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MUSINGS

To Bee or Not to Bee?  That Is Really the Question

By Mystic Trish

 

There is a quote attributed to Albert Einstein that says.

“If the 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.

I do 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.

Why are 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.

Imagine 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.

CCD or 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.

During 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.

One of the key indicators of CCD is when the adult population is suddenly gone without accumulation of dead bees.

The 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.

Scientists 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.

According 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.”

Studies fault Bayer, a German Agrochemical Company in bee die-off — this is the same drug company that brings you Bayer aspirin.

Bayer 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’ reproductive success.

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.

Since 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.

What can 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 complain.

Or we will all have a very silent spring some time soon.

Trisha 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 Mystictrish@cox.net