The Tragic Decline of the Bee and how it affects us all.

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Terminator Seeds, neonicotinoid pesticides and the increasingly harsh winters due to the greenhouse effect are all contributors to the devastating decline of the humble bee

Is there a ban in sight?

It looks like at last we might be getting a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, or at least in Europe, these nasty pesticide are linked to the increase in bee deaths, now when I say ban that’s not initially true, the proposal by the European Commission, that they should be restricted to crops other than those attractive to bees and other Wild species that pollinate.

France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia have already put in some restrictions on the use of the main three neonicotinoids they are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam, the vote for a ban in on Monday 6th May where lobbyist will present a petition consisting of nearly three million signatures in support of a ban

The Friends of the Earth

Andrew Pendleton from "Friends of the Earth" said "leading retailers have already taken action by removing these pesticides from their shelves and supply chains - the UK government must act too".

Chemical companies and pesticide manufacturers say that the findings are inadequate, and that a ban would harm food production. But let us face it, if all the bee die will that not have the same affect? We HAVE to make a stand against these harmful pesticides.

It is not JUST the bees

Between 1972 and 2006, a dramatic reduction in the number of feral honey bees in the US was recorded; pesticides were blamed along with other factors, bumblebee’s solitary bees and other native pollinators will often survive in wild areas away from crop spraying but are frequently caught up and poisoned when farmers spray hedgerows for mosquitoes, gypsy moths, and other insect pests, but it is not just the pollinators that are being killed, the blossoms and wild flowers that the bees depend on are also being destroyed and this in turn adds to the increasing decline of the bee population.

Albert Einstein

Just think, if we in the UK could find a contributor who would donate two hundred million pounds to the economy free of charge we would be very happy would we not? Well bees do that for us.

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." ~ Albert Einstein ~
Somehow I do not think it is that drastic but it makes one think.

WHY

Man seems to be intent on destroying all life on this Earth including himself, apart from the greenhouse effect he is destroying the forest, polluting the seas killing each other with wars and now poisoning the bees, someone has to say STOP before it is too late.

This poem by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns says it all.

"Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!"

How can YOU help? support organisations like "The Bumblebee Trust"

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Yes I have heard so much about GMO food being linked to the honeybee decline. Of course anyone who thinks pesticides are also not part of the problem is a fool, more worried about their perfectly green lawn and perfect looking fruit than survival of our species or another species.

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author avatar caroline syokao
12th Jul 2013 (#)

This is a highly informative article. Thanks.

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author avatar ispeakthetruth
6th Oct 2013 (#)

I tried to grow a garden this year. It's the first year I had very few tomatoes. I think it is because of shortage of pollinators.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Apr 2013 (#)

This is an issue that is most vital!... thank you johnnydod for bringing it to our attention... its importance so well high lighted in your informative article is "right on" and very greatly appreciated...!

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author avatar Terry Trainor
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Interesting and provoking thank you johnnydod.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Apr 2013 (#)

An educational and thought provoking post, Johnnydod. We prove we are our own worst enemies and increasingly of the whole creative process so lovingly nurtured by an unseen hand. And we are are going forward with scientific discovery without moral upgrade, or rather we regress with each passing day due to our greed and thoughtless actions. It is not far off when by pressing one button we will destroy the whole planet. Time we got back to the drawing board of basics to survive even as we race in our inexorable march of scientific and technological progress - siva

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author avatar Shirley Shuler
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Excellent article, Johnny. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Timely article with a little hope for bees. Much appreciated.

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author avatar Chris Breva
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Excellent article Johnny. Our greed and so-called technology will be the end of us yet. Thank you for for bringing this out.

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author avatar johnbee
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Good info. Losing the Bees will be a tragic loss.

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author avatar Bets
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Heey JOhnnydod, This is a fascinating article. My paternal grandfather was a honeybee keeper and knowing all this in the news about the little honey bee would sadden him beyond words as it does me. I am thankful for knowing the following...you wrote; "already taken action by removing these pesticides from their shelves." Applauding! Job well done! Smiles, Bets :)

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author avatar Bets
30th Apr 2013 (#)

By the way, how does one create an ending to their page as you have done letting others know about writing on wikinut? Please tell me and thank you. Bets :)

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author avatar johnnydod
1st May 2013 (#)

Hi Bets
Thanks for your nice comments, to link to your own page, or any other page, you need to use the link command,
This page should help you,
http://guides.wikinut.com/Advanced-formatting-with-the-Wikinut-editor./193xv2hv/
Let me know how you get on if you still have any problems.

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author avatar Retired
2nd May 2013 (#)

This expertly composed star page explores an issue that rides at the pinnacle of importance...thanks for this, J!

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd May 2013 (#)

Such an important article Johnny! I heard about this too. This Planet and ecology is so fragile that it doesn't take much to upset the balance..So glad you published this my friend..\0/x

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
8th May 2013 (#)

Planet Earth rejuvenates and all for free and knows how to create new forms of life in minutes and bring the world back to live again.
She will find a way to heal and come back and catching and finishing just all who hurt and destroyed her in the past.
Join me on www.facebook.com/ladyaiyanna1 - Its Honey without money and of course we create the world we live in....

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author avatar K. I. Kellerhals
9th May 2013 (#)

The loss of bees is a scary, scary thing. I continue to be surprised it isn't taken more seriously.

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author avatar Phyllis Smith A.
11th May 2013 (#)

Interesting, informative article, Johnnydod.

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author avatar Ellen
12th May 2013 (#)

My daughter and I saw a bumble bee in the woods one day. It was huge. I had never seen such a large bumble bee. It flew back and forth in front of us as if it was curious as to what we were doing there. Then it flew back into the woods.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
1st Jun 2013 (#)

This is a rather important issue that should have alerted police regulators and all those involved with GMO, pesticides and so on. The consequences are simple unimaginable and this what Einstein wanted to convey with his quote. Great article.

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author avatar johnnydod
1st Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Mike and thanks for re-posting this on Twitter.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
10th Jun 2013 (#)

Enact laws to stop the manufacture of GMO, pesticides, insecticides and burn those kept at the shelves. Now I know why bees, butterflies and other insects are a rare sight.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Jun 2013 (#)

There has been much talk of banning pesticides but little action. I enjoyed your article and would agree.

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author avatar philpalm
21st Jun 2013 (#)

When I was doing my reading for my alfalfa article I was reading how the honey bees cheat in gathering up honey and bypass the mechanism for them to carry pollen. The Honeybee is not always the best pollinator and they use the other breeds/species of pollenators in some cases.

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author avatar CF Winn
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Our insane need to feel like we can control everything is going to backfire. This is just one of the ways. Great article. I hope it opens some eyes and minds. Nature balances itself perfectly and if we don't start flowing along with it, we'll be left behind.

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author avatar The rockin rat
8th Dec 2013 (#)

since I don't know much about pesticides I am curious to know whether it is easy to develop alternatives to these 3 chemicals can you perhaps make an article on these alternatives and if they are viable ... great article and it appears you are on the side of the bees ! :)

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author avatar johnbee
8th Dec 2013 (#)

Good post. Have a good day!

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Perhaps we are too busy in our self-destruction program, and the veil of ego, greed and power is making us do more of it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Perhaps we are too busy in our self-destruction program, and the veil of ego, greed and power is making us do more of it.

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