The Disappearing Bees...Are We Next?

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 23rd Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ia0w13r5/
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When there are no more bees to pollinate our crops, then we will have no crops, We cannot live without bees.

Colony collapse disorder

It began is 2007. Suddenly, bees were abandoning their hives, losing their honing ability and becoming disoriented, and unable to find their way back home. Scientists, federal regulators and agencies, and the media all pointed the finger at climate change, cell towers and cell phones, mites, viruses - a whole host of possible causes. It has taken until very recently, but we now know that the mass disappearance and die-off of honeybees is caused by pesticides, specifically a class of pesticides called nionicotinoids. Nionicotinoids systematically infiltrate the entire plant, from seed to flower, and they attack the nervous system of bees with devastating effects.

The European Union has banned these substances, but in the United States, where the Environmental Protection Agency protects corporate profits over the environment, nothing has been done. Dr. Brian Moench, writing in truthout.org Tuesday, July 23, 2013: "...Where Europe requires chemicals to demonstrate safety before release and is willing to take products off the shelf at a relativley low threshold of evidence, the United States does virtually the opposite. The EPA basically assumes all products are safe and will withdraw products only after they have been conclusively proven guilty of serious harm...

The chemical companies Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, DuPont and Monsanto...have waved a smokescreen in front of the bee calamity, claiming the mystery cannot yet be solved and not even precautionary action need be taken."

Eighty-seven different food crops, which supply ninety percent of the world's nutrition, are pollinated by bees. Colony collapse disorder need not happen, but thanks to corporate malfeasance on a grand scale, we may be dooming both honeybees - and ourselves - to extinction.

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Bees, Colony Collapse Disorder, Ecology, Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmentalism, Epa, Nionicotinoids, Pesticides, Pollination, Steve Kinsman, Sufoximines

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Grumpybear
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Pesticides are not only dangerous for bees but I believe they are poisoning us also. Science is killing mankind. Good page Steve. :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Grumpybear. I appreciate that.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Jul 2013 (#)

yes I agree...science and inhumanity is killing so much good...why oh why....what a bloody conondrum...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Good points, Steve. We should all be concerned about this.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you very much Connie.

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author avatar Mariah
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Well I wish we could live without bees.. not too fond of them to say the least but if needs must then long may they thrive
Mariah

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author avatar Souvik
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Very good article Steve. I dont know much about bees and environmental concerns. But any living being which is important for maintaining the ecological balance should be nurtured.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Yes indeed, Souvik. You are so very right. thank you.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

I'm so scared of bees actually because I had been bitten by that already but I admit I like the honey.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Jul 2013 (#)

I can't imagine a world without honey.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Bees are actually relatively gentle creatures whose only purpose in life is to do us good . If they are forced to sting then they die , unlike their counterpart , the wasp who serve no good purpose in general .... it is madness that the USA won't do all it can to protect such a valuable creature as the bee , for all mankind's sake....but , say no more.... Thank you Steve for trying to enlighten blind eyes in this matter .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar spgreaney
24th Jul 2013 (#)

I don't mind them, but still I wouldn't like to get stung.

But it's interesting that the EU took measures to protect the environment and its species by taking the necessary steps. They are here for a reason, so it would be a pity if they had disappeared

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thought provoking, Steve. The general awareness pales into insignificance when big boys have their heyday. All species have their role in the whole creative process, the general survival and to balance Eco-system. But we may take the cake in wanton destruction egged on by greed and devil may care attitude that has caught on everywhere - siva

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Great article, Steve! I became interested in this after my ecology class at Anthem College Online.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
24th Jul 2013 (#)

A bee extinction would have unimaginable consequences for the planet and thus us humans. It's quite worrying that no one in the U.S. is going to take any precautions, change policies and so on to avoid that disaster. Good report, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Right you are Mike. Thank you.

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author avatar M G Singh
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting post Steve and food for thought

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

An important issue. Good article. Thanks for posting, Steve. :) NAMASTE

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author avatar vpaulose
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Extiction of bees is the extinction of humanity.

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author avatar vpaulose
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Sorry my brother Steve it should be extinction.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jul 2013 (#)

You are absolutely right, dear brother vpaulose. Thank you.

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author avatar Trillionaire
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks great article.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Trillionaire.

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author avatar sukkran
3rd Aug 2013 (#)

The importance of solving this colony collapse disorder is undeniable. Honeybees are crucial to the food supply and about one third of what we eat benefits directly or indirectly from bee pollination. Without bees harvest decrease and there may be scarcity in the food supply. Thanks for sharing an important message.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you sukkran. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar AnnH
11th Aug 2013 (#)

Nice post Steve, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Gemstar99. I appreciate that.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
9th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you for writing about this issue. Good friends of mine rescue bees, repopulate hives - pardon any incorrect terminology on my part - and are very concerned about the problem in Georgia.

They were only able to sell honey for 1/2 the season this year at our local Farmer's Market. First time in 15 years and they do not anticipate it improving next year.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Sep 2013 (#)

Good for your friends - we need more people like them. Thanks for commenting Marilyn. I appreciate it.

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