Friday, May 3, 2013

Saving the bees


As I've written before, our food supply is at risk because bees are dying off at an unprecedented rate, everywhere around the world.

Of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food, 70 are pollinated by bees. Pesticides are believed to contribute to shrinkage in the bee population.

Governments have been slow to react, but the European Union has now made a start by voting to ban three pesticides linked to bee deaths.

While activists say that the measures don't go far enough, allowing other substances that are also toxic to bees, there is no consensus on the reasons for the population plunge. Theories range from parasitic mites, to a lack of genetic diversity among breeding stock, to stress caused by the practice of transporting colonies by truck to different places to pollinate crops.

3 comments:

  1. It seems humans need to learn the hard way. Either we are too stupid to realize when there is a crisis on the horizon, or we are so self-absorbed that we barely see (or care about) what's going on beyond our little circles. I truly believe that pesticides and all kinds of poisonous chemicals that we spray and toss around recklessly are going to bite us in the a$$. Ban them, for heaven's sake. We are poisoning these (and other) important creatures, including our air, our water, ourselves.

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  2. My money is on pesticides. I'm sure lack of genetic diversity and transportation stress are not good for bees either, but how could bees NOT be affected by all the poisons put on crops to control such things as . . . insects???? People better start smartening up before it's too late. Yeah, I know the likelihood of THAT.

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  3. When I went to see a bee hive colony last week I was interested to see it's human owner was 'medicating' the bees. She had two different 'medicines' she used. So far her bees have done well but it is very small compared to what is out there. It is such a worry.

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