and Shop, Safeway, Wegman's,A&P, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Sam's Club, and Walmart--were tested by Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University. He found that most of them had all of the pollen filtered out. Without any pollen, it's impossible to figure out whether the honey came from a safe source,...
  • A scientific note on a protozoan pathogen of the small hive beetle

    10/13/2012 6:17:50 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 8 replies
    Apidologie ^ | August 3, 2012 | Natasha Wright and Donald Steinkraus
    Link only to preview of study. Upshot is that a study at the University of AR didn't find any pathogens in SHB dissected, BUT they found a protozoan pathogen.
  • Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It

    03/13/2012 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Windflier · 54 replies ^ | February 10, 2012 | John Stapleton
    Australian researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses — a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine. Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world. Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every...
  • Orange Juice's 'Secret Ingredient' Worries Some Health-Minded Moms

    12/17/2011 6:14:19 PM PST · by decimon · 159 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 16, 2011 | Susan Donaldson James
    Natalya Murakhver, a New York food writer and mother of an 18-month year old daughter, loved her premium brand orange juice -- the "100 percent pure" and "not from concentrate" kind that comes in the colorful carton and tastes consistently delicious. That is, until she said she learned from her first-time moms group that there's a "secret ingredient" in all premium orange juices that companies are not required to put on their labeling. Now, after writing Whole Foods, she refuses to buy her favorite, "365" juice, amid uncertainty about its contents. "One of the moms said she had read about...
  • Funny Honey? Bringing Trust To A Sector Full Of Suspicion

    12/13/2011 8:46:12 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 14 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 12/13/2011 | Dan Charles
    Funny Honey? Bringing Trust To A Sector Full Of Suspicion by Dan CharlesHoney is the most natural of sweeteners, coming to us directly from bees and flowers.Well, maybe not so directly. These days, a long supply chain often links beehives half a world away with the jar of honey in your kitchen. And there's suspicion in that supply chain: global trade disputes; accusations of unfair competition; even honey identity-switching.To get to the bottom of all this unwholesome controversy, we paid a visit to Dutch Gold Honey in Lancaster, Pa. Dutch Gold is one of the country's top ten honey...
  • Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey

    11/08/2011 9:14:13 AM PST · by opbuzz · 134 replies
    foodsafetynews ^ | NOV 07, 2011 | ANDREW SCHNEIDER
    More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News. The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled "honey." The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies.
  • Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

    08/15/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT · by fso301 · 83 replies
    Food Safety News ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | Andrew Schneider
    A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of...
  • Manuka honey 'could help fight superbugs'

    04/13/2011 8:45:05 AM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | April 12, 2011 | Michelle Roberts
    Manuka honey could be used to combat some of the most hard-to-treat infections that are resistant to powerful antibiotics, scientists say.Lab experiments show it can clear bacteria found in festering wounds and contaminated hospital surfaces. It works by breaking down the defences bacteria use against antibiotics, making it useful in treating superbug infections such as MRSA. > "It could be applied topically to wounds and used in combination with antibiotics to treat resistant infections." But she warned people not to try the same at home with honey bought from the supermarket. "Not only is it messy, it wouldn't be advisable....
  • A White House Brewery? White House Honey Ale

    02/07/2011 3:28:12 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | February 07, 2011 | Sunlen Miller
    The First Lady’s office confirms that the White House chefs made one batch of beer using about a pound of honey from the First Lady’s honey hive, on the South Lawn of the White House. The chefs used the traditional methods to brew the beer, and the First Lady’s office confirms that the Obamas paid for the equipment. The batch was made so that the nearly 200 Super Bowl guests – from members of Congress to celebrities like J-Lo -- could sample the new beer.
  • Honey laundering: The sour side of nature’s golden sweetener (China crap being sold here)

    01/10/2011 4:02:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 32 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 1-6-11 | JESSICA LEEDER
    What consumers don’t know is that honey doesn’t usually come straight – or pure – from the hive. Giant steel drums of honey bound for grocery store shelves and the food processors that crank out your cereal are in constant flow through the global market. Most honey comes from China, where beekeepers are notorious for keeping their bees healthy with antibiotics banned in North America because they seep into honey and contaminate it; packers there learn to mask the acrid notes of poor quality product by mixing in sugar or corn-based syrups to fake good taste. None of this is...
  • Secret to a smooth hangover – honey on toast

    12/23/2010 9:20:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/10 | Richard Alleyne
    Scientists claim that the natural sweetener is a great way to help the body deal with the toxic effects of a hangover. The Royal Society of Chemistry claim that the fructose in the honey – which is also found in golden syrup – is essential to help the body break down alcohol into harmless by-products. The reason why hangovers are so painful is that alcohol is first broken down into acetaldehyde, a substance which is toxic to the body, claimed Dr John Emsley of the Royal Society. This is then converted – using fructose – into acetic acid which is...
  • Guest Column: Where will our food come from if American food production shuts down?

