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U.N. Report: Honeybee Die-Off Is Now a Global Problem

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A recent United Nations report shows that honeybees are flying against some serious challenges. The pollinators are declining at unprecedented rates in countries across the globe. In other words, Colony Collapse Disorder is not just an American problem.


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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 5:35 pm
EMR is veryprobably not the only reason; just like tobacco-smoking is not the only reason for lung-cancer; probably only a major reason in many cases.

" Disruption of homing ability in bees and (carrier)pigeons [from anthropogenic ElectroMagnetic pollution] is well-known for some time, and has also been demonstrated in several other species - like nightingale-thrush, bats, ocean turtles, and ants. [my transl.]" -- "Für zukunftsfähige Funktechnologien" (Oktober 2008; by

see also: Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Clashes with Honey Bees INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (02/2011) (147 KB pdf)

(06/2010) Study Links Bee Decline to Cell Phones - CNN.Com - cell phones powered 2*15 minutes a day seriously disrupts bee-hives


Fiona O (562)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 5:48 pm
There is no link between cell phones and the bee's navigation ability. We are poisoning the bees with nicotene based pesticides, GM crops, and polluted ground water. It is one of the most crucial of all issues since bees and other pollinators are essential to the production of 2/3 of our food.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 7:02 pm
noted, thanks Simone

Constance F (418)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 9:29 pm
Noted. Signed the petition awhile back. I happen to be a Bee lover. As I love animals, I have a passion for the Bee. This is not only frightening regarding our food supply, but the loss of any species causes deep grief.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:02 am
> There is no link between cell phones and the bee's navigation ability.
'interesting' statement.
There sure as hell is Several reporting that there IS; see e.g. examples linked-to above.

and remember: some were unable to find a link between dixine and cancer. or smoking and lung-cancer.

Jill E (1)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:07 am
Honeybees are not the only pollinators around the world, but they are one of the best. And then there's the fact that their honey, a sweetener many people use for a variety of things, will be no more, if they do disappear forever.

National Geographic magazine has a very good article about the 1,2,3 punch these vital insects are suffering from. However, no one has figured out why they're dying out for sure.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:12 am

Maira Sun (34)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:40 am

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 12:44 pm
There was a special on Nat'l Geo last week-end about this. We have lost 1/3 of our bee population. May be many causes, and they did mention use of electromagnetic waves confusing them. Pesticide use should stop immediately and should be removed from the shelves of stores. We cannot risk losing more as that is one cause too. One can use the garden hose to remove many aphids and bothersome bugs. Wish the President would ask the EPA to demand that use be stopped until bee population returns. Yes, ants and wasps are problems but there must be nontoxic ways to get rid of them.
We have few butterflies which are also pollinators, but nothing like bees. They take trucks loads of bee hives around the country to pollinate crops as they are blossoming and I wonder if the movement of them in various parts of the country might confuse them as they have to relearn the path back home, although they have been doing this for quite a long time. You can establish a bee hive in your yard and plant lots of flowers when neighbors have them too. Many cities have Arboretums which they could have a bee hive in place. They are trying to import African bees which are very hardy but are aggressive and trying to get their genetic makeup established to have a less hostile community personality. Schools need to educate the children about what we can to protect and help the bees in our community. Encourage your school system to make this a priority. Remember no bees, no food.

Jean M (3)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 1:08 pm
Signed, thank you!

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 1:11 pm
Signed and shared !

pam wilkerson (14)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 1:56 pm
I am not a bee lover but I will be happy to sign it and build some bamboo for the honey bess's nest in my backyard. Happy bee day!!

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:06 pm
And the Republications want to eliminate the EPA..oh dear, we are doomed!

Charlene Rush (2)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:07 pm
With the decline of the honey bee, comes a serious warning.
Our animal species are the first to suffer the devastation of our planet.

Since, we now accept that cancer is man-made, we must also, accept that we can take steps to halt it. The chemicals we put into our earth, air and water are killing us, just for the sake of convenience.

We, as occupants of our Earth, have a decision to make.
Do we want to make life easier, by doing what is fastest and effortless, which may shorter our lives?
OR, do we want to exercise some discipline, do things properly, stop and smell the roses, and probably make our lives last longer and healthier?

The latter question, requires some extra work, but work well-spent.
This starts with avoiding packaged foods, which are loaded with chemicals.
This is only one step, but a step at a time, is a start.

