1. Insecticides (one of the leading suspects):
Last year, leaked documents exposed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) illegitimate approval of clothianidin, a highly-toxic pesticide that the regulatory agency knew was capable of killing off bees.
Also, a new study out of Purdue University confirmed, once again, that clothianidin is killing off bees, but also that clothianidin’s toxicity is systemic throughout the entire food chain.
Nutrition for bees might sound rather odd since they eat only nectar and pollen. What has happened though, is that honeybees don’t have the variety of flowers available to them because man has destroyed much of their habitat. We humans like our environment orderly so we clear the ditches of wild flowers and kill all the dandelions and clover in our lawns. To bees, these areas are now nutritional wastelands. Bees love weeds!
3. Lost Genetic Diversity:
Like many other foods we eat, genetic diversity has been reduced by industrial agriculture which only wants a small limited amount of species and genetic traits which seem profitable and simple to manage. These later turn out insufficient to withstand outside pressures from the environment.
4. Overuse of Antibiotics and Miticides:
Many beekeepers use antibiotics and miticides (which kill mites). Even children in kindergarten are now being taught the limitations and problems associated with overuse of antibiotics.
5. Viruses and Fungi:
Like all living beings on this earth, bees are under constant attack from evolving predators. The fact that viruses and fungi are now overcoming bee populations shows that the immune strength and overall health has been compromised by the preceding factors. There seems to be an overriding factor decreasing the overall health of bees, thus making them more susceptible to poisons and infections. What the scientists suspect and are still proving is that the bee’s natural defenses are being undermined by poor nutrition and other unnatural living conditions.
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