To Bee or Not to
Bee? That Is Really the Question
By Mystic Trish
a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that says.
bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four
years to live.” Well, there is no proof he actually said that but it may not be
far from the truth.
believe as a species we would survive but we would not thrive if the honeybee
disappeared. We would not have the plant and food diversity we take for granted
now. Most of our fruits and vegetables would disappear with the honeybees. Not
to mention flowers.
the honeybees dying and why does it matter to all of us? Many people don’t know
that honeybees are an important field worker in our agriculture industries.
Long before you see people working hard to pick our fruits and vegetables
honeybees have been busy pollinating those fields and orchards so there are
fruit and vegetables to be picked.
what would happen if we had no bees to do all that pollinating. Yes there are
other pollinators such as wasps, feral bees, bats, and some birds, but none do
as much pollinating as the hard-working humble little honeybee. Honeybees are
the most economically-valuable pollinators of agricultural crops worldwide. In
the U.S., bee pollination of agricultural crops is said to account for about
one-third of the U.S. diet.
Colony Collapse Disorder is a phenomenon that first became apparent among
commercial migratory beekeepers along the East Coast during the last few months
of 2006. CCD has now been reported nationally and internationally. Since it was
recognized in 2006, CCD has destroyed colonies at a rate of about 30 percent
per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many beekeepers
claim the die rates are much higher. Previously, losses were about 15 percent
per year from a variety of pests and diseases.
February 2007, large commercial migratory beekeepers in many states reported
heavy losses attributable to CCD. Reports of losses varied widely, ranging from
losses of 30-90% of their bee colonies. Some beekeepers feared loss of nearly
all of their colonies in some cases. Surviving colonies were reportedly
weakened and might no longer be viable to pollinate or produce honey.
the key indicators of CCD is when the adult population is suddenly gone without
accumulation of dead bees.
are not returning to a hive but are leaving behind their brood (young bees),
their queen, and maybe a small cluster of adults. Another indicator is the
return worker bees that are convulsing and dying just outside the hives. This
was reported as recently as March 12, 2011.
who were working for the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) reported that the collapse of honeybee colonies is becoming a worldwide
phenomenon and will continue unless humans work to restore habitats for bees.
Because insects are so necess-ary for pollinating
crops, the report calls for profound changes in how humans manage the planet.
The world’s growing population means that more bees are needed to pollinate the
crops needed to feed more people.
to the U.N. report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the
world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent. Noting that humans seem to
believe that they can operate independent of nature through technological
innovations, Achim Steiner, the executive director of
the UNEP said, “Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less dependent
on nature’s services in a world of 7 billion people.”
fault Bayer, a German Agrochemical Company in bee die-off — this is the same
drug company that brings you Bayer aspirin.
manufactures the pesticide called clothianidin which
is a neonicotinoid insecticide actually banned in
Germany as well as France, Italy and Slovenia. These countries fear clothianidin because it’s designed to be absorbed by plant
tissue and then released in pollen and nectar in order to kill pests. It is
also dangerous to pollen and nectar- eating bees that are critical to plants’
Clothianidin was introduced to U.S. markets shortly before
the honeybee collapse, according to Environmental Protection Agency documents
leaked by a Colorado beekeeper. Over the concerns of its own scientists, they
continues to approve controversial pesticide. Beekeepers and activists have
asked the EPA to reverse their insecticide approval.
their introduction in the 1990s, they have exploded in popularity among farmers
and in products for home gardeners. Today, 90 percent of seed corn is coated
with the pesticide before planting. Further, the chemicals are the active
ingredients in hundreds of backyard products.
you do about this very real threat to our food supply? First, throw out all
fertilizer that is not organic. If it says systemic on the label, toss it. If
you don’t take care of your own yard work, ask the people who do to use organic
fertilizer. Second, contact the EPA and complain. -Third, contact Bayer and
will all have a very silent spring some time soon.
Howe is a born intuitive who started psychic training at age 15. She has over
30 years’ experience in Intuitive Counseling, Crystal Healing, Tarot, Mediumship, and Clairvoyance. Contact her at