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Diesel Emissions Linked to Bee Population Decline

Chemicals in diesel fuel may be preventing bees from using their sense of smell to find flower nectar and pollinate plants.

Research conducted by the University of Southampton has revealed that diesel emissions may be contributing to colony bee collapse disorder by inhibiting the insects from using their sense of smell to detect the nectar in flowers. During the study, scientists exposed bees to a floral scent that triggered their normal nectar-gathering behavior; when the scents were mixed with a chemical component found in diesel fuel, the insects were found to no longer be able to detect the flower smell. “A bee has far poorer recognition of an altered floral mix,” says study co-author Tracey Newman. “The bee needs to learn the unadulterated version, and if the bee has learned it, it will then struggle with the version that has been chemically altered.”

Vegan Diet for Farmed Fish Could Prevent Collapse of Fisheries

Scientists are developing plant-based fish feed to make aquaculture more ecologically sustainable.
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Walmart Pilots “Ugly” Produce Program

Big-box store shoppers in Florida and Texas can score bargains while reducing food waste.
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Brand Halts Leather Line in Favor of Vegan Bag Collection

Leather handbag company will debut a fully vegan line—complete with a PETA logo—next spring.
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One in 10 New Products in Germany Is Vegan

New report finds that Germany is launching more vegan products than any other European country.
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Italian Mayor Plans to Make Turin Italy’s First Vegan City

Strong promotion of vegan diet is a central tenet of new mayor Chiara Appendino’s political strategy.
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