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Beekeeper Andrew Cote inspects the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel’s bee hives in August 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

How the health of honeybee hives can inform environmental policies in Canadian cities

Urban bee hives in Canada face unique challenges and making our cities healthier for bees may just help them become better places for us all.
Moving away from intensive farming practices comes with many benefits. Nikada

Farming with a mixture of crops, animals and trees is better for the environment and for people – evidence from Ghana and Malawi

Transitions to diversified farming systems in Africa will require financial support. But barriers can be overcome.
As we approach the start of gardening season, it’s a good time to ask some questions about what to plant and who gets to plant. (Shutterstock)

Digging into the colonial roots of gardening

This episode explores how colonial history has affected what we plant and who gets to garden. We also discuss practical gardening tips with an eye to Indigenous knowledge.
A sunflower miner bee, a species considered vulnerable in Ontario. (Shutterstock)

Wild bees are under threat from domestic bees, invasive species, pathogens and climate change — but we can help

Wild bees face risks from domesticated bees, habitat loss, and climate change. Supporting bee diversity in Ontario is an important component of promoting a healthy environment.
The queen, on the right with a larger, darker body, is bigger than the worker bees in the colony and lives several times longer. Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images

Why do bees have queens? 2 biologists explain this insect’s social structure – and why some bees don’t have a queen at all

A queen’s main job in the hive is to lay eggs and pass genes on to offspring. But many bee species do just fine without queens or big colonies.

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