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Devastating honeybee loss reported across United States


http://youtu.be/5nO9Uaou2Nw

Via Catholic.org

Fifty percent of the domestic honeybee population is dead, the greatest single-year loss of honeybees in the United States ever recorded. The dramatic loss of the bees is expected to affect consumers.



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Time to stop aluminum oxide

Time to stop aluminum oxide chemtrailing.

Unintended consequences.

Neonicotinoids are not just used on crops. Imidacloprid and acetamiprid are neonicotinoids found in two of the VERY few (like... three) effective residual sprays for pyrethroid-resistent Bed Bugs left that are labelled for mattress treatments. The other one has chlorfenapyr as the active ingredient, which takes 10-14 days to kill an adult Bed Bug (as they mate and lay eggs all the while). Banning neonicotinoids because of a SUSPECTED link to honeybee deaths will have one specific unintended consequence that will suck very bad, I assure you.

At one point in my life, I would never wish Bed Bugs on anybody, but now I sincerely hope that all the anti-insecticide people who really don't know much about insecticides get Bed Bugs. There is a human cost to having regulatory zeal without knowledge, and some of you guys need to deal with it first hand. A LOT of other people have to deal with Bed Bugs who don't deserve to because we can't use diazinon and bendiocarb anymore (for instance). We could use a neonicotinoid ban like we could use another hole in our heads.

Sorry, but it needed to be said.

I just bought 3 gallons of

I just bought 3 gallons of citrus honey from a honey farmer 25 miles from me. I paid $20 a gallon. I'm curious to know how much you guys pay for your honey by the gallon, and what you honey producers normally sell your honey for.

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--Voltaire

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I've noticed...

I've lived in St. Petersburg Florida my entire life, and never seen a honey bee outside until maybe 10 years ago. Before that there were lots of wasps, but I never saw any bees. These days my entire neighborhood is literally swarming with honey bees. I haven't found any big nests yet, but there are bees all over the flowers in my back yard all day long. Of course, I don't mind. They generally keep to themselves, although my dog has been bitten twice in the last year. I think what's happening is that the bees are migrating to areas that Monsanto hasn't already drenched with poison. There are lots of pesticides in the City, but possibly not something that Monsanto would be spraying on crops...

Plenty of honeybees in my yard

I'm in CT, and they just came out this week. Every single flower in my yard is COVERED with honeybees, more than I've seen in a long time. Not just the honeybees, tons of bumblebees too. I have four heather bushes that have 300 or 400 alone, and then the flowering cherry trees are covered as well. On the downside, we also have lots of nasty hornets, I've been waterboarding them.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

I wonder if it could have anything to do with what they are...

spraying in the skies to seed the clouds? I would be curious to see if the problem is as severe in unaffected countries.

EU to ban pesticides linked to bee deaths

A vote at the European Commission on Monday means a continent-wide ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths could be in place later this year.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/10025385/EU-to-...

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Is it all bee species or just the honeybee? Global or in the US?

Is the die-off all bee species or just the honeybee? Because whenever I see bees in action around my flowers, there are up to ten different kinds: bumblebees, honey bees, very small types, black bees, among others.

Is the situation global or just in the US? Russia does a lot of beekeeping. Is the situation very bad there as well?

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

All pollinators are declining.

I don't know about Russia, per se, but the honeybee decline is a global phenomenon. I highly recommend the PBS documentary "Silence of the Bees." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cU9ZunVl3o

P.S. In Italy, after a pesticide ban, the honeybees began to recuperate.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I have found that one of the best ways to get rid of bees...

is a can of spray paint and a lighter if you are feeling like getting a little dangerous, or you can just be safe and boring by using a water hose with a sprayer nozzle.

But, if their aren't armies of people with spray paint, lighters, and hoses going around destroying the United State's bee population, then I would have to guess it has something to do with pesticides.

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Downvoted by insect rights activists?

I guess I offended somebody...

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This is a major catastrophe

This is a major catastrophe and needs to be addressed at all levels and every possible cause examined very quickly.

EPA Sued Over Bee-Toxic Pesticides by

the Center for Food Safety, beekeepers, and public interest groups.
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/1911/beeke...

This was mentioned in the Dan Rather report below, which focused on the situation in California with the almond industry (that supplies 80% of the world's almonds). Yes! As one of the plaintiffs said: "It’s time for EPA to recognize the value of bees to our food system and agricultural economy.”

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Dan Rather Reports

Dan Rather Reports - Buzzkill

Enter a fascinating world of the largest mass pollination event on earth. Starts at 01:30, 35 minutes

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In Italy, after the pesticide ban

the bees were healthier. But it's interesting here, in an article on the Italian ban, what is said about mono-cropping, one of the problems as per the poem I posted, To Bee Or Not To Bee. It's amazing to me how nature takes care of these things: honeybees *thrive* where they have a varied diet (not just almonds or blueberries). According to the article, the "pests" do not!
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"Despite lawsuits from the chemical industry, the Italian government has prevailed and kept the suspension in place.

And, Panella added, industry warnings that the suspension would result in drastically reduced yields, have not materialized.

He says there were modest losses to pests, but only in areas where mono cropping was common. In places where crop rotations were used, "there was no damage, and no need for chemicals!"

For his part, Greatti Morena told me, "In North Italy, where the corn is the most important crop, the bees did not die in 2009, and the same thing happened this year (second year of ban)."

http://www.onearth.org/blog/pesticide-ban-a-big-win-for-ital...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Thank You Frasrepublic, and Dan Rather, For The Video.

