Karen Chappell

Garden-Care Company Ortho Phasing Out Chemicals Linked To Declining Bee Population

Ortho, a major player in the garden-care industry and subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro, has tongues buzzing over the news that it will start to “transition away” from using chemicals in its pesticides that are believed to be harmful to honey bees. [More]

(Theodore Scott)

Portland Bans Insecticide Blamed For Decline In Honey Bee Population

Out of concern for a depletion in the number of honey bees in recent years, the city of Portland, OR has approved a ban on the use of an insecticide that conservationists say is to blame for killing off the honeymakers, despite protests from some local farmers.


(Van in LA)

Blue & Green Honey Might Look Pretty But Beekeepers Are Miffed At M&M-Related Coloring

At first I was like, “Ooh cool, honey colored like M&Ms!” But then after reading about how that’s not good for bees and the honey they make is unsellable, I was like, “Ugh, stupid M&Ms honey.” Apiaries in northeastern France are battling a disturbing trend of blue and green honey and blame the phenomenon on nearby biogas plant that’s processing waste from containers of the colorful candy.