Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline
| Alok Jha, science correspondent | guardian.co.uk | Monday 3 January 2011 |
The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and low genetic diversity in bee populations.
Bumblebees are important pollinators of wild plants and agricultural crops around the world including tomatoes and berries thanks to their large body size, long tongues, and high-frequency buzzing, which helps release pollen from flowers.
Bees in general pollinate some 90% of the world’s commercial plants, including most fruits, vegetables and nuts. Coffee, soya beans and cotton are all dependent on pollination by bees to increase yields. It is the start of a food chain that also sustains wild birds and animals.
But the insects, along with other crucial pollinators such as moths and hoverflies, have been in serious decline around the world since the last few decades of the 20th century. It is unclear why, but scientists think it is from a combination of new diseases, changing habitats around cities, and increasing use of pesticides.
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Researchers examined eight species of North American bumble bees and found that the “relative abundance of four species has dropped by more than 90 percent, suggesting die-offs further supported by shrinking geographic ranges”…
“Compared with species of relatively stable population sizes, the dwindling bee species had low genetic diversity, potentially rendering them prone to pathogens and environmental pressures.”
Their cousins, the honey bees, have also experienced catastrophic die-offs since 2006 in a phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder,” though the causes have yet to be fully determined.
Bumble bees also make honey, but it is used to feed the colony, not farmed for human consumption.
They are however raised in Europe for pollinating greenhouse vegetables in a multi-billion-dollar industry that has more recently taken off in Japan and Israel and is being developed in Mexico and China, Cameron said.
Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved bee-killing pesticide
| by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer | NaturalNews | Wednesday, January 05, 2011 |
(NaturalNews) A Colorado beekeeper recently obtained a leaked document revealing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows a popular crop pesticide is killing off honey bees, but has allowed its continued approval anyway. Despite opposition from its own scientists, EPA officials first gave the a-okay to Bayer CropScience’s toxic pesticide clothianidin in 1993 based on the company’s own flawed safety studies. But now it has been revealed that the EPA knew all along about the dangers of clothianidin and decided to just ignore them.
By now, most people know that honeybees are dying off at an incredibly disturbing rate. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition where bees stray from the hive and never find their way back, is nixing millions of nature’s pollinators every year. Previous studies have pinpointed various environmental toxins as the primary culprits, including toxic pesticides like clothianidin
And the leaked document, which was written by the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that “[c]lothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (honey bees)” and that “[a]cute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis.” The letter was in response to a request from Bayer to have clothianidin approval expanded for use on cotton and mustard in addition to its other approved uses.
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TheAlexJonesChannel | October 07, 2010 |
Filmmaker Michael J. Murphy and G. Edward Griffin talk with Alex about What in the World Are They Spraying,
a documentary that covers chemtrails and the rapidly developing industry called geo-engineering
driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate,
controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water
all supposedly for the betterment of mankind.
Michael J. Murphy is an independent journalist and political activist from the Los Angeles area
whose work focuses on issues that go beyond the interest of the corporate mainstream media.
G. Edward Griffin is an author, film producer, and political lecturer.
Griffin founded Freedom Force International, a libertarian activist network, and is the author of numerous books,
including the classic The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve.
| In my opinion, this next video would have been better without Alex mimicking the young environmentalist going door to door collecting money for the large organizations, but it has some very good information just the same. – mcc |
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