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On Thursday, the UN expressed alarm at the massive decline in bee colonies. Some area are seeing up to an 85 percent reduction in bee colonies. There appear to be many factors in the decline of the bee population...

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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 9:29 am
> There appear to be many factors in the decline of the bee population...
many factors, very complicated, needs more study, maybe a liberal hoax anyway, and
O, how stupid of me to think that it probably could be explained simply by ENVORONMENTAL POLLUTION.

. (0)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 9:41 am
I keep hearing lots of talk about the existence of this very distressing problem, and yet surprisingly -- or not -- very little about what anyone is doing to solve it ...

Marti Williams (170)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 10:15 am
Starvation for all is onthe horizon...

Eva O (60)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 7:06 pm
Sadly noted - I hope that there *will* be made a change for the better. Until that time, I will be buying some extra flowers for my already plant-crowded balcony.
Maybe we should all do a bit of guerilla-gardening, planting bee-friendly organic flowers here and there. After all, who does not enjoy the sight of nice blooming flowers :)

Keith L (6)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 7:10 pm
I LOVE THAT IDEA! how great would it be for a few hundred people to show up at an abandoned lot, each with one flower, one shovel and a jug of water. Plant it. Water it. Leave.

Elisabeth T (0)
Friday March 11, 2011, 7:14 am
We have a couple of flowering trees, pear & plum, which attract lots of honey bees.

Charla D (67)
Friday March 11, 2011, 7:51 am
We can all do our part, albeit on a small scale, by ceasing from using home pesticides/herbicides and by planting bee-friendly trees and flowers. Kudos to all who have done or now plan to do this. I know it doesn't address the larger issues that may be involved such as chemical use on large corporate farms, and genetic engineering of crops, etc, but it's a start and it should help at least a little.

Sally M (72)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:01 am
My daughter's good friend has a huge bee business.....he transports his bees from S. Dakota, to CA, to Texas and he is very down on production. His bees are dying because of GM crops, weather, and the scarcity of crops to pollinate that are NOT full of pesticides.
The farmers who plant the GM crops, and use pesticides, are the ones that need to be told what the consequences will be from their poor farming practices. Not only do they poison the crops, the animals, the bees and butterflies and all the other pollinators, but also us humans who eat the products from the farm animals, the animals themselves, and the cycle continues....but it won't continue without our pollinators---especially the bees.
What are people thinking? Nothing but money? Now, with the go-ahead from our corrupt FDA and the USDA we will have "genetically modified-round up ready- alfalfa"............a crop that does not need pesticides because it does not get harmful bugs! If this frankencrop is planted this spring, and if the bees and pollinators get into the alfalfa fields, as they surely will, we will see mass colony collapse.
This move by our stupid congress and the corrupt FDA could effect such a world wide disaster in food production, that for farmers to plant GM alfalfa it is nothing short of treason. We need to fire Tom Villsack and shut down Monsanto....for good!

Eileen P (74)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:31 am
I agree that we all need to make more noise about the nothing that is being done to resolve this terrible problem. I dont know very much about bees, but is it possible for us ordinary people to have a beehive in our back garden? If we all got one then the bee population would increase by millions. And think of the honey! All hail to bees!!

Fareena Narine (58)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:37 am

Sally M (72)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:56 am
Eileen Mary.....I think that is totally possible to have a small beehive or two in your long as there is sufficient food for them...I've heard that people are doing so in NYC on the roof gardens.
My daughter and I are just beginning to learn about how to care for bees..........and now my oldest son is working for our beekeeper friend and he loves it!
There are beekeepers with web sites in every state, and perhaps you could contact them about getting a few bee boxes and a queen and workers. I don't know how much they need in way of food...but I don't think they go too terribly far.
If people want the honey you will need a bee suit...and then you have to feed them good food in return...not HFCS....that will kill them eventually as the article said.
Good luck and have fun....I'd love to have bees too, but we have black bears that literally walk by our house, so not a good idea for us. The bears are peaceful, but I wouldn't want them coming for lunch all the time.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Friday March 11, 2011, 9:23 am
The accelerating death rate of honey bees all over the world, is arguablly not only a National security issue, but a GLOBAL SECURITY ISSUE!! We are talking about our food supply, not only humans but all livestock raised for human consumption, let alone any creature in the wild!!! All trees and plants have to be pollunated, to produce and live.....Can you do that enough to feed your family, let alone the neighbors that will be fighting for food to stay alive? NO!....We need bees, that pollunate plants as well as all those "exotic birds" that are becoming extincnt everyday for the last 20 years. THIS IS REAL, PEOPLE!
There are petitions to sign going to our government addressing the pesticides that might be the cause...Please sign them and all others in the future that are concrete.
I would be very willing to have some of my tax dollars to go to people that can be PROFESSIONAL BEE KEEPERS. Anyone with half a brain-cell left knows, if all there is to eat is sand, no one will survive.

