Canadian Beekeepers Hit with Honeybee Colony Losses Exceeding Peak of Colony Collapse Disorder

Tim Wendell digs beehives out to assess colony health after a harsh Canadian winter
Figure 1: Canadian Commercial Colony Winter Losses. Source 2007-2021 data: The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)
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2021 KCBS World Invitational Grand Champion, Richard Fergola with KCBS CEO, Emily Detwiler

KANSAS CITY, MO, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2022 / — The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is pleased to announce its fourth annual KCBS World Invitational Barbeque Competition, presented by Smithfield®. The KCBS World Invitational competition will be held Nov. 11-13, 2022 at the Noccalula Falls Park and Campground in Gadsden, AL . Noccalula Falls Park and Campground in Gadsden, AL was selected from an RFP based on the site’s outstanding facilities, experience handling barbeque competitions and by providing a great experience for participating KCBS members.

To qualify for the opportunity to compete for the KCBS Master Series Invitational World Champion title, trophies, cash and bragging rights, Master Series pitmasters must win Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion at a KCBS-sanctioned Master Series barbeque contest. Within the KCBS Backyard Series Invitational, amateur pitmasters compete for the title of “KCBS World Backyard Rib Champion” and “KCBS World Backyard Chicken Champion;” qualifying by winning win 1st place Ribs or 1st place Chicken at a KCBS-sanctioned Backyard contest. Pitmasters in good standing with KCBS may qualify at any of the nearly 400 contests that KCBS sanctions annually in the U.S. and over 37 countries globally between Jan. 1, 2020 and July 31, 2022.

2022 will include the second annual “Open” contest, in which any Kansas City Barbeque Society pitmaster from around the world can enter to compete for the coveted Wells Cup named after our co-founders. This OPEN contest will allow Master and Backyard pitmasters to go head-to-head against each other in all four of the main proteins. It will also provide additional competition opportunities for the pitmasters to win cash and prizes throughout the course of the competition weekend.

“The KCBS World Invitational attracts top-ranking pitmasters from all across the U.S. and over 37 countries to compete for the coveted title of KCBS World Champion,’” said Emily Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. “We continue to elevate the experience of this world-class event each year. We are pleased to continue to partner with Smithfield, a high-quality protein brand and long-time partner within the sport of competition barbeque who is dedicated to growing the sport. We are pleased with the opportunity to bring the KCBS World Invitational to another region for our members to enjoy!”

“Gadsden, AL is known as the ‘City of Champions,’ and we are delighted to partner with KCBS to bring championship pitmasters to Gadsden, AL,” said Jen Weathington, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Gadsden. “We’ve hosted a large-scale KCBS regular season contests for 10 years and are honored to host the KCBS World Invitational.”

“We are excited to return as the presenting sponsor and partner of the 2022 KCBS World Invitational,” said Laura Pall, Senior Brand Manager at Smithfield Foods. “Our partnership with the largest barbeque sanctioning body is a great way to inspire barbeque and grilling enthusiasts across the nation. We pride ourselves on consistently providing top-quality pork products that deliver winning results for both pitmasters and backyard cooks alike.”

The KCBS World Invitational will also serve as the finale of the 2022 “Turkey Smoke” competition series in partnership with the National Turkey Federation. Rounding out the fun will be a cocktail contest in partnership with the Holladay Distillery, home of 360 Vodka, Kansas City’s hometown vodka.

Registration for qualifying teams will be available beginning August 8th on the KCBS website. Applications for Certified Barbeque Judges will begin August 15th. Judges should be willing to Judge, Volunteer in the Judging Tent, or be a Table Captain. Judge selection will be based upon actual number of teams registered. All Teams, Certified Barbeque Judges and Certified Table Captains must be KCBS members in good standing. Ensure your membership is in good standing and will be during the event at or call the office at 1-800-963-5227. We will also need miscellaneous Event Volunteers throughout the weekend, so please let us know if you’d like to Volunteer without being involved in the judging process.

In addition, KCBS will host its annual awards banquet at 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden, AL on Friday, November 11; honoring 2022 KCBS Team of the Year pitmaster winners, key ambassadors, and those recognized with other special KCBS awards. Banquet tickets will be available when Invitational Team registration opens on August 8th.

