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Over 30 million bees found dead in Elmwood, Canada
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Posted on 07/03/2013 6:37:49 PM PDT by chessplayer

Shortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada.Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.

The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders, which result in blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University. They discovered that Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms. They analyzed dead bees and found that traces of thiamethoxam/clothiandin were present in each case. The only major source of these compounds are seed treatments of field crops. You can view that study here (1).

(Excerpt) Read more at myscienceacademy.org ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bees; neonicotinoid; pesticides
Looking more and more like pesticides are the main culprit.

"Neonicotinoid pesticides are a huge risk – so ban is welcome, says EEA"

"The European Commission has decided to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides. These chemicals can harm honeybees, according to a large body of scientific evidence, so the European Environment Agency (EEA) commends the precautionary decision to ban them."

http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/neonicotinoid-pesticides-are-a-huge

1 posted on 07/03/2013 6:37:49 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer; Squawk 8888

Damn. Without honeybees, agriculture is toast.


2 posted on 07/03/2013 6:39:27 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: chessplayer

I’d hate to be the guy who had to draw all those chalk outlines.


3 posted on 07/03/2013 6:41:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

ROFLMAO!!! Thanks, I needed that. ;-)


4 posted on 07/03/2013 6:42:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: chessplayer

“The Plight of the Honeybee”

“Billions of dollars—and a way of life—ride on saving pollinators.”

“Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer’s crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in honeybee declines. The U.S. hasn’t followed suit, though this year a group of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups sued the EPA for not doing enough to protect bees from the pesticide onslaught.”

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130510-honeybee-bee-science-european-union-pesticides-colony-collapse-epa-science/


5 posted on 07/03/2013 6:52:03 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
one BS thing in the article, right at the en he switches from Bayer to blaming Monsanto, far as a know Monsanto isn't involved. fact, Monsanto has a pretty interesting bio tech co that is focused on bee health, see link. also it has some really good stuff on bees, how they navigate, etc.

http://www.beeologics.com/bees-and-beekeeping/communication-and-navigation/

6 posted on 07/03/2013 6:53:21 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

Regardless of whatever good they do, they also do a lot of bad. /nonsequitur


7 posted on 07/03/2013 6:57:18 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: chessplayer

“I was nowhere NEAR Elmwood!”


8 posted on 07/03/2013 6:58:50 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dynachrome

Yup. We have to decide which is more important to us. Neonicotinoids, or the future of agriculture.


9 posted on 07/03/2013 6:59:44 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: cripplecreek

hahahaha! That gave me a belly laugh!


10 posted on 07/03/2013 7:00:22 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: TheZMan

Very true. Bee colonies/populations can’t take hits like this year after year after year before they reach the point that they can’t recover.


11 posted on 07/03/2013 7:03:58 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: dynachrome
In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Over 30 million bees found dead in Elmwood, Canada, dynachrome wrote:

Damn. Without honeybees, agriculture is toast.

Bulls**t! We have 11 million undocumented Democrats ready to take up feather-dusters and go from plant to plant protecting our food supply Montsanto's cut of the ethanol subsidy! We taxpayers will gladly pay them per square footage of pollination! Brilliant! Just add a tax to E15... make it high enough, though because we really should be driving electric cars that get recharged on 100% coal-free electricity. Oh! If you do have one of those silly "old" car... and need that E15, don't pay any attention to the car manufacturers that say E15 will void your warranty.

Everybody in? Great!

</sarc>

12 posted on 07/03/2013 7:08:48 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

LOL


13 posted on 07/03/2013 7:09:39 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: dynachrome

Bees???? We don’t need no stinkin’ bees.


14 posted on 07/03/2013 7:18:57 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cripplecreek

Now that was funny.:>)


15 posted on 07/03/2013 7:28:24 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: chessplayer; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
Thanks dynachrome.

To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

16 posted on 07/03/2013 7:38:09 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: TheZMan

And we should stop using corn for fuel. I imagine that has something to do with the rise in the use of neonicotinoids.


17 posted on 07/03/2013 7:43:46 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Here is a better more informative article with specific information:

http://www.inquisitr.com/828732/millions-of-honeybees-found-dead-report/

I really suggest dropping myscienceacademy.org as an information source. Their article is propagandistic with several factual distortions. Sad that they are misinforming children on science.


18 posted on 07/03/2013 7:45:10 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: chessplayer

19 posted on 07/03/2013 7:53:32 PM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: cripplecreek

LMAO....


20 posted on 07/03/2013 8:27:24 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: chessplayer

Do not eat the Canadian corn.


21 posted on 07/03/2013 8:54:13 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: dynachrome

“Damn. Without honeybees, agriculture is toast.”

People who don’t think that this is important, or that we need to get rid of the EPA entirely, need to consider that a good number of experts believe that our civilization would fall without bees.


22 posted on 07/03/2013 9:01:16 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Valpal1

I really suggest dropping myscienceacademy.org as an information source. Their article is propagandistic with several factual distortions. Sad that they are misinforming children on science.


In other words, they are socialist/pinko/commie/muzzy running dogs trying to take your guns away?


23 posted on 07/03/2013 11:16:21 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Well, I don’t know that I’d go that far, but they are clearly ignorant and confused in their article, which is strange since this particular event is well reported and the facts are easily found.

Typical of the anti-GMO camp, they seized on an unrelated event to bang the Monsanto drum. None of the pesticides used in either die off were Monsanto products.

Then the explanation about coated seed, which just didn’t add up. I’ve never seen bees working a fallow field or a just seeded one, or following a seeder. It’s a patch of dirt, why would bees be working a patch of dirt? So I looked for other articles. Sure enough, it was aerial spraying of products whose label clearly indicated it was deadly to bees and cautioned the user.

I’m thinking the beekeeper has a clear cause of action against a careless farmer who should have known better.


24 posted on 07/04/2013 12:18:37 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Valpal1

From article - “Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders, which result in blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted.”


Maybe the bees don’t have to work a just seeded field, or follow a seeder. I wonder how far the wind will carry the coated dust? Bees might not even have to be close to a field to get coated with the neonicotinoid’s.


25 posted on 07/04/2013 6:20:58 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Except the actual die off was related to aerial spraying of growing crops, so why explain with what didn’t happen instead of what did?

Drift from aerial spraying goes farther than dust from seeding. Seeding around here usually occurs between rains or in the rain, dust is minimal to non existent. Most dust occurs from fall plowing, not spring seeding.

Why mention Monsanto when all the pesticides sprayed were products from other companies?

It’s a crap propaganda site.

(and if you are the writer, shame on you for pimping your poorly and dishonestly written drivel).


26 posted on 07/04/2013 8:21:15 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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