    10/14/2010 6:21:16 PM PDT · by fanfan · 84 replies ^ | Friday, October 08, 2010 | John Hochstetler
    Food production in America is fast shutting down. Where will our food come from? We are seeing a rapid decline in America's ability to feed itself. America is fast becoming a nation where food production is not sustainable in the long term. You won't hear it from the farm state politicians, or anyone running for office because it's a matter they don't want to address. Unless steps are taken, lack of food may soon hit the American population. Your bag of gold is useless at Kroger if there is nothing on the shelves. Government involvement has a long history of...
  • Charges revealed in international 'honey laundering' conspiracy

    09/01/2010 5:32:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 2+ views
    NewsCore ^ | 9/1/10 | staff
    The Federal Government announced charges today against a ring of foreign corporations and executives who conspired to bring antibiotic-laden Chinese honey illegally into the US, in an attempt to avoid paying millions in fees. A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted top executives of German food conglomerate Alfred L Wolff GmbH, and several of its affiliated companies for allegedly importing more than $US40 million in Chinese honey, but saying it originated elsewhere in order to avoid paying duties of nearly $US80 million that were levied on Chinese honey.
  • Honey, I Shrunk My Approval Ratings

    08/25/2010 5:22:36 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-26-10 | KARL ROVE
    The White House is having a disastrous 'summer of recovery.' In what will rank as one of the all-time presidential PR disasters, we're now well over half way through what the White House called "the summer of recovery." And what a recovery it's been. Earlier this month, first-time claims for unemployment hit a nine-month high. The unemployment rate remains at 9.5% and 18.4% of workers are out of a job, can only get part-time work, or have given up looking for a job altogether. Sales of existing homes dropped 27% from June to July, hitting the lowest point since data...
  • Sweet little hobby (Happy (belated) National Honey Bee Awareness Day!!!)

    08/23/2010 9:22:39 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette (subscription may be needed) ^ | 21 AUG 10 | JANET CARSON-Arkansas Democrat Gazette
    Sweet little hobby Create a buzz, and help distressed bees, with your own hive JANET CARSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE While some people fear bees and many worry about getting stung, these little insects more than redeem themselves as the primary pollinators of plants worldwide. Today is National Honeybee Appreciation Day — well deserved because it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of flowering plants and almost a third of human food crops need bees as pollinators. Reports have been claiming the loss of bee populations is due to mites, pesticides and human activities. Many species of pollinators, including bees,...
  • First beehives from Biblical Israel discovered

    06/10/2010 12:38:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies · 554+ views ^ | 6-09-2010 | By Clara Moskowitz
    Recently discovered beehives from ancient Israel 3,000 years ago appear to be the oldest evidence for beekeeping ever found, scientists reported. Archaeologists identified the remains of honeybees — including workers, drones, pupae, and larvae — inside about 30 clay cylinders thought to have been used as beehives at the site of Tel Rehov in the Jordan valley in northern Israel. This is the first such discovery from ancient times. "Although texts and wall paintings suggest that bees were kept in the Ancient Near East for the production of precious wax and honey, archaeological evidence for beekeeping has never been found,"...
  • Schumer speaks out against 'honey laundering'

    06/10/2010 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies · 368+ views
    Copyright © 2010 Finger Lakes Times - All rights reserved ^ | Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:56 AM CDT | by SEAN McCRACKEN/
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a crackdown on a unique brand of laundering. Not money or drug laundering, but honey. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced yesterday that his office will press Immigrations and Custom Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration to more stringently regulate mislabeled honey brought into the country and the state by Chinese exporters. Almost 10 years ago, Chinese honey became the subject of special taxes when it was found that Chinese honey traders were engaging in what Schumer called “predatory trade practices.” Schumer said, since then, those traders have gone to extraordinary...
  • Illinois Public Health: Unregulated beekeepers a menace

    03/04/2010 9:22:47 AM PST · by NuclearDruid · 16 replies · 507+ views
    Illinois Times ^ | Thursday, March 4, 2010 | Diane Ivey
    “Tainted honey can contain pathogens or chemicals,” Watkins says. “It’s not often the case with hobby beekeepers, but the issue is, a lot of food is changing. Peanut butter is growing bacteria now. The possibility is there.” No other food is allowed manufacturing without health department inspection, Watkins says, and the bill would create a dangerous precedent.
  • Bottles of honey causes Calif. airport shutdown