Ian Donelson (149)
Friday March 11, 2011, 10:10 am
The GMOs the pollution and ecological damage done through resource exploitation.

Keith L (6)
Friday March 11, 2011, 10:18 am
This is one of those problems that I think we keep preaching to the choir about. SO MANY people do not know what is really going on with the bees, or they overlook it. It's easy to shadow something so small. Please consider sharing this article with your Facebook and Twitter friends - to people that are outside our usual eco-geek friends - to those that don't understand the impact. I just feel that this is of the utmost urgency, even on sad days like today with the massive earthquake in Japan.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 11, 2011, 10:35 am
Bees are in decline largely due to exposure to anthropogenic toxins i.e. man-made poisons. Many, however, might not appreciate the extent to which all the foods we eat are dependent upon bees for pollination. As bees are clearly in decline, it is no stretch of the imagination to foresee coming crop failures and subsequent food shortages. Good luck.

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Friday March 11, 2011, 10:42 am
very scary!

Phillip I (67)
Friday March 11, 2011, 12:54 pm
But it's not as though we don't expect mother nature to finally cull this rapacious beast, known as the human race.... We simply will not stop devouring the planet and its resources and its habitats until there is nothing left to devour. It is inevitable that our numbers and our technologies are reduced to the point where we become a benign species again (compared to what we are now).

Dotti L (85)
Friday March 11, 2011, 1:23 pm
I love bees, we need bees.

Friday March 11, 2011, 1:50 pm

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday March 11, 2011, 2:20 pm
This is very disturbing. Without the bees a lot of food will not grow. People are still failing to understand that. No doubt they'll start panicking when it's too late.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 11, 2011, 2:22 pm
Keep this in mind also, no one knows, no one, what the cumulative effects of pesticides and herbicides have on the human residents of this planet we call earth.

Robert O (12)
Friday March 11, 2011, 2:24 pm
Worrisome to say the least. Thanks.

Christine A (57)
Friday March 11, 2011, 5:04 pm
Sally - I would send you ten stars if I could! I so agree with you! By the way, there has been pointed out that there is also a great deal of stress on the bees by transporting them such great distances, along with all the other problems these wonderful little insects face! The bottom line is that we cannot live without bees. It is a major problem that is not going to go away. Monsanto and other agricultural companies are largely responsible for poisoning our native bees, butterflies, etc. through their genetically modified crops and it is a disastrous spiral to the bottom! Einstein said that without bees, humans have four years to live That sounds pretty alarming to me! I let my garden overrun last year and didn't cut the grass. Planted flowers instead. If folks would do away with part of their large lawns, and replace with flowers instead the benefits would be three-fold - helping the bees, cutting down pollution by not using the lawn mower or lawn tractor as much and having attractive and lovely scented flowers to enjoy!

Paul Elder (3)
Friday March 11, 2011, 5:13 pm
This will be the growth industry of the near future.
Plant pollinator
low pay
long hours
no benefits
no experience needed

Julie P (154)
Friday March 11, 2011, 6:22 pm
A 2009 report in the journal of Economic Entomology reports that, "When bees consume guttation drops (water droplets that plants sometimes exude), collected from plants grown from neonicotinoid coated seeds, they encounter death within a few minutes."
Another name for this is Pesticide Dew.
Genetic research on honey bees indicates that they have fewer genes relating to detoxification and immunity than some other insects.

I have never used pesticides, my province has a cosmetic pesticide ban and I have many different types of bees in my garden. Purchase organic, ban pesticides from your yard, plant native plants and work towards a pesticides ban in your community/Province/State.


Jean M (3)
Friday March 11, 2011, 7:00 pm
So Sad, thank you! ! !

Nancy Sasko (0)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:33 pm

KS Goh (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 12:18 am
Thanks for the article.

Julie W (32)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 2:26 am
I read years ago in an organic gardening magazine that bees are less attracted to hybrid forms of flowers. So grow the old-fashioned, non-hybrid flowers if you want to attract bees to your garden.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 8:18 am
When the truth is finally known I believe the decline of bees is due to pesticides and the pollution in the air which also settles on plants. I live in the country, when I moved here seventeen years ago I had a great number of honey bees and many kinds of bumble bees. Now for the last several years I never see a honey bee and see very few bumble bees. The real large and very small bumble bees have seemed to have disappeared. I do not use pesticides.

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 9:46 am
This decline in the bee population is the culmination of the perfect storm. Forcing the bees to pollinate monoculture crops restricts the nutrient intake of the bees. Taking away too much of the honey and replacing it with corn syrup again depletes the nutrients that the bees intake. The use of organic pesticides that are long lived with in the environment. Bees are very susceptible to insecticides. With the reduced immune systems caused by starvation the colonies are also susceptible to disease and parasite invasion. Put all these factors together and there is no wonder that we are killing off the most important pollinator in the world.

