THE BUZZ AROUND TOWN: Chain retailers The Home Depot and Lowe's have begun paying out the sale of flowering plants containing pesticides called neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declining populations of bees and other pollinators. However, the president of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association maintains that a pest called the varroa mite, not pesticides, is the greatest threat to bees. In this file photo, urban beekeeper, Sage Turner shows off some of the bees in her West Asheville backyard. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Bees here now: Home Depot and Lowe’s to phase out neonic-treated plants

In the past few months, two major chain retailers have been busy bees. Both The Home Depot and Lowe’s have begun phasing out the sale of flowering plants containing pesticides called neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declining populations of bees and other pollinators. “Right now, 80 percent of our flowering plants are neonic-free, and […]

Out of Africa

Across the United States, European honeybees are vanishing at an alarming rate. Some estimates say we’ve lost at least half the nation’s honeybees in the last 10 years. Almost all the feral (wild) bees are gone, except the occasional swarm that takes up residence in a tree or other nonmanaged location. What the buzz is […]