Bee Die Off
Ener-G Foods, Inc. (Spring 2013)
World-wide attention is being devoted to the rapid decline in bee pollinators. This decline is adversely effecting food production. See below. "It’s an interesting study in contrasts. The link between pesticides and bee die-offs is still subject to some dispute. So, in the face of uncertainty, the European Commission is erring on the side of the environment — voting to ban neonicotinoids for two years just in case they really are to blame for the bee collapse. The United States, meanwhile, is erring on the side of certain economic interests — it’s still not clear that neonicotinoids are to blame, and pesticides are a billion-dollar industry, so regulators are moving slowly in setting restrictions."
Brad Plumer. Why are bees dying? The U.S. and Europe have different theories. MSNBC 05/03/13. Click Here
Jacob Chamberlan. Fungicides Kill Pollinators: Study Reveals Industrial Farming's Threat to Bees. Common Dreams. July 25, 2013. Click Here
Jerssica Desvarierux. Why are the bees dying? The Real News. Click Here
The European Food Safety Authority is a good source of information. Type "bees" into the search engine. Click here
Dr. Sapna Johnson, Dr. Nimisha Vadon. Antibiotic Residues in Honey, Centre for Science and Environment. Sept. 2010. Click Here
Jim Sliwa, HONEYBEES HARBOR ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANCE GENES. AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY. OCT. 30,2012. Click Here
The European Food Safety Authority has identified the pesticide Fipronil, (trifluoromethylsulfinyl)-1H-pyrazole-3-carbonitrile, as a critical risk to bees, especially when commercially used on corn. Read more Here
Fibronil is widely used. A large percentage of our food supply depends on a vibrant bee population. If you use pesticides you may want to check them.
The European Food Safety Authority is studying multiple stressors acting in concert to be the cause of the large die-off of bees. Bee die-off is becoming a huge problem in maintaining the world food supply as 1/3 of our food is from pollinated crops.
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