Sci-tech

Cheerios give away over 1.5 billion seeds to save the bees

Cheerios give away over 1.5 billion seeds to save the bees

Since General Mills gave out the same seeds to customers across the country, it's possible that the wildflowers could become invasive species in certain areas.

"The flower varieties within the Bee Friendlier Mix were selected for their flowers which produce nectar and pollen that are attractive to bees and other pollinators", the company said. "With deteriorating colony health, pollinators everywhere have been disappearing by the millions".

Previous year the food company announced, by 2020, farms that grow oats for Cheerios will house approximately 3,300 total acres of dedicated pollinator habitat on 60,000 acres of land.

But what is new is the disappearance of Buzz the Bee, the beloved mascot for Honey Nut Cheerios. General Mills gave out 1.5 million wildflower seeds to customers in the hopes the seeds would get planted across the USA and help the declining bee population.

"The fruits and vegetables that form the basis of a good diet are at risk if we do not maintain healthy and stable bee populations", said Marla Spivak, a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota and a bee specialist, in a statement.

Somali pirates seize oil tanker
Argyrios Karagiannis, the managing director of Flair Shipping, declined AP's request to comment. A search for the ship was under way off the Somali coast on Tuesday.


Lifehacker reports that several of the seed types are not native to the US, meaning they may not even be helpful for bees.

Experts say bees are a critical role in the human food supply driven away by habitat loss, disease and a small population size.

The brand will also be on hand at the Canada Blooms festival, handing out 50,000 Veseys wildflower seed packs to visitors. "By taking the bold step of removing a well-established brand symbol from its packaging, General Mills is further challenging marketing's conventional thinking to underscore its point".

They point to a recent study by Food Democracy Now! a grassroots organizations dedicated to sustainability which says some of the fields General Mills buys oats from used herbicides suspected of hurting bee populations.


  • Budget cuts threaten NEA, several cultural organizations in Queens

    This is why it is vital to support and advocate for the continued federal funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Walker says the money fuels big museums, little theater companies and everything in between - from the Cape to the Berkshires.
    Bitcoin drops 15% after the SEC rejects the Winklevoss ETF

    Bitcoin drops 15% after the SEC rejects the Winklevoss ETF

    There's only a small constituency of individuals that even understand what bitcoin is, let alone how to trade it and transact it. The Winklevoss Twins (of Facebook fame) recently filed to open an ETF or fund that invested in bitcoin as an asset.
    Israel steps up battle against boycott movement

    Israel steps up battle against boycott movement

    The Knesset on Monday night passed in a second and third reading a law barring the entry of visitors who have called for a boycott on Israel .
  • Tuesday: Flight cancellations soar, 8000 since Sunday

    Associated Press, citing airline-tracking website FlightAware , reported that more than 5,000 flights on Tuesday had been axed. Even Chicago was seeing storm-related cancellations continue for a second consecutive day at both O'Hare and Midway.
    Brazilian to miss Burnley clash: Dent to Liverpool's top four hopes?

    Brazilian to miss Burnley clash: Dent to Liverpool's top four hopes?

    Liverpool beat Burnley 2-1 at Anfield to win their second Premier League game in a row following last weeks victory over Arsenal. The German added: "We can't just say we can only concentrate on counter attacks, set-pieces, whatever".
    Contract talks with Packers, TE Jared Cook break off

    Contract talks with Packers, TE Jared Cook break off

    Bennett wore number 88 with the Patriots last season, but doesn't believe that number is now available with the Packers. But Bennett should be more than capable of making up for Cook's production on a team with annual Super Bowl aspirations.
  • U.S.  and Assad forces lead charge on Isis in Raqqa

    U.S. and Assad forces lead charge on Isis in Raqqa

    McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed his concerns while addressing the commander of U.S. The government said that it would strike the US -backed YPG if necessary to prevent them seizing territory there.
    Protests rage as S. Korea's Park yet to vacate presidential residence

    Protests rage as S. Korea's Park yet to vacate presidential residence

    She is stripped of powers while awaiting a court decision on the vote . "The president was apparently stunned at the ruling". Meanwhile, an election to choose Park's successor must be held within 60 days and onlookers expect it to fall on May 9.

    Suspension on expedited H-1B visa to affect IT cos: Nasscom

    While it is unclear up to when this suspension will continue, the USCIS indicated that it would hold for at least six months. Reports state that the suspension will come into affect on April 3, the day when all the applications open.
  • Ben Affleck confesses publicly about his addiction to alcohol and his treatment

    Ben Affleck confesses publicly about his addiction to alcohol and his treatment

    Postmedia wants to improve your reading experience as well as share the best deals and promotions from our advertisers with you. The latest course of treatment was regarded by the "Suicide Actor" as the first of many steps taken towards positive recovery.
    Romain Dauriac 'shocked' at Scarlett Johansson divorce

    Romain Dauriac 'shocked' at Scarlett Johansson divorce

    Johansson does a lot of traveling. "The kid was bouncing back and forth". "It will be an interesting process", the attorney added. Johansson made it crystal clear she will not be divulging any details about the proceedings in a statement sent to news outlets.

    6 takeaways from Barcelona's incredible and historic comeback against PSG

    Barcelona have progressed past the Round of 16 in their last nine seasons, however it seems unlikely they will make it 10. Since then, Barcelona have won their two knockout encounters with the Parisian club (2012/13, 2014/15).