To learn more about the KCBS World Invitational and to follow along for future updates for Pitmaster, Certified Barbeque Judge and Volunteer registration, visit

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About the Kansas City Barbeque Society:
The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, celebrating, promoting and educating the public about barbeque as a distinctively American cuisine. KCBS is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with approximately 16,000 members in the U.S. and over 37 countries. KCBS sanctions nearly 400 barbeque contests worldwide each year; including destination contests such as the American Royal World Series of Barbeque© and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational. For more information, visit us online at, on Facebook at @KansasCityBarbequeSociety, on Instagram as @kcbbqsociety and on Twitter @KCBBQSociety.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society partners with brands and organizations to create custom barbeque events for consumers, as well as employee engagement. From volunteering at barbeque contests to event production, KCBS members offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations that organize events. KCBS serves as a key influencer and powerhouse of barbeque information; partnering with related trade associations and other contest-sanctioning organizations, tracking trends in barbeque related products and teaming up with various food organizations and the media to promote barbeque.

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H.E Yaqoub Khalfan Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources for Fisheries, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Bin Ali Al Amri, chairman of Oman’s Environment authority, and Akram Darwich Eissa, IFAW’s Regio…

Global Oxygen Scavenger Market Size And Market Growth Opportunities

Oxygen Scavenger Market Report 2022 – Market Size, Trends, And Forecast 2022-2026

Oxygen Scavenger Global Market Report 2022 – Market Size, Trends, And Global Forecast 2022-2026

The Business Research Company covers the oxygen scavenger market drivers and restraints, market size, major players, and the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK, May 17, 2022 / — According to ‘Oxygen Scavenger Global Market Report 2022 – Market Size, Trends, And Global Forecast 2022-2026’ published by The Business Research Company, the oxygen market size is expected to reach $2.81 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 6.1%. Increasing demand from the food and beverage industry is expected to propel the global oxygen scavenger market growth going forward.

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The oxygen scavengers market consists of sales of oxygen scavengers by entities (organizations, sole traders, and partnerships) that are used to reduce or completely remove oxygen in fluids and enclosed spaces to stop oxygen-induced corrosion. Oxygen scavengers are chemical substances that are also called oxygen absorbers. Oxygen scavengers increase the period of service life of the components under protection.

Global Oxygen Scavenger Market Trends
The introduction of new oxygen scavenger additives for polyester packaging has emerged as a key trend gaining popularity in the oxygen scavenger market. Major companies operating in the oxygen scavenger are focused on developing new additives for polyester packaging to meet consumer demand and reinforce their position. For instance, Clariant, a Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company launched CESA ProTect, a new line of patent-protected oxygen scavenger additive masterbatches. The novel additive masterbatch’s main target market is monolayer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging, but it could also be useful for other polyester-based materials. CESA ProTect masterbatch can hold less than 1ppm oxygen levels for more than 18 months. It is suitable for refrigerated products and cold chain distribution.

Global Oxygen Scavenger Market Segments
The global oxygen scavenger market is segmented:
By Type: Metallic, Non-Metallic
By Composition: Organic, Inorganic
By Form: Sachets, Canisters, Bottle Caps And Labels, OS Films And Pet Bottles, Liquid, Powder
By End-User Industry: Food And Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Power, Oil And Gas, Chemical, Pulp And Paper
By Geography: The global oxygen scavenger market report is segmented into North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. Among these regions, North America accounts for the largest share.

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Oxygen Scavenger Global Market Report 2022 is one of a series of new reports from The Business Research Company that provides oxygen scavenger market overviews, analyzes and forecasts market size and growth for the global oxygen scavenger market, market share, market segments and geographies, market players, market leading competitor revenues, profiles and market shares. The oxygen scavenger market report identifies top countries and segments for opportunities and strategies based on market trends and key competitors’ approaches.

TBRC’s Oxygen Scavenger Global Market Report 2022 includes information on the following:

Data Segmentations: Market Size, Global, By Region and Country, Historic and Forecast, and Growth Rates for 60 Geographies

Key Market Players: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc., BASF SE, Clariant, Ecolab, Accepta Ltd., Arkema Group, Eastman Chemical Company, PolyOne Corporation, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Lonza, Aditya Birla Chemicals, ESSECO UK LIMITED, Kuraray Co. Ltd., MCC Chemicals, DOW Chemical Company, Conventya Inc., and Chemco Industries Inc.

Regions: Asia-Pacific, China, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, USA, South America, Middle East and Africa.

