Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. A GMO corn field in Ontario, Canada, was the cause of more than 37 million bee deaths.
Few weeks ago, millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted in Ontario.
Dave Schuit is the local bee keeper who produces honey in Elmwood. Unfortunately, he lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives. Schuit said “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions”.
We got the message and while bee keepers blame the neonicotinoids for the massive bee deaths and colony collapse of bees in many countries in EU have banned neonicotionid class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture still not ban the neonicotinoids manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.
Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are two of Bayer’s best-selling pesticides. They are known to get into pollen and nectar, and damage beneficial insects like bees.
The marketing of these drugs in many European countries and the United States coincide with the occurrence of large-scale bee deaths.
Nathan Carey is another local farmer who noticed a disappearance of bees on his farm the last spring. He believes that there is a strong correlation between the disappearance of bees and insecticide use.
Scientists have long struggled to find the real cause of the massive deaths, a phenomenon they call “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). The number of honeybees in the US keeps decreasing, US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key problem.
Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory said that they believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies.
The collapse in the global honey bee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute over 30 billion to the global economy.
Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that neonicotinoid pesticides kill honeybees by damaging their immune system, making them unable to fight diseases and bacteria.
After reporting large losses of bees after exposure to Imidacloprid, it was banned for use on corn and sunflowers.
Italy, France and many other countries have rejected Bayer’s application for Clothianidin. Namely, they have banned certain neonicotinoids. The European Union after record breaking honeybee deaths in the UK, has banned multiple pesticides, including neonicotinoid pesticides.
The pesticide companies are only interested in profits and they will use any means within their power to ram their agenda through.
Sadly, Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies
Years ago, Einstein pointed out the enormity of this situation: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
Sadly, people still remain unaware of the relevance of this problem.
We strongly recommend : Stop using chemicals in your garden!!!
Thanks to the worker bees, our gardens can be mini sanctuaries, providing chest sites and food. Keep in mind that honey, pollen, wax and propolis has nutritional and medical applications.
So, if you raise your own bees, instead spraying pesticides, plant flowers that bees love !
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