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“We’re facing the extinction of a species.” That’s what one Midwest-based large-scale commercial beekeeper told me last week at the annual gathering of the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA). And he meant it.
As one beekeeper told me, “On average, 40% over-wintering losses across the country. That’s what we’re facing. And my losses are closer to 70% — this is likely gonna be the worst year for bees.”
as evidence mounts showing pesticides to be a key catalyst in bee declines. And representatives from chemical giants like Arysta, Bayer and Monsanto made their presence known, even hosting workshops to pacify concerned beekeepers.
These corporations have a lot at stake. With the market becoming increasingly consolidated, just a few companies manufacture many of the same seeds and pesticides implicated in honey bee losses.
“Given the importance of bees in the ecosystem and the food chain and given the
multiple services they provide to humans, their protection is essential”...
“The clear link between neonicotinoid pesticides and declining bee health must sting the government into action – we can’t afford to dither when it comes to protecting these key pollinators”, said executive director Andy Atkins.
“Ministers must urgently remove these dangerous chemicals from sale, overhaul inadequate pesticide safety tests and ensure farmers have access to safe, effective alternatives to enable them to produce food without harming our bees.
“Tens of thousands of people are backing our call for a National Bee Action Plan – it’s time the government listened.”
it will take all of us to make sure they are successful, and to ensure we will have healthy bees and beekeepers for years to come
Instead of the bacterial solution being sprayed on the plant, where the target insect eats it, the genes that contain the insecticidal traits are incorporated into the genome of the farm crop. As the transformed plant grows, these Bt genes are replicated along with the plant genes so that each cell contains its own poison pill that kills the target insect.
Bees forage heavily on corn flowers to obtain pollen for the rearing of young broods, and these pollen grains also contain the Bt gene of the parent plant, because they are present in the cells from which pollen forms. Is it not possible that while there is no lethal effect directly to the new bees, there might be some sublethal effect, such as immune suppression, acting as a slow killer?
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” ― Albert Einstein
Originally posted by exitusstatuquo
My dad was a bee keeper and said watch the bees if something happens to the bees humankind will soon become extinct. He was not kidding.
Originally posted by SaneThinking
reply to post by KaiserSoze
Dang you beat me by seconds, great minds think alike is all I can say, just need to "bee" quicker LoL
Just hope that his words do not ring true (fingers crossed)
In recent years, farmers have been forced to hand-pollinate their trees, carrying pots of pollen and paintbrushes with which to individually pollinate every flower, and using their children to climb up to the highest blossoms. This is clearly just possible for this high-value crop, but there are not enough humans in the world to pollinate all of our crops by hand.
I have noticed a distinct decline in the local bee population but the wasps seem OK.
so the cause is not something effecting wasps much.