Hey, Moms & Dads, whatever happened to our kids helping with dinner and clean-up? Please don't tell me, it's a thing of the past. If it is, it's one of the GOOD things of the past, that we should not have forsaken.


Melody Aragorn (135)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:25 pm
Even Bee's are life!! Respect life.
All Life is here on a purpose, least help we can give is by letting them Live..
For every life gone before its time there is a price we have to pay..

Melody Aragorn (135)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:45 pm

Found this on one of the articles tried it was fun.. got a few too its catching on I HOPE..
'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'-Keith L

Yes we can in herds or alone I have planted a few so can you yes had to go there today (Day 3) too to water the plants.. in glass jars, on the wall, in the compound conner, wow must say looks beautiful to.. (got a few kids to join too!)A great hobby... creative too..
Yes we can if we try NOW...
For life as life!!

Mike S (86)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:47 pm
Signed, noted and shared. Thank you Simone.

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:57 pm
Plant the hillsides with flowers and they will come and thank you for it.

Joan Edwards (9)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:08 pm
Do ya think it could be (D) all of the above?
Our whole planet is in utter chaos and the moneyed people choose to ignore all the signs.
The pollution is EVERYWHERE. All kinds of pollution: nuclear, pesticides, growth hormones, noise (the whole planet is reverberating from all the noise); so we've got air, earth and water polluted beyond our control. There's no stopping it. Quickly the planet is deteriorating. Bandaid solutions don't work. We'd need to do a complete turn-around. But that ain't gonna happen. Money speaks louder.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:11 pm
Signed. It upsets me that I've even noticed that there have been less bees around my garden. I try to grow vegetables and fruits that have lots of flowers that the bees enjoy. I wish they'd stop the spraying/using chemicals.
Thanks Simone

Susan D (116)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:25 pm
Insecticides will obviously kill bees-- not only the farmers, but stupid amateur gardeners, use tank-loads of the stuff... then they are surprised the bees are dying! There is also the residual poison when weedkillers are used. These things are not the answer, (if they were, the purveyors of the products would soon be out of business-- "job done" ) but only serve to poison the earth-- the only one we have.
I think that the electro-magnetic signals from eg cellphones are having a contributory effect. The signal can cause a conflagration in a gas station, so it must have an effect on a little creature such as a bee. Just because we cannot see it, does not mean it's not there, or it's not harmful.
No doubt the transportation of bees is not helping, but the problem is the same in countries where the bees are not transported. ty Simone

Susan D (116)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:33 pm
Regarding the idea of going to a "vacant lot" and "planting a flower"-- please don't. The random planting of species not native to a particular location, can wreak havoc on the local wildlife, often with devastating effects.
The "newcomer" may take over the area, leading to the demise of creatures such as bugs and birds, then further up, predators such as owls and foxes. The habitats may change. Some wild flowers that cannot compete will become extinct. It can be as bad to introduce "foreign" plants as "foreign" animals to a habitat.
Someone introduced a rampant plant called Japanese knotweed into a small brook in England-- a few years later, it has spread throughout most of the waterways, drinking up the fresh water, so killing fish and insects, and taking over from the weaker plants that were native and supported the wildlife.
It is better to grow -- the right kind of-- plants in your own yard.
You can get a list of the right plants to attract bees from many sources.

Cindy C (125)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:42 pm

Susan D (116)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:54 pm
Here are the plants which are most attractive to bees:
Comfrey, Common poppy, Corn chamomile, Corn marigold, Corn cockle, Cornflower, Deadnettle, Devil's bit scabious, Field woundwort, Foxglove, Golden rod, Greater knapweed, Lesser snapdragon, Meadow clary, Round-leaved fluellin, Spiked speedwell, Teasel, Thistle, Viper's bugloss (echium), and Whorled clary.

You may well be unfamiliar with quite a few of these-- no wonder, since many of them are scarce nowadays, due to bad agricultural practices, which might be summed up as NOT " leaving a tithe to nature" -- and therefore, no wonder that bees are unable to thrive as they once did.

Here are some other plants attractive to bees-- include some in your garden or veggie plot if you have one:
Alyssum, Annual coreopsis, Annual scabious, Bee sage, Borage, Candytuft, catmint, Chives, Clover, Dahlias, French marigold, Larkspur, Lungwort, Mexican hat, Nasturtium, Sage, Sea holly, Sedum, Sunflower, Sweet william, Tobacco plant (nicoyiana), and Wild Clary.

