“To be with the bee or starve”

During an average winter in the US, ten percent of the honey bee population is lost in the winter . This year thirty there is thirty to 50 percent loss.

To be with the bee or starve that is the question.

Likely the increased use of pesticides seems to be a major cause.
One beekeeper who brings his bees to pollinated farmers crops has said, “I don’t put my bees in Florida, because the last couple of years there has been tremendous increase in pesticide use in the orange crop to fight a disease”.
The orange growers believe that the only way to control the bacterium infesting their fruit crops control is to use pesticide.

After dealing with the problem this way for  a few years now the crops are plagued by disease. Until a few years ago they never used any pesticide. Using a symptomatic approach has just made the problem worse and is killing off the bees brought in to  pollinate their crops.

Research conducted in 23 US states and Canada and published in the Public Library of Science journal found 121 different pesticides in 887 samples of bees, wax, pollen and other elements of hives, lending credibility to the thought that pesticides may be key to the problem.

Jeff Pettis, lead researcher at Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland. said the finding of pesticide residue is “troubling.”
Leaving more natural areas in agriculture and in cities so honey bees can have a diverse natural environment can help stabilize the bees numbers.
When agriculture went from feeding people locally to feeding the world theuse of pesticides increased and the bee populations began their decline.. If bee populations are destroyed, crop production will dramatically be cut and starvation will rise.

You can help turn the tide for all the pollinators:

bees, wasps, and other insects

  • Use no thing but natural pesticides when necessary away from pollination times.
  • Grow crops organically.
  • Buy local produce.
  • Decrease the use of plastics and recycle.
  • Use your car less to decrease pollution.

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Excerpts courtesy of http://bit.ly/9PPRI5

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