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Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-9-2014 | Damian Carrington

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....

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: agriculture; bees; biology; ccd; chemicals; colonycollapse; honeybees; insecticides; neonicotinoids

1 posted on 05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

this is :

1. Silent Spring Type Greenie Hype

2. Important News

Thanks


2 posted on 05/11/2014 7:09:22 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Renfield

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.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 7:10:32 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Renfield

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.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 7:10:47 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Renfield

Wow! Insecticide kills insects. Who’d a thunk it? Definitely worth the $50 million research grants.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 7:12:09 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Renfield

It all started when the honeybee worker bee’s union signed them up for ObamaCare.


6 posted on 05/11/2014 7:12:13 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Renfield

Thanks for posting. This problem has been going on for awhile, and is very concerning.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 7:12:57 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: MeshugeMikey

The immediate problems around here is the cold and lack of blossoms on the fruit trees.


8 posted on 05/11/2014 7:13:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Renfield

It’s something more than an “annoyance” when used in an Agriculture.


9 posted on 05/11/2014 7:13:51 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Renfield
I've recently watched two or three docs on this bee vanishing phenomenon.

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?

10 posted on 05/11/2014 7:15:01 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Renfield

Insecticide kills insects? Well, how come they didn’t make a research that water makes you wet?


11 posted on 05/11/2014 7:16:09 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: cripplecreek

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.


12 posted on 05/11/2014 7:16:32 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Renfield

Let me guess...they blew insecticide directly into the hives.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: Renfield

And for those interested in the link between neonicotinoids and GMO corn:

http://www.panna.org/blog/ge-corn-sick-honey-bees-whats-link


14 posted on 05/11/2014 7:19:01 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Renfield

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.


15 posted on 05/11/2014 7:19:15 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Renfield

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.


16 posted on 05/11/2014 7:19:49 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: jjotto
Wow! Insecticide kills insects. Who’d a thunk it? Definitely worth the $50 million research grants.

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.

17 posted on 05/11/2014 7:21:04 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Renfield

Bayer used to use imadacloprid in turf products as a grub killer.


18 posted on 05/11/2014 7:25:55 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Hugin

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.


19 posted on 05/11/2014 7:29:20 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Renfield

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.)


20 posted on 05/11/2014 7:45:46 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Renfield

There have been lots of reports in the last 10 yrs or so of bee hives dieing out. However they are just studying DOMESTIC bees, not wild bees. I suspect that the inbreeding of the domestic bees is a large part of the problem as the wild bees all seem to be doing fine.


21 posted on 05/11/2014 7:54:15 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: Renfield

and they thought frogs were dying because of Global Warming(or some bull like that) and it turned out it was research frogs were released into the wild


22 posted on 05/11/2014 7:54:56 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Renfield

It comes from Harvard.

Harvard physics & math...believable.

All else?

Beware...idiot alert.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 8:00:09 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: molson209

I hadn’t heard about the dying frogs. What happened?


24 posted on 05/11/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: cripplecreek

I highly recommend signing up with Arbor Day Foundation (http://www.arborday.org/) With each membership you get 10 free trees. I’ve been getting flowering trees. They arrive as 18” to 24” twigs, and over 90% of them take root. It takes a few years for them to bloom. Trees can also increase rainfall. We need to start planting trees in the borderlands between areas suitable for farming and dry areas to gradually increase arable land.

In addition trumpet vines and passionflower vines are great host plants for honeybees, butterflys and hummingbirds. They make great fence cover and bloom beautifully throughout most of the summer and fall.


25 posted on 05/11/2014 8:17:13 AM PDT by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: jjotto

The neurological poisons affect people too.


26 posted on 05/11/2014 8:20:58 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: gspurlock

The trees are fine, its the weather that’s the problem this year.

I’ve become a regular Rose of Sharon Johnny Appleseed in my little town. Every year I start a bout a dozen from seed and give them away to neighbors the next spring. They’re great for late season flowers from mid to late July till the first good frost.


27 posted on 05/11/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Da Coyote

Agreed. Anything coming out of ANY Public School of Health ought to be carefully scrutinized. Those Schools are absolutely infested with do-gooders, socialists, Obama-lovers, anticapitalists, and freedom-haters.


28 posted on 05/11/2014 8:28:18 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: meatloaf

“The neurological poisons affect people too.”

Maybe that would explain the rise of liberalism?

It is certainly a disorder!


29 posted on 05/11/2014 8:28:59 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Renfield; Revolting cat!; GeronL

Leaving the hives?

The workers are rebelling it would seem.

Down with the Queen!

Down with unfair work hours!

Down with poor retirement packages!!!


30 posted on 05/11/2014 8:32:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Mad Dawgg

Is any of this killing the Africanized killer bees?

Are hostile invasive species responsible for some of the lowering numbers?


31 posted on 05/11/2014 8:33:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Renfield

Once again, I read news I need to know, or should know, from a foreign media and in this case, a far left rag. Even so, this research confirms what many beekeepers already know.

I’ve lost my last two hives, partly due to the cold and partly due to the city’s truck driving around the streets spewing a chemical aerosol to kill mosquitoes. Hopefully, I will be able to get another package of bees tomorrow.


32 posted on 05/11/2014 8:35:01 AM PDT by miele man
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To: onedoug
Malathion

That is some dangerous stuff. On the farm were I use to work, the men were damn careful when working with it. You didn't even go into the field until 24 hours after it was sprayed.

33 posted on 05/11/2014 8:38:41 AM PDT by mware
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To: Vaquero
the best safest insecticide was DDT. case closed.

It would not surprise me that in banning DDT, the Government has instead promoted a replacement insecticide with more problems. Yet another case of "unanticipated problems".

34 posted on 05/11/2014 8:58:33 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Renfield

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.

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While I am in no position to dispute the findings reported here, the writer of the piece proves himself ignorant with that sentence.

Honey bees are not native to the United States, and there are many many species of wild bees as well as other insects and even some birds that can pollinate our crops.

Lest anyone brand me an apiphobe, one of my adult sons is a beginning beekeeper, so I have grandbees.


35 posted on 05/11/2014 9:32:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Renfield

Bur many of my fellow Freepers will tell you that insecticide is what makes food good.


36 posted on 05/11/2014 9:33:22 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: a fool in paradise

They want a higher minimum wage I guess


37 posted on 05/11/2014 12:39:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cripplecreek

Coastal Oregon had beautiful weather and the flowerrs stayed on the trees, for a change. I saw no honeybees at all this year, ‘til I saw ONE yesterday. If the Miner bees did their job, maybe there will be a crop.


38 posted on 05/11/2014 1:30:54 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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