I have also found that bees are mad about: Lavender, Lemon verbena, wild geraniums(cranesbills) and all kinds of fruit blossom. Leave plants like wild ivy, as bees like to shelter in it on cold evenings and nights. In fact, leave as much natural stuff as you can, for wildlife. Don't be too tidy!

Susan D (116)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 3:55 pm
(nicotiana not nicoyiana!)

MmAway M (519)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:32 pm
Thank you Simone!

Tim C (2420)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:34 pm

Brittany Valdes-pages (197)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:37 pm

janet f (29)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:52 pm
Maybe the Mayans were right and the world will end in 2012. We humans are sure doing a good job of getting to that point.

Kate K (215)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 5:59 pm
See, you mess with Mother Nature and this is what happens. People think they are so smart with their chemicals and technology but now it has all backfired and everything and all the wildlife are out of whack. Great progress.

Lydia S (155)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 6:23 pm

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 7:12 pm
even a flower in a flower pot on a balcony. Let clover grow among your lawn (that's how I got my first bee sting as a kid).

William Y (54)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 7:42 pm
More human caused problems.

Ron Avila (20)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 9:48 pm

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 11:36 pm
Thanks noted and signed

Penelope P (222)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 12:30 am
Britian has banned a lot of pesticides and got them back in some places thank heavens-look in the search section of Care2-there is an article about this

Gwen Hillman (11)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:05 am
This is disasterous !!! A world without bees would collapse in on itself - just like a massive black hole. "You never realise what you lost until its gone" - very, very trite but OH so true !

Justin M (2)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 6:15 am

Natalie Away J (125)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 6:37 am
Noted, gladly signed. We need these bees. I wish all those pesticides would be banned, but obviously the organisations making them are just too greedy to stop. I remember drinking a coke many years ago and it had attracted quite a lot of bees, so I filled up the bottle top with coke and put it down for them, they drank it and I filled it up a few times, they seemed to like it and I was fascinated by them and I never got stung either.

Fareena Narine (58)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 9:13 am

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:06 am
The chemical companies corrupt government officials and politicians world wide. They seem to be given full reign to put dangerous chemicals on the market without regard to the harm they are doing. They poison the land, air, and water and kill beneficial insects, animals and eventually us.

Alet Coetzee (59)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 10:53 am
Noted, thank you

Justin R (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 11:25 am
I am sure the main culprits are pesticides and elimination of environment.

The production and distribution of these deadly chemicals must be stopped immediately or else Soylent Green will go in effect rather sooner than later.

Now all we need is to get investors and corporations of such firms on board. However, their message is clear: To hell with the future, I want my money now.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 11:35 am
Perhaps a few decades from now, we will all remember this moment for what it is: the beginning of a period of devastation such as our species has never experienced before. We have passed the edge and begun to slip down into the abyss.

Ioney W (61)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:47 pm
Thanks for article*

Ioney W (61)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 1:49 pm
Honey Bees are really good insects.They provide so much for the world.**

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 3:14 pm
I would either say that humans are a global problem.

Melody Aragorn (135)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:15 pm
Thanks Susan D, sending you a green star for your flower list.. would look out for these plants and find a nice conner to plant them, we can try atleast right..
be aware, make room for the bees yet at no cost destroy the lives around sounds great .. would note and work towards that, thank you!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:56 pm
Noted and signed.

bj. shaw (61)
Thursday March 17, 2011, 4:59 pm
thank you great article.

Julie W (33)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:54 am
If you plan to plant flowers or shrubs to attract bees, make sure they are old-fashioned non-hybrids. The newer hybrid plants are less attractive to bees, and possibly not as nutritious.
There are companies that sell these - just do a search (I don't live in US).

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:41 am
The problem with bees dying off has been going on for too long. Things have to improve soon or the food chain is in trouble.

Noreen k-Potts (21)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 11:10 pm
Signed and noted

Monday March 21, 2011, 12:30 am
Most bees see both UV & Infra-Red (IR) spectral bands.

I THINK that our ozone layer's becoming so attenuated that the increased Ultraviolet "B" rays are BLINDING these & other insect species.

If you can't SEE, you can't find your all-important FOOD source (flowers)!

Capt. Obvious here: Expect an INCREASE in environmental degradation/erosion/collapse for the FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

David E (1)
Thursday March 31, 2011, 4:23 am
Very Sad.
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