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Why Are We Surprised That Pesticides Are Killing Bees?

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You'd have to be living under a rock for the past few years to miss the increasingly disturbing reports of colony collapse disorder among bees. Since 2006, beekeepers have observed groups of bees simply wandering away from their hives to die.

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jeanne schreurs (205)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:41 am
And why aren't we surprised that persticides make people sick?

Thanks for Cher-ing.

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:12 am
Thanks Cher for Sharing, Hope there's some good news for the Honey Bees soon...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:31 am
We need to keep getting the word out about this and other GMO issues, it is amazing how many people still have not heard about it or still just don't 'get it'. There are still so many people that just don't think about these sorts of things nor do they read labels, they trust the government when it says all this crap is 'safe'.

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:42 am
They make many of us sick, but some don't know why they are sick and what it is that's causing it. It took 2 years to figure out what was making me so sick. Bet there are others who have no idea why they feel sick all the time. NO BEES, NO FOOD, hope the right people figure it out.

Arlene Morrison (1)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:07 am
Thanks Cher!
I never use pesticides in my garden and mainly use seaweed extact to feed my plants. I have had lots of little honeybees on my white and purple foxgloves and earlier when the Ceanothus was in blossom.
We had such a cold winter and spring that affected the bees badly and I am hoping the current heat wave is giving them time and opportunity to collect lots of pollen and recover. They have been kind to me as I have a good crop of blackcurrants and blueberries on the few bushes I have and I intend to plant more bee friendly plants.
What gets me is that the big pharmaceutical companies think they are clever enough to produce targeted
pesticides and then won't accept the evidence that they are not God and continue to insist they are safe.
If they were genuinely ethical they would withdraw their products immediately, which says it all really! However profit at the expense of our bees and fruit veg and flower production is too high a price and I will boycott these companies for the foreseeable future!
Any company willing to bring disaster to our wildlife and food growing capacity desrves nothing less!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:21 am
This is just cruelty when you think about it just because they are small creatures does not make it any the less tragic
Man actually deserves all he gets in the future for not caring about life on this planet

. (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:58 am
There is no rocket science here...

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:03 pm
Some slightly good news out of Oregon yesterday:
Oregon Temporarily Restricts Pesticide Use Following Bee Deaths
State officials in Oregon are temporarily restricting the use of more than a dozen pesticide products following the deaths of an estimated 50,000 bumblebees in the Portland area this month.

The measure, effective immediately, will last for 180 days while the Oregon State Agricultural Department investigates incidents of a mass bee die-off in the Portland suburb of Wilsonville, and a much smaller die-off in neighboring Hillsboro.

Sharon W. (4)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:16 pm
People, have wild bees in your garden! And no spraying of pesticides on your tomatoes, of course!
And eat organic so that you donīt give money to people who use heavy pesticides!

Lona G (80)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:00 pm
I'm not surprised. I've sprayed as little as possible ever since I've had a garden (25jrs) and only with eco-friendly sprays. They have been on the market here for a very long time, and although they didn't do the job all that well in the early ears, they've focussed on different types of plans now and do a good job. The same goes for any fertilizer I use, it's always organic-based. But still the number of bees I see dwindles each year.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:29 pm
Why are people so DAMN STUPID, don't they understand that if we keep losing Bees we too will DIE!!

Lisa Zilli (17)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:29 pm
We need bees. Save the bees!

Barbara V (51)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:34 pm
Well, "we" had better get over our surprise and DO something about it. You know Monsanto and those like them won't. How stupid and out of it can people BE? If bees go, WE go.

Barbara V (51)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:35 pm
Well, "we" had better get over our surprise and DO something about it. You know Monsanto and those like them won't. How stupid and out of it can people BE? If bees go, WE go.

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:15 pm
Read, noted & commented on. Our local honeybees are getting pretty darn smart, probably a survival instinct, but they have been flocking to our homemade hummingbird "nectar", & helping themselves to our all natural boiled water & sugar mixture, no food coloring or dyes, no artificial anything! It was quite a surprise the first time we saw them drinking from our feeder, even though there are lots of flowers around, including our large, frequent blooming hibiscus. We all need to stop using chemicals & pesticides, on an individual scale & on a large business scale! First, we humans need to quit over-populating this earth, that alone could help cut down on demand of mass produced crops. And, I agree, if we don't pay attention to what nature is telling us, & we don't act responsibly on that, we will end up very sorry. Think canary in a coal mine theory. Duh! We are poisoning our planet, & all that lives on it!

Stuart Thomas (497)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:27 pm

Thank you, Cher.

Maureen C (4)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:43 pm
The old insecticides -- the nicotinoids, carbamates, and all the organophosphates --that were used for almost a century killed bees, too: but bee populations used to rebound so readily that it was never noted. The problem with these insecticides was that they also killed mammals and birds, and at least once, two children of a farm worker who had been spraying them. The newer neonicotinoids target insects only, and are more persistent. I wonder if the persistence and different application times are more harmful to bees.??

I've been following the bee problem closely for a few years, and there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer yet: the most educated guesses are a combination of stressors, and insecticides are one of those stress factors; but I know local beekeepers who lost whole colonies of hives over winter due to bee distemper (can be diagnosed visually by staining in the hive boxes).

I will keep being gentle to bees I see around, and be glad that this is being investigated with a sense of urgency.


Inge Bjorkman (202)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 12:46 am
My bee is stronger than ever, but there is no poisons in this area.

Love and Understanding

David Menard (43)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:24 am
pesticides are the obvious problem. solution ban nicotinoids like the EU! Oh thats right USDA,EPA and FDA are all controlled by the lobbyists from the industries they are supposed to regulate like the rest of our corporate owned govt!

Carol H (229)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:42 am
I am not surprised, its the pesticides and the GMO's

Winnie Adams (179)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:39 am
No surprise here.

Elisa F (235)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:54 am
Save the Bees! Thanks, Cher. Noted and Signed.

Elisa F (235)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:55 am
Oops...Noted only ;)

Marija M (29)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:56 am
save the bees!

Maria S (95)
Friday July 19, 2013, 1:40 pm
Save the bees!!! Thanks Cher!
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