Friday, March 26, 2010

Honey Bee Die Off Continues



I posted about this problem back in 2007.
I didn't know till recently that things gave gotten worse for the bees.

This is not good news at all... and most likely will eventually help drive up food production and increase costs while also causing mass food shortages.

In an article by GARANCE BURKE and SETH BORENSTEIN (Associated Press)- it is reported that:
The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden with pesticides.

Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada are scrambling to figure out what is behind this relatively recent threat, ordering new research on pesticides used in fields and orchards. Federal courts are even weighing in this month, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overlooked a requirement when allowing a pesticide on the market.

And on Thursday, chemists at a scientific conference in San Francisco will tackle the issue of chemicals and dwindling bees in response to the new study.

Scientists are concerned because of the vital role bees play in our food supply. About one-third of the human diet is from plants that require pollination from honeybees, which means everything from apples to zucchini.

Bees have been declining over decades from various causes. But in 2006 a new concern, "colony collapse disorder," was blamed for large, inexplicable die-offs. The disorder, which causes adult bees to abandon their hives and fly off to die, is likely a combination of many causes, including parasites, viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition and pesticides, experts say.

Too bad the bees didn't have Obamacare....

3 comments:

David Aron said...

Can anyone say Monsanto?

Who would have thought that genetically engineering plants to produce their own pesticides could have possibly let to killing insects?

Could it also be that this poison in our food, that the venerated FDA has approved, is responsible for the increasing cases of infertility, pre-mature births, autism, obesity, etc...

Gov't intervention in the food industry, including the organic market, must end if we are to ever have healthy alternatives for our diet.

John said...

Too bad the EPA was gutted under Bush...

Judy Aron said...

John - Oh yeah I forgot - it's all Bush's fault.