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37 million dead bees in Canada

youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 04:29 AM

"The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders. This results in having the pesticide dust blown into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University. They discovered that Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms. They analyzed dead bees and found that traces of thiamethoxam/clothiandin were present in each case. The only major source of these compounds are seed treatments of field crops."



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  1. jrvedivici RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 07:40 AM

    No problem! Now onto finding a honey bee vaccine so they will be able to withstand the pesticide/poisoncide we put on our foods!

    Oh even better! Lets see if we can change the bee's DNA so they will "naturally" adapt!

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      sandiasingh RE: jrvedivici Sep 29, 2013 07:49 AM

      I believe they have already invented a bionic bee, so not to worry!

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        youareabunny RE: sandiasingh Sep 29, 2013 08:55 AM


    2. Veggo RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 08:07 AM

      This is a very serious threat to all produce in North America, I don't think we should joke about it. Here in Florida, growers of all sorts are having difficulty renting enough bees for pollination seasons.

      1. linguafood RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 10:23 AM

        It's a worldwide issue (not just in North America), and a serious one.

        The EU has banned the use of neonicotinoids as of this year.

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        1. re: linguafood
          EM23 RE: linguafood Sep 29, 2013 02:11 PM

          Between the pesticides and the killer hornets, it sucks to be a bee these days.

        2. girloftheworld RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 10:32 AM

          I heard a mom quip "thank god my son is so allgeric to bees"
          I was horrifide that her thinking didnt go beyond her precicous little snowflake.

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            youareabunny RE: girloftheworld Sep 30, 2013 12:00 AM

            ... SMFH

            Several years ago there was a great white attack that happened at a local beach and one man died. It was sad, naturally, but I had a friend post something like "omg what is happening to the world, we can't even swim anymore"

            .... as much as I wanted to believe that he was referring to the issue of over fishing which leads larger predators to shore in search of food, I think he wasn't. SMH

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            ospreycove RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 11:54 AM

            A kill off of bees will do more to cause hyper food cost rises than almost any other activity, including the doubling/tripling of fuels!!

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              jrvedivici RE: ospreycove Sep 29, 2013 12:21 PM

              If you wouldn't mind elaborating I would like to know how or why.

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                Jerseygirl111 RE: jrvedivici Sep 29, 2013 01:41 PM

                Humans have not been able to reproduce a mechanical method as cheaply and efficiently as the bees pollination of fruits and vegetables. The only method of comparable results is to do it by hand, a time consuming, expensive procedure.

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                  jrvedivici RE: Jerseygirl111 Sep 29, 2013 05:17 PM

                  Ahhhhh gotcha! Don't know why I didn't figure that out on my own.

            2. emglow101 RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 12:37 PM

              That's sad to hear. I planted multiple pollinator plants in my garden this year.Happy bees = Happy plants.

              1. breadchick RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 03:06 PM

                This isn't the first time I've heard of the connection between this pesticide and the demise of bees. It's a wake up call.

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                  youareabunny RE: breadchick Sep 30, 2013 12:01 AM

                  It's up to Monsanto

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                  sedimental RE: youareabunny Sep 29, 2013 04:20 PM

                  Maybe "silent spring" should be recommended reading in schools.

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                    ski_gpsy RE: sedimental Sep 30, 2013 06:29 PM

                    Don't you mean Congress?

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