Since Mansanto and the rest of the GMO spreaders are international, this is a worldwide problem.

Do you like to eat?

Without Honeybees famine may appear in the future, I just hope it's not in the United States.

Anyone interested in further education in Honeybees and what they do, I recommend the ABC and XYZ of bee culture book, first published in 1877 by A.I.Root, with updates available:

http://books.google.com/books/about/The_ABC_and_Xyz_of_Bee_C...

Not only END THE FED, but also Save The Bees, is my battle cry!

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And mine!

As reflected in this poem on the subject: http://www.dailypaul.com/281864/to-bee-or-not-to-bee?page=1

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Excellent report! FOOD prices will necessarily skyrocket.

As the commercial beekeeper Jim Doan noted at the conference (the beekeeper who lost ALL his hives this past year, which he had to start over, this ONE beekeeper whose bees pollinate 10% of ALL of New York's apples): what's happening re the almond industry in California, is happening with the blueberry industry in Maine, IS HAPPENING ALL OVER.

That was UNBELIEVABLE that, at the "Pollinator 2013 Summit" conference hosted by THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, (attended by beekeepers from all over)- it was PESTICIDE MANUFACTURERS who gave most of the presentations and did most of the moderating of discussion: BAYER, SYNGENTA, DUPONT, MONSANTO... What the heck?!#$%^&*()

EVERYONE, EVEN within the government agencies, believes that among the contributing factors to MASSIVE BEES DEATHS at least SOME of it is related to pesticides. And yet when the Dupont guy was asked if there were any specific actions or tests being done on the potential impact to honeybees and other pollinators, the answer was: NO. Most of what was talked about was advances in corn production to reduce dust.

But I do think Dan Rather underestimated the EFFECT of losing bees. He said a third of all food crops require animal pollination. That seems to be the latest estimate, but that's GLOBALLY. That's the food that feeds the world; not all of the world's population eat a VARIED DIET. While it's true that the major staples of wheat, corn, and rice (that is, starches) do NOT require animal pollination, that category of food does NOT supply the VITAMINS and MINERALS we need for health derived from FRUITS, VEGETABLES, and NUTS, which mostly do require pollination.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Another great movie worth the

Another great movie worth the watch. It really brings home how close we are to a catastrophic break down in the food supply and why we need to change the way we do agriculture starting right now. Some of the bee keeper lost 70% of their hives. One guy won't bring his bees to agricultural areas anymore he keeps them in the mountains of Colorado and he stopped losing hives in mass and only had normal losses which were minor... It seems like we have to learn everything the hard way.

You'd think these growers would get a clue too they pay billions to have bees brought in why not hire bee keepers and plant a diversity of bee friendly plants in and around their orchards and fields and keep their own bees. And cut the pesticides way back if not completely? Naw that makes to much sense.

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I Met Almond Growers In California,

That had spent a lot of money buying boxes of Honey bees for themselves.

It just didn't work out economically for them because bees need to saturate Almond orchards for good pollination, and after the Almond season {Feb/March} they need good bee forage areas to reproduce and store Honey for their future survival, with fuel prices at about $4 per gallon and at 4-5 miles per gallon average on big truck milage expense to good forage areas, think about the cost. ??

http://books.google.com/books/about/The_ABC_and_Xyz_of_Bee_C...

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Did you not read my whole

Did you not read my whole post? I said they need to plant bee friendly forage in and around their orchards. For instance they could plant clover as ground cover and lavender and salvia etc. on borders and where ever they can etc. etc... and stop spraying the dandelions. Just getting boxes of bees and then trying to truck them to good forage after the season wow brilliant... sigh!

Where there is a will there is a way they need to rethink their whole model because it is unsustainable but these growers are like addicts they see nothing but their next fix of an almond harvest and don't care how they get there which is why they will fail eventually when they cannot get bees to give them their fix!

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It's a combination of factors

It's a combination of factors killing the bees. Aluminum oxide spraying is the straw that broke the camels back, and killing the Manatees I might add. Hopefully enough economic interests are hurt that geo-engineering is discussed in plight. I'm still waiting.

What if we have a five year moratorium on geo-engineering and weather modification to see if things improve?

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My brother is a bee keeper in

My brother is a bee keeper in Hood River, Oregon. After a disastrous 2011, when he lost 1/2 his bees, he packed up shop and moved his hives to Montana, amongst the wild flowers. They have been much stronger since. He seems to believe it is a combination of the newer pesticides being used and a disease that bees can normally overcome.

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Monsanto ...

...also known as Satan Inc.

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Thanks for posting.

Thanks for posting. Although I recognize a likely purpose to most if not all(?) living creatures around us, I really have no great affection for insects in general, to be honest. But honeybees have always had their special place "in my heart" for some strange reason... Well, probably related to the few fascinating things we already know of, and to everything even our science still can't explain about them.

And now I find this kind of story very, very sad to learn about, and really of no good omen. :(

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Perhap Bees are...

Committing suicide? Like dolphins and whales washing up on shore?

Bad either way. Stewards of the Earth? We are fired!!!!

donvino

Poor manatees in Florida

Poor manatees in Florida dying by the truckload because of red tide caused by geo-engineering aluminum oxide spraying. What's not to like?

I wonder if scientists are

I wonder if scientists are doing any isolated experiments contaminating hives with aluminum oxide and studying the effects? This would seem like an obvious course of action given all the geo-engineering going on planetwide.

Silence of the Bees

Silence of the Bees