Countries: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, UK, USA.
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Androsky Lugo Explains How Biophilic Design Works in Architecture

Business, Buildings

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Androsky Lugo, a seasoned architect with a lifelong passion for encouraging sustainable construction and living

Biophilic design is becoming increasingly popular as architects, and the public alike are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of building with nature. Androsky Lugo, a seasoned architect with a lifelong passion for encouraging sustainable construction and living, explains how biophilic design works and gives examples of how it can be used to transform modern living.

There are many ways in which an architect can design a building to merge with nature rather than work against it. Androsky Lugo says that the first step is naturally sourcing sustainable materials. Wood is a popular choice; trees do not necessarily have to be chopped down to create biophilic wood cabins and houses because reclaimed wood can be used for these structures. Other materials that can be recycled include glass and concrete. The latter isn’t the material of choice for many biophilic structures due to the fact that it does not have a natural feel. Still, it works well when used for the building of homes and apartments designed to incorporate plants and even trees into the buildings’ structure.

The Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex in Shanghai, for instance, has over four hundred trees integrated into its structure’ these not only absorb 22 tons of carbon dioxide a year but also attract birds that help pollinate local plants. Androsky Lugo explains that location plays a huge role in the selection of materials; wood, for instance, is ideal for a wooded area or plain but may not be the material of choice for a beachfront home or a large apartment in the middle of town.

Additionally, Lugo points out that biophilic homes and buildings are deliberately designed to minimize energy usage. This benefits both the environment and the homeowners, who save a considerable amount of money every single year. In some cases, smart technology is used to keep energy costs low. Automation that shuts off lights and HVAC units when not in use helps to make a home more efficient, as does the use of cutting-edge geothermal energy. At the same time, the shape and design of the house also ensure users are comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside.

Biophilic design is still in the early stages. While Androsky Lugo has ample experience building eco-friendly homes and biophilic structures that have been constructed the world over, many designs are still in the conceptual stage.

Lugo encourages budding architects and designers to pay close attention to biophilic design and construction. “Learn as much as you can, read as often as you can and allow others to teach you,” is the advice Androsky Lugo says he would give his younger self, and it is sound advice for anyone who wants to be on the cutting edge of sustainable design, development, and construction.

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The Difference Between Dairy-Free and Non-Dairy Labels

If you’re trying to avoid dairy, it is important to know the difference between these similar but very different label claims.
Bottom Line: "non-dairy" and "dairy-free" labels are not the same.”— BeVeg Vegan Certificat…

Windfall Tax, PumpWatch are People’s Priorities, not Net Zero


CRANBROOK, KENT, UNITED KINGDOM, May 12, 2022 / — As you have previously commented on a potential ‘Windfall Tax’ on oil companies, it is pertinent to present to you, the findings from the FairFuelUK Political Opinion Poll carried out in the last week. 58,000 have completed the survey from cyclists to truckers at

Here are headline findings and what respondents want from our government.

• Solving the Cost-of-Living Crisis should be the topmost priority = 81.2%
• Cut energy prices = 80.4% (‘by removal of green taxes and VAT’)
• Focus on the Net Zero Policies = 9.2%
• Implement a Windfall Tax on Oil Companies = 75.4%
• Introduce an independent pump price monitoring watch dog = 78.5%
• Cut Fuel Duty by 20p/litre = 74.6%

Howard Cox, FairFuelUK’s founder says: “At FairFuelUK we have been banging on for months and months about the Government recognizing the cost-of-living crisis as being their ultimate political priority to solve. And to solve it now not wait till the Autumn Budget. So many back bench MPs I work with agree with FairFuelUK, yet still the Treasury and Number 10 remain out of touch, lagging behind public feeling. Our latest massive opinion poll clearly shows the public don’t give two figs about Net Zero, they do worry however about heating their homes, the cost of filling up their cars and putting food on their table. Adopting PumpWatch, a new Windfall tax and putting the green agenda on the back burner, will ensure the Tories restore a modicum of popularity and respect. But I’m delighted to hear the Treasury could be moving towards taxing the greedy oil companies with a punitive tax. Yet will Rishi do it now, perhaps in an emergency Budget, or wait till its way too late?”

