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Are Honeybees Losing Their Way?


Environment  (tags: honeybees, conservation, destruction, habitat, nature, pollution, wildlife )

Giana
- 679 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
A new study shows that long-term exposure to a combination of certain pesticides might impair the bee's ability to carry out its pollen mission.



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Sam E M. (0)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:25 am
Love the photo.
Honey bees are essential, we all know that, but thanks for the reminder, Giana.
Pesticides do more harm than good it seems. Something needs to be done, but what?
 

Myraida Diaz (127)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:15 am
God forbid or we are going to loose the way too! Noted.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:51 am
Bees pollinate 50% of the food we grow in the world.
 

Dave C. (227)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:27 am
very sad....we've lost our way, start destroying and overpopulating our earth, and now we are causing others to be lost, too....and bees are essential....
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 9:34 am
What a photo. Neonecotinoids should be banned outright along with other harmful pesticides. I guess the great profit mongers won't be satisfied until they have reduced the entire planet to a quiet lonely grave.
 

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (55)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 9:41 am
Noted.Thanks for sharing
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:20 am
noted thanks
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:26 am
NO but we are!!!!
 

leona m. (0)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:32 am
noted thanks
 

Bee S. (208)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:39 am
it is easy to forget what these tiny bees are doing for (even) us! A Great, Important & Huge Work!!

Thank you, dear Giana for reminding.
 

Sandi C. (217)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 11:10 am
I hope not.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:19 pm
Thank you.
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:45 pm
Thanks Giana.
 

Suheyla C. (228)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 1:51 pm
Thank you Giana,, noted
Thanks Sara for sharing
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 2:28 pm
I have read about this tragedy.
 

chris b. (38)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 2:37 pm
sad sad sad - we really need to protect our little honey bees NOT gmo's
 

Colleen L. (2)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 4:06 pm
I have been signing petitions for many years about Pesticides. I wish the idiots who spray them would disappear from the Earh. What part of "It's not safe" do they not understand???? Maybe they should take daily showers in it to really see what it does to the bees and people who are around it too much.
Thanks Giana
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 4:18 pm
I saw exactly ONE honeybee last summer. ONE! My wildflower meadow teemed with all manner of bees and butterflies a few years back. Not nearly as many butterflies either this last summer. I do not use any kind of pesticides ever for my flowerbeds, trees or vegetables. I only grow things organically. I do not have a problem with pests now nor in the over a decade of planting yearly vegetable gardens, trees, flowers-you name it. I know bees can cover several miles in their hunt for food and normally save closer flowers for last. My garden didn't do well last year and I have to blame that on lack of pollination. Plus if the farmers dumb enough to grow gmo garbage would understand that since the bees use necter/pollen for food-the gmo garbage iimpacts them when A. they land on pesticide covered plants and B. they are also ingesting the pesticide in the necter. If the crap is in the corn, soy,etc. harvested, it stands to reason it is also in the necter so the poor bees are getting a double wammy of pesticides. The only benefit has been the profit for Monsanto, GE and the rest as they poison the planet and sue farmers for huge amounts and steal their land because of pollen drift (which in my book is trespassing being done by Monsanto pollen not farmers wanting the so called "benefits" of gmo crap for free).
 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:13 pm
Thanks Giana
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:44 pm
If we loose the bees, we will be in deep trouble.
 

Lisa Gourley (35)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:21 pm
thanks
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:30 pm
Noted with utter sadness. What will be next? Lady bugs? It seems there is no creature safe from the tyranny of man and his overblown sense of self. I wish I was lightening, for I would strike each offender down.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Friday February 15, 2013, 8:43 am
One day soon, we'll wake up and find that we have killed ourselves with our greed.
 

monka blanke (82)
Friday February 15, 2013, 11:58 am
Thanks Giana. A cer4tain bug is also a problem,( I think the bug is called "Verrosa Constructor); it's very bad for the bees and many are infected.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:25 pm
Thanks, no bees no food!!!
 

Kirsten Taufer (43)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:53 pm
Anybody still questioning the painfully obvious reason behind epidemic hive collapse? I learned the hard way that fighting nature poisons you ... and there is always a price to pay.
 

Dianne D. (462)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 11:57 am
Bees are essential to our eco-system and the food we eat. We need to stop all the chemicals people are putting in our soil, air and water.
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Friday February 22, 2013, 5:58 am
With all those cocktails of poisons chemical companies introduced over the years it seem the targeted badies, like aphids and moths/white butterflies (hence grubs) etc. survive on it. But Lady Birds, the natural enemy of aphids seem to be disappearing in my garden. Aphids are thriving, so are the grubs and I have this year given up my vegy patch. Not only because of insect pests, but also because of non pollination. Obviously the bees have gone missing, most flowers fall off unpollinated and the ones that are partially pollinated bear very small fruit. I do not wish to waste my time in the garden with hours of work and end up with miniature produce full of aphids and worms only having to throw it into the compost.
I am sure Monsanto and other big chem would be aware of this problem. I bet they are working on that right now.
I am being sarcastic now, maybe they are able to train flies to pollinate plants, register this as a patent, then what. If I grow tomatoes successfully, for instance, the Chem police will come and fine me or take me to court. But blow flies are attracted to sh.. Just imagine a rose smelling like that.
 
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