Our bees, Ourselves

roselee z8b S.W. TexasJuly 15, 2014

The comments are as interesting and informative as the article.

Here is a link that might be useful: New York Times article by Mark Winston ...

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shopshops

Thanks for sharing Roselee. I have been trying to do my bit for the flying critters by my choice of plants.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 9:30PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Shops, thank you!

This article gets right in there with the bee keepers who travel all over the country trucking their hives to pollinate food crops.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nature's Dying Migrant Worker ...

This post was edited by roselee on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 0:10

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:03AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Bees are robbed of their honey and fed corn syrup instead. On top of every thing else is there any wonder they are weak?

Here is a link that might be useful: What happens when bees do not get to eat their own honey ...

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:08AM
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joeinmo 6b-7a

Sounds like something Monsanto would come up with.

The biggest reason bees, Monarchs, and other pollinators are in serious decline is because companies like Monsanto make Genetically Modified Crops (GMO's) that are immune to pesticides and herbicides that are sprayed on them, but kill everything else. In addition, these GMO crops do not need pollinators and are probably designed to kill pollinators so to prevent a natural way for nature to diffuse the genetic make up of these plants. What better way to control the food supply by patenting the crops that do not reseed, that your required to buy rather than save back seeds for next years crop, and that kill pollinators like bees, because even if you have a non-GMO crop, you may not have a pollinator like a bee to actually make the crop a reality because a company like Monsanto killed them all off.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:30AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Yes, GMO's are a mess.

Another good article on why it's important to preserve wildlife of all kinds.

Here is a link that might be useful: Why we have to save wildlife to save ourselves ...

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 7:59PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Another problem with the present wide spread use of neonicotinoids by farmers is that the pesticides are so effective at killing insects that they kill not the target pests, but also the bugs that the birds rely on to feed their chicks leading to a marked decline in song birds, as well as to the decline of bees and beneficial insects that prey on pests, plus butterflies.

This article explains why such dangerous pesticides have been released.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vicious chemical cycle ...

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:48PM
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copingwithclay

Plant lots of fig trees that make fruit FILLED with sweet, thick fig syrup....like LSU GOLD or yellow Kadota. Feed your friends, the bees.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:55AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Copingwithclay, thank you.

The U. S. government has banned the use the bee killing pesticide neonicotinoid and GMOs on national wildlife refuges.

Products containing neonicotinoids are listed here:

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pollinators/documents/pesticide_list_final.pdf

Also Sevin is one of the most lethal insecticides for bees. It not only kills the adult bee, but kills bee larvae when it is carried back to the hive on the feet of the forager bees.

Here is a link that might be useful: U.S. government ban on neonicotinoids in wildlife refuges.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:00PM
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