Honeybee populations have been dying off at an alarming rate for over a decade now. As researchers look for answers, it is becoming more likely that whatever “effective strategy” emerges to save bees, may in turn save man (man and woman) from extinction too.
Over 30% of the national bee population has disappeared and nearly a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have perished in less than a decade. At the current annual rate of decline, the estimated financial loss is somewhere North of 30 billion dollars a year. I have seen no figures yet for the 2018 Farm Bill, but in 2014 the USDA responded with a paltry $3 million “investment” in farmer aid, which won’t scratch the surface of the breadth and seriousness of this largely man-caused pandemic.
Some 130 fruits and vegetables are cross pollinated by honeybees. Wild bees, when combined with commercial bees trucked all around the country for pollination purposes adds up to an estimated 80% of all food crops in the United States – that’s close to $40 billion worth of agricultural produce annually, or put another way, 1/3 of food we eat.
A combination of factors account for the dramatic loss of honeybees, including increased use of pesticides especially in the US, shrinking habitats, multiple viruses, poor nutrition and genetics, and even cell phone towers, and the parasite called the “Varroa destructor,” a mite found to be highly resistant to the insecticides that US beekeepers have used in attempts to control the mites from inside the beehives. https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2013/05/02/usda-and-epa-release-new-report-honey-bee-health
Adaptation, people! Plus, there are new virus species being discovered. Research continues, but has not nailed down the cause(s) of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
The direct link to pesticides and government abdication is particularly disturbing. Not long after the Varroa mite was first discovered in 1987, Monsanto, Bayer (new owner of Monsanto), Dow, and other chemical corporations aggressively pushed genetically modified (GMO) insecticides and herbicides onto the bee industry, claiming these new-breed chemical compounds would surely remedy the parasite invasion. GMOs weakened the bees’ natural defenses, giving the parasite ever more advantage as the “mystery” drags on, and on. In the 1970s, Monsanto began mass-producing an insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) from genetically altered corn, which when ingested by bees, binds to receptors within the bee’s stomach lining. Over time Bt’s effects keeps infected bees from eating. Death by starvation.
Of course, Monsanto categorically denies causing damage to the bee’s natural resistance to parasites, as regulatory agencies and Congress yawn, and the worldwide bee population continues to crash.
Here – right here, right now – is where you and I need to think about what GMO corn and other chemical compounds are doing to the lining of OUR stomach and intestinal tract. What is preventing us all from being attacked with compounds that compromise our immune systems? This is not a drill. You are being systematically poisoned, killed slowly for maximum “treatment” and profit, bled like Maasai cattle to feed the shareholders of these criminal enterprises.
Flunkies (partners in crime) in government do nothing but study the problem, but take no action to stop over a decade of mass extermination.
First exposed in 2007, CCD began affecting bee hives all over North America. Initially, (Bacillus Thuringiensis) Bt transgenic crops were suspected. But ccording to the USDA, “Genetically modified (GM) crops, most commonly Bt corn, have been offered up as the cause of CCD. But there is no correlation between where GM crops are planted and the pattern of CCD incidents.” Each time Monsanto and agribusiness interests are implicated in yet another environmental or health scandal, did the USDA ever tell the truth? Was there ever immediate action to protect the victims of corporate crime? Not on your life.
Another class of insecticide called neonicotinoids causes poisoning not just of one bee, but the entire colony. Bees take contaminated nectar and pollen back to the hive, creating a highly toxic hive environment affecting all the bees. Toxic hives compromise the central nervous system, which caused disorientation and bees too sick to fly. Europe and Australia now have laws banning the sale and use of bee-killing insecticides, which probably saved the bee populations from total extinction from CCD. In the U.S., to date, nada, zip, zilch.
“One U.S. study found 35 pesticides and fungicides, some at lethal doses, in the pollen collected from bees that were used to pollinate food crops in five states.” https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0070182
“Another study found bees that contacted pollen contaminated with fungicides ended up three times more likely to get infected by a parasite closely associated with Colony Collapse Disorder.” https://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/
According to Science News, annual losses between 15% and 20% can be absorbed by most beekeepers. However, from April, 2016 through March, 2017, hive losses across the U.S. ran closer to 33%. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mystery-vanishing-honeybees-still-not-definitively-solved
Feeding bee colonies with high fructose corn syrup (probably contaminated, weakening the immune system), instead of its natural self-made food is another contributing factor. Industrialized bee farms seek maximum honey yields and maximum profits, leaving no honey for the bees to consume during winter months. Corn syrup (ethanol) in your gasoline – a good way to kill a lawnmower or chain saw. Junk food (corn syrup) for bees. Junk food for humans. Kill, kill, kill.
Efforts are underway to ban neonicotinoids in Oregon, Vermont, New Jersey, Maine and California. I’m rootin’ for you guys. Montana, well, maybe when hell freezes over. We’re too busy trying to ban yoga pants. Just in time to meet the new boss: the Bayer-Monsanto conglomerate. Monsanto brought us death via Agent Orange, heroine and GMO fake-food. Bayer, on the other hand, has the drugs we’ll need to counteract Monsanto’s toxic pollution, and are responsible for neonicotinoid insecticides that’s killing bees and threatening the global food system.
“Somebody give me a cheeseburger.” (From Living in the U.S.A.) – Steve Miller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyV41-tFPcQ
Another (yawn) USDA report on declining bee populations was just released. It recommends collaboration and information sharing among stakeholders. You can’t make this shit up. When confronted with ultra-stupid stuff, I like to apply the duck test. If it looks like a military operation, swims like a military operation, and quacks like a military operation, it probably is a military operation. And guess who’s on their hit list? You and me, and honey bees.