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The question is still being asked. What's killing the bees? Agriculture! Agriculture kills the environment like a parasitic host. It's done with misconception that weeds are a bad thing in a field. Quantity is better than quality.
Historical agriculture feeds us for about 500 year and we have to move on. The reason is in the way we mistreat the land and its resources. Bees and other insect harvesters depend on lots of bio diversity to thrive, So do all the animals that we feed on. The bees depend on a varied food source such as we do for vibrant health. Destruction of bio diversity is a core of agriculture. The bee in agriculture lives in a vary artificial environment. Mono crop, Chemically sprayed and GMO (Genetically modified) for the most part.
The deadliness of the chemicals has long been know and ignored. Seed coatings have been linked to CCD. They disrupt the bees immune system. Bacteria in the gut of the bee are a key part of the process. This happens in all organism that ingest these poisons including us.
GMO is one who's dangers are only recently leaking out Though know about for many years. Bee studies have shown a transference of the marker gene in Canola gets transferred to bacteria in the gut in the bee. The ingestion of the parts of a GMO plant the consuming organism undergoes changes. Birth rates drop due to infertility, immune problems. accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, changes major organism. infant size drops, Kidney failure, to name a few.
This is happening in all parts of the plant. Pollen is the place that the plant puts it's DNA in a structure designed to trasfer DNA. Bee harvest nectar and pollen. They bring all this home to the hive. A German beekeeper found that the corn pollen the bees were bringing home from a GMO field was harming his health. He took it to court. The court recognised the problem of the GMO in food. In stead of have the source of the problem eliminated the beekeeper may soon have to have the GMO seed suppler apply for a health variance so the beekeeper can sell his honey!
Yet the solution is easy and is in each of our hands. Where we chose to spend our money. Spend it locally first. From those around you that are sincerely attempting to do things in harmony. This is a triple win. We support proper agriculture and horticultural practices. We secure a local supply for 80% of our needs. We will supply more to others.
Last Update june 12, 2012
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