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37 million dead bees in one Ontario farm


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#1    redhen

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

"More than 37 million honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, according to beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost the bees from 600 hives in June. He and many others are pointing to insecticides called neonicotinoids, used in planting corn and some other crops."

MSN story here

Similar problems in the UK;

"Certain neonicotinoids were banned by the European Commission earlier this year, despite resistance by the UK Government, because of fears the chemicals kill bees. Now a study by the University of Sussex has claimed the pesticides accumulate in the soil and water, potentially damaging a wider range of wildlife and the soil itself."

The EU protection policy;

"The European Commission has adopted a proposal (Regulation (EU) No 485/2013) to restrict the use of 3 pesticides belonging to the nenicotinoid family"

Say what you want about the EU parliament/commissions, but they always seem to be at the forefront of environmental issues.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:56 AM

Bee, i hate them. But i love the fact they hold such a high importance to the eco system. Proves Small and insignificant, can be very significant ^^

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:14 PM

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If we had a competent and conscientious government in this country we would immediately follow Europe's lead and ban the neonicotinoid pesticides.  That, from a guy who dispensed other pesticides from airplanes for 9 years.

Unfortunately our government is completely owned and controlled by industry and crony capitalists, including the various pesticide companies.

If the bees are gone, the human diet will be hugely effected for the worse.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

Hmm, I wonder where Monsanto is in all of this.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

I think Monsanto is definitely a factor here that should be considered.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:45 PM

I'm allergic to bee stings, but a world without bees would be a sad thing.  I hope whatever is killing them stops.  I've heard so many theories, but no definitive proof of any of them.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 05:48 PM

View Postmoonshadow60, on 04 July 2013 - 04:45 PM, said:

I'm allergic to bee stings, but a world without bees would be a sad thing.  I hope whatever is killing them stops.  I've heard so many theories, but no definitive proof of any of them.

I understand a world without bees would not only be a sad thing, but a dead thing. I don´t have figures on my desk as to how many crops rely on insect pollination, but the last time I looked the figure was staggering.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:23 PM

DANG!

This issue is getting worse. For pollinator's to increasingly die should be considered a major threat to certain types of food supplies, ultimately affecting the entire ecosystem as well as, of course, human food supply availability.

I truly hope that un-biased biological investigator's will determine the cause(s) and that their findings are taken seriously to THE POINT OF CHANGES.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:47 PM

Someone knows exactly why this is happening.  People privy to that information do not care.  They think money can save them from whatever comes.  If we don't wrest control of our government(s) from big business, very bad things are in store for Planet Earth.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:47 PM

View PostZaphod222, on 04 July 2013 - 05:48 PM, said:

I understand a world without bees would not only be a sad thing, but a dead thing. I don´t have figures on my desk as to how many crops rely on insect pollination, but the last time I looked the figure was staggering.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHA!!!  Quick, get your secretary to get you those figures on your desk....... STAT!!!


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:39 AM

Bees pollinate crops saturated with all manner of insecticides and bees die. Meanwhile, urban bees thrive in our concrete jungles where they are, for the most part, not exposed to said chemicals. Where's the mystery?


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:12 PM

I came home one day to a swarm of bees at my front door.There were thousands of them.I know it is not wise to walk into a swarm but I thought,well hell,this is my home & they gotta go somewhere else.I just very carefully walked through them saying" Hey sweeties,this is my house & I'm going inside to my home.They must have heard me because I had not one sting on my way in.Mind you I was fully clothed with a jacket & jeans etc coming from work.In the past couple of days prior,I had the experience of a bee near my workplace warehouse flying over & landing just below my eye on my face.I tried to keep my cool and he/she eventually flew off my face.PHEW! LOL!Maybe that was a scout that warned all other colonies that I was a friend! LOL Now I have a loquat tree in my backyard & I notice that many bees fly through it.I thought that there was a decline in Bee population ,but with this tree,I have faith that there still is a functioning Bee population & many colonies here in Sydney Australia.

Edited by GirlfromOz, 05 July 2013 - 02:37 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:20 PM

Yes. Not good.


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

There's problems and there's solutions. The problem and it's source are pretty evident in this case. If it wasn't a big chemical-biochemical corporation, the most likely candidate I'd say would be climate change, and pollution the second.

I hate it when people obey the law so much they can't save the world.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:18 AM

20 odd years ago I lost both my bee hives because of mites  some types of bee like creatures know how to remove the mites  ( wasps, hornets, mason bees being a few of the smart ones ) but for some reason ( or so I was told by someone who knew more than I did ) most honey bees are to stupid to realize they need to remove mites from themselves and from the hive.





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