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“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

By Natalie-Marie Hart

Bees have been slowly declining in number since 1972 [1]. The drop in bee populations was traditionally called “fall dwindle disease”, which is cited here for the aid of future research; even though the word disease is not applicable. In 2006, a far more rapid bee population decline ensued. The problem was renamed to “colony collapse disorder”, or less frequently “honey bee depopulation syndrome”. Despite the various mentally-challenged naming conventions of this problem, it nevertheless is becoming a very serious problem for all of us. Prior to 2006, the gradual decline was attributed to a number of causes, including pesticide use and Varroa mites. By early 2007, the decline had reached new proportions. Bees simply disappeared, instead of dying in their hives. Large bee hives became miniature ghost towns, and there is still no official explanation for the disappearance of the bees.

“Beekeepers on the east coast of the United States complain that they have lost more than 70 percent of their stock since late last year, while the west coast has seen a decline of up to 60 percent.”

— Spiegel Magazine (2007) [2]

Ask yourself how important are honeybees to the human diet? We do not even appreciate their hard work; they pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which make up 1/3 of everything we eat. Losing them could affect foods like apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers; it may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed. It is Mother Nature’s gift to us.

“The [Monsanto] study concluded that there was no evidence of a ‘toxic effect of Bt corn on healthy honeybee populations’. But when, by sheer chance, the bees used in the experiments were infested with a parasite, something eerie happened. According to the Jena study, a ‘significantly stronger decline in the number of bees’ occurred among the insects that had been fed a highly concentrated Bt. poison feed.”

— Spiegel Magazine

David Schuit a Canadian Honey Farmer runs Schuit’s Saugeen Honey near Elmwood, Ontario and is experiencing an overwhelming loss of 600 hives totalling nearly 40 million bees. This all happened when a nearby GMO cornfield was planted.

In an interview I did with David Schuit he told me about pesticides called neonicotinoids and other chemicals that are causing the death of the bees and his bees. I learned that Bayer CropScience and Syngenta create these chemicals as seeds. Genetically modified corn is one of the biggest causes for the death of the bees. These chemicals are being found in soil, plants, pollen and fructose corn syrup that is often fed to bees as cheap food to replace the honey. Many people do not even know that bees get thirsty too; when bees drink water droplets from treated plants they can die of neurotoxicity within 25 minutes.

David Schuit queen bees are dying and are being replaced every few months instead of every few years. These honey farmers are losing their livelihood because the honeybees are dying.

David Schuit in an interview:
Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions…
OMAFRA [Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Rural Affairs] tells me to have faith.

Well, I think it’s criminal what is happening, and it’s hard to have faith if it doesn’t look like they are going to do anything anyway.
The province of Ontario seems to be sitting there and allowing for GMO crops to destroy our environment. We are losing a wonderful industry that Mother Nature gave us honey. They do not care if insects die off. It is all about money and profits. It has gone to far now and they do not care what happens to the environment and the people. We are going to see GMO crops being planted this year. How much more can we take of this greed it’s winning and the environment is losing a battle. We are being affected just as much as the animals and insecticides around us.

 

 

Bibliography

1. Honey Bee Die-Off Alarms Beekeepers, Crop Growers And Researchers
http://news.psu.edu/story/185396/2007/01/29/honey-bee-die-alarms-beekeepers-crop-growers-and-researchers

2. Collapsing Colonies: Are GM Crops Killing Bees?
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/collapsing-colonies-are-gm-crops-killing-bees-a-473166.html