    01/05/2010 2:43:18 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies · 1,434+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 01/05/2010 | By TRACIE CONE and MARCUS WOHLSEN
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - The suspicious material found inside luggage that prompted the shutdown of a California airport Tuesday morning turned out to be five soft drink bottles filled with honey, authorities said. A passenger's suitcase tested positive for TNT at Bakersfield's Meadows Field during a routine swabbing of the bag's exterior, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. When TSA officials opened the bag, they found bottles filled with an amber liquid, he said. "Why in this day and age would someone take a chance carrying honey in Gatorade bottles?" Youngblood asked. "That itself is an alarm. It's hard to...
  • How manuka honey helps fight infection

    09/15/2009 8:07:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,272+ views ^ | September 7, 2009 | NA
    Manuka honey may kill bacteria by destroying key bacterial proteins. Dr Rowena Jenkins and colleagues from the University of Wales Institute - Cardiff investigated the mechanisms of manuka honey action and found that its anti-bacterial properties were not due solely to the sugars present in the honey. The work was presented this week (7-10 September), at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was grown in the laboratory and treated with and without manuka honey for four hours. The experiment was repeated with sugar syrup to determine if the effects seen were...
  • Honey bees work to deliver liquid gold

    08/29/2009 9:44:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 599+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    Saier Bibi, a farmer in the Qaytul village of Kirkuk province, works his new beehives during a visit to his farm by a representative from the United States Agency for International Development and the senior agricultural advisor from the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team, Aug. 20. Photo by Pfc. Justin Naylor, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — U.S. development and reconstruction teams recently visited local farmers in the village of Qaytul to check up on those who had received bee farming equipment as part of a year-long project designed to increase the income of small farm owners here. "The Honey Bee Hive...
  • Ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton urges Africans to team up for economic growth

    09/23/2002 8:14:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 389+ views
    Associated Press | September 23, 2002
    ACCRA, Ghana, Sep 23, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday urged Africans to team up to fight poverty, saying boundary-less cooperation means boundless economic potential. "Through cooperation and collaborative efforts, termites have been able to pull down strong edifices," Clinton said. "Bees have been able to build houses for humans to tap heir honey from." Clinton, who is in Africa to promote efforts to fight AIDS and encourage economic development, was speaking to an assemblage of government ministers, traditional rulers and academics at the launch of Ghana President John Kufuor's Foundation for...
  • Washington man and Chinese national charged in honey import conspiracy

    05/12/2009 2:32:44 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 572+ views
    ICE.GOV - New Release ^ | May 6, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Washington man and Chinese national charged in honey import conspiracy Illegal import scheme cost United States millions SEATTLE - Two men accused of conspiring to defraud the United States by submitting false paperwork on the importation of numerous shipments of Chinese honey are in federal custody today following an international investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Boa Zhong Zhang, 58, a Chinese national, was arrested this morning at Los Angeles International Airport as he prepared to board a United Airlines flight to Denver. Zhang, a long-time employee of Changge Jixian Bee...
  • Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse?

    04/24/2009 6:11:15 PM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 29 replies · 1,308+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 14, 2009 | unattributed
    For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success. In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analysed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse disorder in the USA)...
  • Don't let claims on honey labels dupe you; If it's made in America, it's likely not organic

    01/02/2009 6:49:24 AM PST · by Daffynition · 76 replies · 2,719+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | December 30, 2008 | ANDREW SCHNEIDER
    When it comes to sizing up the purity of the honey you buy, you're pretty much on your own. You may be paying more for honey labeled "certified organic" or feel reassured by the "USDA Grade A" seal, but the truth is, there are few federal standards for honey, no government certification and no consequences for making false claims. For American-made honey, the "organic" boast, experts say, is highly suspect. Beekeepers may be doing their part, but honeybees have a foraging range of several miles, exposing them to pesticides, fertilizers and pollutants on their way back to the hive. And...
  • 'Honey laundering' beats US tariffs on Chinese food products (don't trust the origin of honey)

    12/31/2008 6:40:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 1,077+ views
    Times of London ^ | 12/31/08 | Chris Ayres
    'Honey laundering' beats US tariffs on Chinese food products Chris Ayres in Los Angeles As scientists race to investigate the sudden and inexplicable collapse of bee colonies in America and Europe, international smugglers are coming up with new and imaginative ways to get Winnie the Pooh’s favourite snack into breakfast cereals and onto supermarket shelves. ‘Honey laundering,’ the authorities call it. As the name suggests, honey laundering involves disguising drums of the sticky stuff from China by selling it to a third party—usually a distributor in another part of the world—then re-packaging it and re-exporting it, so that its source...
  • Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Populations

