Bee colonies collapsing at a growing pace

Bees dying en  masse

 (Healingtalks) Thar news stories have died down about honeybee die-offs doesn’t mean  the problem of “colony collapse disorder” has disappeared.  It’s happening ever more with a vengeanc  and the growing use of pesticide.

Growing extent of bee colony die offs

Commercial beekeepers have seen average population losses of about 30 percent annually since 2006, said Paul Towers, of the Pesticide Action Network. Towers brought together beekeepers and environmental groups at a recent conference to tacke on the challenges facing the beekeeping industry.

“We are inching our way toward a critical tipping point,” said Steve Ellis, secretary of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB) and a beekeeper for 35 years. Last year his bee die-offs qualified him for disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Bee colony disappearances

Another mysterious phenomenon in that entire bee colonies, probably too poisoned and disoriented to be able to return to their hives, will literally disappear.

Bee populations also suffering from:

    • Poor health in general
    • Shorter life spans
    • Diminished vitality.

Chief cause of bees dying

While parasites, pathogens, and habitat loss can affect bee health, research increasingly points to pesticides as the primary culprit.

“In the industry we believe pesticides play an important role in what’s going on,” said Dave Hackenberg, co-chair of the NHBAB and a beekeeper in Pennsylvania.

Pesticides being studied

Of special concern among pesticides are the following

  • A group called neonicotinoids (neonics for short), especially one called clothianidin. Neonics are used to treat seeds, thus being absorbed by the plant’s who blood stream and then attacking the central nervous systems of bees that come to collect pollen.
  • Virtually all of today’s genetically engineered Bt corn is treated with neonics. Research shows bees collect pollen feast on corn plants and have other exposures to neonics.

Importance of bees

One out of every three bites of food on our plates comes directly from plants that need bee pollination.
So action needs to be taken, before its too late.

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