Originally posted by fluff007
Yet again there has been another huge dent in our bee-loved bee population. A man who runs a honey operation in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada has lost 600 hives...
About 37 million bees were found dead. Dave Schuit is blaming neonicotinoids.
Shortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada. Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. This also comes after a recent report released by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) that recorded its largest loss of honeybees ever. You can read more about that here. The European Union has stepped forward, having banned multiple pesticides that have been linked to killing millions of bees.
The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders. This results in having the pesticide dust blown into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University. They discovered that Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms. They analyzed dead bees and found that traces of thiamethoxam/clothiandin were present in each case. The only major source of these compounds are seed treatments of field crops.
If we carry on continuing to turn away from the bees. We will suffer for it. And too right. We all know the neonicotinoids are one of the main problems. The other being the bizarre weather this year..
If you want to help the bees, Build them a bee hotel. Plant bee friendly flowers. Many of which are liked by butterflies and other insects aswell. Support your local honey suppliers. Do as best you can...!
Originally posted by darrin683
I've been working hard to keep my garden fresh, and clean of all chemicals. I'm a vegetarian and i depend on these little fellas to supply me with honey, and to pollinate my plants. I regularly go to my local bee farm to buy good honey, as its a great source of natural sugars.
I live in a small town known as Chilliwack, inside of BC located a little east of Vancouver, Canada. Last few days all the farmers have been for some reason pouring, literally, chemicals all over their raspberry bushes,and other crops. I reported to the local health and awareness center as the smell and fumes just driving by were enough to force me to close my windows in the car. I've never seen it this bad here and this is one of the major farmlands of our province.. I hate to see our farmers turning away from organic growing.
Truly is a pain hearing so many helpful creatures lost their lives due to some greedy individuals. Something needs to be done, before it's to late, or perhaps it already is to late.
Now on a final note, i have taken a picture and posted it to some other threads with no response.. I have troubles distinguishing bee's. Could anyone try to inform of what kind of bee i have taken a photo of? As i can tell, there is a large abundance of these guys in my city. When i go to water my garden i clearly notice 5-10 almost immediately.
Oh before i leave i would like to add my own little bit of knowledge. I have no science backgrounds or big degrees, nor can i name half the plants i grow in my garden.. But these white little flowers that grow in the grass, i've noticed bees flock to these things in hordes. What is it that causes them to be so attracted to them? And is there any way i can perhaps aid in their growth?
It is considered to be a beneficial component of natural or organic lawn care due to its ability to fix nitrogen and out-compete lawn weeds. Natural nitrogen fixing reduces leaching from the soil and can reduce the incidence of some lawn diseases that are enhanced by the availability of synthetic fertilizer
Its use has decreased in the last 60 years as it has been replaced with nitrogen fertilizers and soybeans or alfalfa in farming; although it may show some resurgence with the growth of organic farming practices. It is a major source of nectar for what is considered one of the world’s finest honeys.