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Researchers release first-of-its-kind quantitative assessment for sustainable agriculture

For the first time, scientists have assembled a quantitative assessment for agriculture sustainability for countries around the world based not only on environmental impacts, but economic and social impacts, as well. The Sustainable Agriculture Matrix, or SAM, provides independent and transparent measurements of agricultural sustainability at a national level that can help governments and organizations […]

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New Study Finds Globalization Is Reweaving the Web of Life

Sept. 2, 2020 – As introduced species spread around the world, the complex networks of interactions between plants and animals within ecosystems are becoming increasingly similar, a process likely to reinforce globalization’s imprint on nature and increase risks of sweeping ecological disruption. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and at the Center for […]

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US beekeepers lost over 40% of colonies last year, highest winter losses ever recorded

June 19, 2019 – Beekeepers across the United States lost 40.7% of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019, according to preliminary results of the latest annual nationwide survey conducted by the University of Maryland-led nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership. The survey results indicate winter losses of 37.7%, which is the highest winter […]

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High number of pesticides within colonies linked to honey bee deaths

Oct. 7, 2016 – Honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying at high rates for over a decade, and agricultural pesticides–including fungicides, herbicides and insecticides–are often implicated as major culprits. Until now, most scientific studies have looked at pesticides one at a time, rather than investigating the effects of multiple real-world pesticide […]