Keith L (6)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 11:28 am
UPDATE: We've added a link to the Slow Food USA petition at the end of the article. Please check it out again and sign the petition, which goes to the EPA.

Julie P (154)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 12:36 pm
Take a look at the size and population of the U.K,. as compared to the U.S.:

U.K. 94,060 square miles Population (2009) 61,792,000
U.S. 3,790,000 square miles Population over 308,000,000

According to the Soil Association, if the U.K. lost all their bees, it would require a workforce of 30 million to replace them.

Think about how many times you have seen care2 members from the U.S. post that they rarely, or never, see bees anymore.

In addition to purchasing organic and banning pesticides from your garden, consider signing up for action alerts and newsletters at the following sites:
Organic Consumers:
Food and Water Watch:
Pesticide Action Network:

care2 groups: Help the Honeybees/Global Alliance to Ban GMOs

Kathy B (106)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 2:03 pm
They knew of the dangers of neonicotinoids to bees for over a decade and yet it was still approved. That's our government protecting us.

Fiona O (565)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 2:39 pm
I am a beekeeper. I have two healthy hives. To protect my bees from pesticides, polluted ground water and GM crops, I need to live way out in the woods. My nearest neighbors are black bears, moose, racoons, etc.
Unfortunately, I have to wrap my hives in barbed wire to protect the bees and their honey from bears and racoons. I try to do many green living things. I believe I give back to Nature by raising healthy bees. If any one would like to ask me a question about keeping bees, please feel welcome to do so.

Beverly C (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 4:54 pm

Keith L (6)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 8:26 pm
Thank you Bee Hive Lady -

Deborah L (70)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 11:27 pm
Eileen Mary P: I mentioned to a friend about having a beehive in my yard as I bought 2 newly vacant lots next to my house last spring from the Landbank in my county for $25.00, yes, twenty-five dollars plus $39.00 filing fees and I have 8,000 sq.ft. more land to garden. They even took the old house, garages, driveways and basements and cleaned it up and filled in the basements for no additional cost cost. This is a good way to enlarge your growing space if your city or county has a program of this type. It also cuts down on blight, drug houses and other problems that come along with abandoned houses.

Anyway, she has a mini farm about 5 1/2 acres and she checked it out. You have to be a bigger farm area to have beehives-more government regulation in my state and also you could be liable if someone is stung by your bees and you cannot have beehives in the city, which is where I live.

Last summer we had larger black bees with a white dot on their stinger area. They are the size of large bumble bees but are kind of scary looking, I also found lots of very tiny bees that you have to look really close to just to see them. Our ground bees were down last year from prior years. I saw very few other types of bees than in the past and many of my tomatoes never got pollinated. Don't know what this year will bring, but i am putting in a larger garden. I am trying to make it a community one and hoping to be able to help feed the elderly and others who need help in feeding their families in my neighborhood. My zucchini always does good.

Bon L (0)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:19 am
Thanks for the info.

Shelly P (5)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 4:00 am
This is a great article.. I hope it helps people change their minds about bees - they aren't the mean out-to-sting-you creatures that many people think they are. Thanks for the post.

Birgitta O (2)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 5:49 am
Thank you for this article. Greed will certainly kill us in the end...

Deborah L: What a great idea! Community gardens (and extra veggies - yum!) always do good wherever they are.

Janis B (7)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:13 pm
The governments around the world have to regulate farming methods. Not sure why beekeeping is such a problem in North America since in Britain at least they are getting people to go for single hives in urban gardens so the variety of flowers around make their immune systems better. Diversity is what is needed not this GM crap nor pesticided crops. This is equivalent to trawling or maybe even worse.

Joyce S (10)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:46 pm
I feel like I've been hearing about this for years...

Melody Aragorn (135)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:47 pm

John Browning (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:14 pm
March 17, 2011
I wonder why Keith Line's article never mentioned genetically engineered plants as a cause of CCD? And many other websites don't either. Are they trying to protect Monsanto? But Keith's article did teach me one new thing: the crazy farmers are feeding genetically engineered HFCS to the bees. Between that, the GE table sugar (since 2008), and all the GE pollen from corn and all the other GE Frankenstein Monstrosity Crops (since 1993), no wonder all the bees are dying!
But Sally M.'s post is the best, and I learned another fact. Now I know 3 things wrong with GE alfalfa: #1) It takes a perfectly normal, already organic crop, alfalfa, genetically engineers it to spread transgenic pollution on 23 Million acres of alfalfa cropland, #2) The stooge farmers will then spray Roundup on 23 million acres of what is now clean land, poisoning the soil and creating massive plant diseases, rendering the land to junk status, and #3) like Sally said, it will cause a massive acceleration of CCD which is already World Wide. This is nothing short of a national and soon to be World Wide Eco-catastrophe and should be declared a National Emergency in the USA. If Obama doesn't care (he hasn't in the past) then this issue needs to go all the way to the United Nations and if they don't respond, then other countries should be warned so they can take their own action.
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