Skip to comments.Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds
Posted on 05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT by Renfield
The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear.
"We demonstrated that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering 'colony collapse disorder' in honeybee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter," said Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health and who led the work.
The loss of honeybees in many countries in the last decade has caused widespread concern because about three-quarters of the world's food crops require pollination. The decline has been linked to loss of habitat, disease and pesticide use. In December 2013, the European Union banned the use of three neonicotinoids for two years....
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this is :
1. Silent Spring Type Greenie Hype
2. Important News
After Malathion spraying in Los Angeles about 25 years ago, bee and butterflies virtually disappeared. They’ve both made comebacks in recent years, but their levels of abundance are still very low, and I’m wondering if they’ll ever make it back.
The widespread desire to “fix” every annoyance in life with a spray can or a pill is causing as much grief as he original problems,in my view.
Wow! Insecticide kills insects. Who’d a thunk it? Definitely worth the $50 million research grants.
It all started when the honeybee worker bee’s union signed them up for ObamaCare.
Thanks for posting. This problem has been going on for awhile, and is very concerning.
The immediate problems around here is the cold and lack of blossoms on the fruit trees.
It’s something more than an “annoyance” when used in an Agriculture.
When the one doc showed the commercial bee farmer delivering his hundreds of bee hives to an almond orchard/farm (IIRC) and then the almond farmer sprayed the trees with all sorts of chemicals while the bees were on the trees it didn't take much more to figure out why his bees died in droves.
Seriously, how was this ever considered a mystery?
Insecticide kills insects? Well, how come they didn’t make a research that water makes you wet?
I remember the first time I saw what appeared to have been...a swarm of honeybees lying dead and dying on a park bench. It was quite a schock.
This was several years after reading the first news releases about the die offs.
Let me guess...they blew insecticide directly into the hives.
And for those interested in the link between neonicotinoids and GMO corn:
Not hype. We had a farm, I raised clover over the summer might see 2 or 3 bees. I thought this was the problem, know some bee keepers and asked them, they thought virus. The kill off is widespread in Ky. Bees presently being transported from one part of the US to another to pollinate crops. This is a big F’in deal as Biden says.
My workplace is surrounded by orchards. I see dozens of honeybees every day dying on our parking lot. The sad part is they are still doing there little dance while they are dying. Apparently that’s how they communicate to the rest of the colony where they found some flowers or pollen or whatever it is that bees do.
It's a bit more complicated than that.
" "This observation may suggest the impairment of honey bee neurological functions, specifically memory, cognition, or behaviour, as the results from the chronic sub-lethal neonicotinoid exposure." Earlier research showed neonicotinoid exposure can damage the renowned ability of bees to navigate home.
Bayer used to use imadacloprid in turf products as a grub killer.
Yes. I thought this was long known but doesn’t account for all of the collapse disorder.
Makes me suspicious that the widespread incessant use of tobacco that started around World War I doesn’t have something to do (neurologically) with the collapse of Western Civilization.
the best safest insecticide was DDT. case closed.(that would be Algores response to his bs...”case closed”. so I guess I can use it too.)
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