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Massive Worldwide Bee Decline Continues as Pesticide Companies Ramp Up the PR

On May 13 reported that bee colonies in the United States have been devastated, and now similar devastation is being reported from the United Kingdom. If colonies continue to collapse at this rate, many primary food sources are going to become scarce due to lack of pollination. Meanwhile, the purveyors of Neonicotinoid pesticides such as Monsanto and Bayer are creating 'study groups' that appear to be intended to find ways to save the bees without them having to accept bans of their pesticide. The US has no plans to ban the substances, but the EU is considering doing so.

Monsanto Co., which two years ago bought an Israeli bee research company, will be hosting an industry conference on bee health at its headquarters in the US in June. Bayer CropScience is building a “bee health center” in North Carolina, and with fellow chemical giant, Syngenta, has developed a “comprehensive action plan” for bee health. None of these entities seem interested in studying the effects of the damaging pesticide on bees, and they may well be little more than an effort to create a false debate about it so that it won't be taken off the market.

What will happen if we lose our bees? Approximately 52% of all food crops will cease to pollinate, and there is no artificial means of correcting this. This would mean that essentially every flowering crop that depends on bee pollination would fail, leading to a food crisis of epic proportions--in fact, a crisis that would be unrecoverable. But, to Congress and the US regulatory authorities, it would appear that it is more important to keep those Neonicotinoid profits flowing to Monsanto and Bayer than it is to avoid famine.

For a vivid illustration of what a produce department would look like if pollination ends, click here.

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I remember when I was a child, and I am 64 now, that on my parents wooded acre property every clover had a honey bee on it and you were hard pressed not to step on them. The other day while I was mowing my grass I saw one lone bee and I tried very hard not to mow over it. Also I have noticed a steep decline in bumble bees and carpenter bees. You just don't see them anymore. Sad, very sad and frightening!!!

Those responsible - Monsanto, Ortho, Bayer, etc. MUST be taken to task for this atrocity before it's too late. If we lose the bees, we lose numerous produce crops on which we depend, and on a sadder note - we lose honey. Winnie the Pooh must be beside himself at this point!
Money talks, and these Mega-Corporate Pigs depend on mega-bucks to continue their plundering...

If our bees go, we're going to experience food shortages and nutritional problems, but you can be sure that Monsanto and Bayer will be saying in chorus, 'not our fault.' And the gov't will back them and the media will agree. Meanwhile, for the first time in over a hundred years, many Americans will be going hungry. Eventually, all of us. We are left in the position of having to hope to God that it doesn't happen, but unfortunately, it appears that it will. If the suspect pesticides were banned tomorrow, it would take 2 or 3 years for our hives to repopulate. If we wait another two years, we are going to see a fundamental failure of our bee population that may be irrecoverable.

I think it is affecting us in Australia as well. When I was a child there were European honey bees everywhere in the garden, and our tiny native stingless bees became increasingly rare. I have noticed over the last couple of years that you will see less than half a dozen european bees at any time pollinating, however the native bees are becoming more common again which is great, however they don't tend to pollinate the introduced crops. I have observed declining yields since about 2000 or so; in things like pumpkin and fruit trees in my garden which require bee polination.

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