Background: Since 2011 the APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers has examined major issues that impact on UK drivers. Along with FairFuelUK, it has been a major influencer on keeping Fuel Duty frozen since 2011. As well as fuel taxation, other issues addressed by the APPG that impact on drivers, have included congestion charges, ULEZ/CAZs, parking costs, roads investment, unfair treatment for fossil fuelled vehicle owners, solutions to lower emissions, cleaner fuel incentives, alternative technology options and transparent pricing at the fuel pumps with a continual call for PumpWatch. With the expected decline in Fuel Duty revenue, the APPG will also formulate a long-term approach to the future of road taxation and a positive transport strategy for all road users.

Since 2010 FairFuelUK has saved drivers over £160bn in planned tax hikes in duty and VAT through constructive and objective campaigning. Had FairFuelUK not campaigned to scrap the fuel duty escalator, fuel tax today would be 90p/lt rather than 57.95p/lt. Today we would be paying £2.40+ per litre at the pumps had FairFuelUK not fought for the World’s highest taxed drivers. Because of the Campaign, inflation is down 6.7% and £24bn has been put back into consumer spending each and every year since 2011.

FairFuelUK is a public affairs team with no shareholders to satisfy, just an award-winning campaign representing the real concerns of hard-working motorists, families, small businesses, commercial drivers and hauliers across the UK. Decades of fiscal exploitation by successive Governments with little in return, warrants the need for FairFuelUK.

For 12 years, this award winning campaign is funded by the RHA, and previously by Logistics UK and other respected organisations, 1.7m supporters and 146 MPs . FairFuelUK is fronted by the Campaign’s Founder Howard Cox. Funding is through support from key founding backers the FTA (Logistics UK), RHA and regular donations from supporters. Previous backers have included the RAC, Association of Pallet Networks, UKLPG and many others.

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What is the Future of Perfumery? First International Meeting of Perfume Professions in Paris on Friday July 1, 2022

What is the Future of Perfumery?

What is the Future of Perfumery?

Tous au Parfum, First International Meeting of Perfume Professions

Tous Au Parfum – Paris, July 1 – 2022

New Luxury Code

The New Luxury Code

During Paris Packaging Week, exhibit your products, participate to conferences and debates during the day, network and enjoy a great evening in Paris.

PARIS, FRANCE, May 12, 2022 / — During this First International Meeting of Perfume Professions, Perfumers, Designers, Brands, Distributors, Producers of Raw Materials, Manufacturers of Packaging, Retailers, Teachers, Publicists come together to discuss and define the orientations of the perfume and perfume products professions, in response to the challenges of the changed world.

Tous au Parfum! In Ancient Greece, ‘Aller au Parfum’ meant getting together (like when in France we say ‘Going to the Café’). There they discussed everything. Today, in everyday French language “Tous au Parfum” means “being in the know”.
Including the sharing of ideas, a forum for discussions, face-to-face meetings, debates of opposing positions, open dialogue, fair information, collaboration, the freedom of creativity is born, innovation and therefore development.

Under the chairmanship of perfumer Serge Lutens and an important International Honorary Committee, tributes will be paid to eminent contemporary figures in perfumery, including Jean Kerléo, perfumer of Jean Patou and Founder of the Osmothèque, and Pierre Dinand, creator of countless perfume bottles.

On the program: conferences, workshops, the New Luxury Awards ceremony and a Gala Dinner, in support of Murano glassmakers.

Organized by the International Perfume Foundation and Marquise Invest, this 3rd edition of the New Luxury Awards will reward perfumers and brands for their efforts in protecting the environment and respecting the New Luxury Code.

The international partners of the event are: Beauty Cluster Barcelona (, Paris Packaging Week (http://www.parispackagingweek) and Autur City (

This event will take place at Place St Germain des Prés in the superb Hotel de l’Industrie, the ideal place to host this first international meeting of Perfumery professions and discover the future of the perfume industry, sustainable packaging, new extraction processes, know-how and to smell the most beautiful fragrances.

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About International Perfume Foundation (IPF)
Founded by Creezy Courtoy in 1995, IPF is the only organization that works to preserve the heritage of perfume and cares about its future. Its main activities are Education, Certification and Research.

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Inauguration Ceremony of the Hexagon Monument on June 18th & 19th, 2022


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Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Vietnam June 19th, 2022

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After Decades of Confinement Mother and Daughter Elephants on Their Way to Freedom

Pocha and Guillermina at Mendoza EcoParque
Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, new home for Pocha and Guillermina
Pocha and Guillermina receive fresh food while taking a break from the journey to sanctuary

Elephants Pocha and Guillermina are making their way f…