    10/01/2008 1:47:28 PM PDT · by Scythian · 175 replies · 3,753+ views
    (NaturalNews) German government researchers have concluded that a bestselling Bayer pesticide is responsible for the recent massive die-off of honeybees across the country's Baden-Württemberg region. In response, the government has banned an entire family of pesticides, fueling accusations that pesticides may be responsible for the current worldwide epidemic of honeybee die-offs. Researchers found buildup of the pesticide clothianidin in the tissues of 99 percent of dead bees in Baden-Württemberg state. The German Research Center for Cultivated Plants concluded that nearly 97 percent of honeybee deaths had been caused directly by contact with the insecticide."It can unequivocally be concluded that a...
  • Honey could be a wonder drug

    09/24/2008 10:22:19 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 57 replies · 2,276+ views ^ | September 24, 2008
    HONEY, used for generations to soothe sore throats, could soon be substituted for antibiotics in fighting stubborn ear, nose and throat infections, according to a new study. Ottawa University doctors found in tests that ordinary honey kills bacteria that cause sinus infections, and does it better in most cases than antibiotics. The researchers have so far tested manuka honey from New Zealand, and sidr honey from Yemen. "It's astonishing," researcher Joseph Marson said of bees' unexplained ability to combine the nectar of flowers into a seemingly potent medicine. The preliminary tests were conducted in laboratory dishes, not in live patients,...
  • Honey of a discovery [ 3000 year old beehive, ancient Israel ]

    08/31/2008 6:12:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, August 29th, 2008 | Bruce Bower
    The Bible refers to ancient Israel as the "land flowing with milk and honey," so it's fitting that one of its towns milked honey for all it was worth. Scientists have unearthed the remains of a large-scale beekeeping operation at a nearly 3,000-year-old Israeli site, which dates to the time of biblical accounts of King David and King Solomon. Excavations in northern Israel at a huge earthen mound called Tel Rehov revealed the Iron Age settlement. From 2005 to 2007, workers at Tel Rehov uncovered the oldest known remnants of human-made beehives, excavation director Amihai Mazar and colleagues report in...
  • Survey shows US honey bee deaths increased over last year (36% hive loss)

    05/07/2008 10:05:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 94+ views
    AP ^ | May 7, 2008 | JULIANA BARBASSA
    A survey of bee health released Tuesday revealed a grim picture, with 36.1 percent of the nation's commercially managed hives lost since last year.Last year's survey commissioned by the Apiary Inspectors of America found losses of about 32 percent.As beekeepers travel with their hives this spring to pollinate crops around the country, it's clear the insects are buckling under the weight of new diseases, pesticide drift and old enemies like the parasitic varroa mite, said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the group.This is the second year the association has measured colony deaths across the country. This means there aren't enough numbers...
  • Honey Makes 'Comeback' as Natural Disease Fighter

    12/26/2007 1:04:55 PM PST · by decimon · 92 replies · 260+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 26, 2007 | Unknown
    Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic — honey — is making a comeback.< >He said the Medihoney dressing can also prevent the dangerous drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA from infecting open wounds. "It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work," said biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years.He's found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted 10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune...
  • Study: Try honey for children's coughs

    12/03/2007 9:46:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 133+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/07 | Carla K. Johnson - ap
    CHICAGO - A teaspoon of honey before bed seems to calm children's coughs and help them sleep better, according to a new study that relied on parents' reports of their children's symptoms. The folk remedy did better than cough medicine or no treatment in a three-way comparison. Honey may work by coating and soothing an irritated throat, the study authors said. "Many families are going to relate to these findings and say that grandma was right," said lead author Dr. Ian Paul of Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. The research appears in December's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine...
  • Hebrew University Excavations Reveal First Beehives In Ancient Near East In 'Land Of Milk And Honey'

    09/03/2007 3:26:42 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 788+ views
    Alpha Galileo ^ | 9-3-2007
    03 September 2007 Hebrew University excavations reveal first beehives in ancient near east in ‘Land of milk and honey’ Archaeological proof of the Biblical description of Israel really as “the land of milk and honey” (or at least the latter) has been uncovered by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology. Amihai Mazar, Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University, revealed that the first apiary (beehive colony) dating from the Biblical period has been found in excavations he directed this summer at Tel Rehov in Israel’s Beth Shean Valley. This is the earliest apiary...