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37 million dead bees in Canada

"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. 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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    1. re: jrvedivici

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

    2. 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. 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

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

        2. 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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          1. re: girloftheworld

            ... 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

          2. 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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            1. re: ospreycove

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

              1. re: jrvedivici

                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.

                1. re: Jerseygirl111

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