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Bees continue to die in their millions


Posted on Thursday, 4 July, 2013 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: redhen


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Concerns deepen over the future of bee populations after another mass die-off takes place in Canada.

A few weeks ago up to 25,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, sparking concerns over the insects' continued decline. Now it has emerged that more than 37 million bees across 600 hives have also been reported dead in Ontario, Canada. Known as 'colony collapse disorder', the mysterious condition that is destroying bee populations all over the world is quickly becoming a critical issue.

"More than 85 percent of Earth’s plant species - many of which compose some of the most nutritional parts of our diet - require pollinators to exist," said conservationist Eric Mader. "Yet we continue to see alarming declines in bee numbers."

"Just weeks after tens of thousands of bumblebees, honeybees and lady bugs were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, more than 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada, reports Collective Evolution."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by jules99 on 23 July, 2013, 7:09
I like your positive take on it... but , honestly , i was thinking more along the lines of.... You get to pollinate 10 acres of cucumbers for FOODCO and you get to eat, that day. The peanut pollination division will pay you in peanuts. Bees dying off is a very bad thing.. and it's being ignored ? Hand pollination of rhododendrons looks interesting; Bees dying off will be felt at our own expense, the implications are disastrous.
Comment icon #26 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 23 July, 2013, 8:34
And bumblebees are not doing much better, granted they don't do as much as a average hive of honey bees ( their hives are much smaller and some plants have flowers that are just too small for a bumblebee) they seem to be slowly vanishing as well, and there is nothing in the news about that because nobody uses bumble bees for pollination ( therefore making money off them) except mother nature.
Comment icon #27 Posted by redhen on 23 July, 2013, 12:16
and there is nothing in the news about that because nobody uses bumble bees for pollination ( therefore making money off them) except mother nature. The ICUN has only recently formed a bumblebee group to do assessments as to their status.
Comment icon #28 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 23 July, 2013, 23:10
The ICUN has only recently formed a bumblebee group to do assessments as to their status. better late than never I guess, but as I have only seen two bumblebees this year it may already be too late in my area. OH and I just saw my fifth honey bee of the year today.
Comment icon #29 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 11 August, 2013, 9:28
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 f... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Jeremiah65 on 11 August, 2013, 15:20
It is an alarming trend that our propaganda mouthpieces...aka...the MSM is silent on. I am convinced as another poster said that someone, somewhere knows exactly what is causing this. I am equally sure in my opinion that it has something to do with GMO or the insecticides mentioned earlier. I guess this will give another genetics company an excuse to create a strain of genetically modified bees that will resist the insecticides...the sad side effect of this new strain of bees will be that their stings will be lethal to humans and livestock. I live outside of town on a mountain and while I do n... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 11 August, 2013, 18:51
first we start knocking down trees,and now this?
Comment icon #32 Posted by brlesq1 on 13 August, 2013, 12:22
I read recently (can't remember where) that it's not just one pesticide, but a witches' brew of about nine.
Comment icon #33 Posted by hammerclaw on 26 September, 2013, 2:21
Ironically, the common denominator is the Bee Keepers themselves and possibly something they themselves are putting in their hives that is causing bees to die. Obviously, it would be something seemingly innocuous, such as a commonly used substance to control mold and mildew.
Comment icon #34 Posted by questionmark on 26 September, 2013, 13:47
Ironically, the common denominator is the Bee Keepers themselves and possibly something they themselves are putting in their hives that is causing bees to die. Obviously, it would be something seemingly innocuous, such as a commonly used substance to control mold and mildew. Any beekeeper, with just two functioning neurons, tests any new product small scale first. You are playing with your livelihood when harm comes to your bees.


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