Honey-bee disappearance spreads

Honey-bee disappearance spreads

At first, it was just the whisperings of a few who could easily be dismissed as crazies, but now it has become too big to ignore. The United Nations has confirmed that honey-bee colonies are mysteriously disappearing across the globe.

After first being noticed in the US and Europe, the disappearance of managed bee colonies has spread to China, Japan and Egypt.

Why are bees important? They are pollinators and they are even more crucial now when there are mounting concerns about food sufficiency.

United Nations Environmental Programme scientists suggest a combination of factors could be responsible for the phenomenon: declines in flowering plants (think of all the disappearing gardens and lawns), harmful insecticides (think of all the pesticides sprayed all over), air pollution and the spread of pests. Read this report in the Independent, UK website.

Time we switched to sustainable organic farming, don’t you think?

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  1. This reminds me of the oft-used quote by Einstein about bees: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”

     
  2. When we see a beehive near our houses, what do we do? We call the Malaysian Civil Defense, the Pertahanan awam.
    They do not charge a fee, but they would ask you to provide a can of Aerosol and newspapers.
    They will only come at night.
    Their method is to burn.
    I think this mentality has to change.
    The public continue to call Civil Defense, but this department will redirect to known bee keepers to take the bees alive.

     
  3. I would say deforestation plays a damaging part to the dwindling population of bees. Mass burning of virgin forest for timber, replanting of different species of trees alien to cleared forest lands and heavy use of pesticides, all contribute significantly to the demise of the pollinating agents of mother nature. Another culprit is GM crops which affect the genetic make up of nature thro’ the food chain.
    The original grand scheme of things in Nature (or from the starting point at the Garden of Eden) work in integrated, harmonious and intelligent fashion, mutually supporting each other for life to thrive and spread in great abundance.
    But one species that has intelligence and free will choose to work against the nature of things – Man. In the relentless pursuit of progress and greed, Man thinks he is now God, given the abundant knowledge of good and evil to create, manipulate, design, build and destroy. With this so called power of knowledge, he heeds no caution. If there’s money, power and fame to be attained, all cautions, nature’s laws and common sense are thrown to the wind. The weakest among men have no influence in what is happening to the environment, cultures and sanity. The choices are now made by the rich, politically connected, corrupted and the evil-in-mind. The way forward looks grim, omenous and suicidal.
    Science and technology are meant to be used wisely and selectively to improve our lives and environment. Not to lead us to eventual extinction in the glorifying name of fleeting progress, money, fame and power to abuse.
    God has always provided us the wonderful means to live happily and in harmony with nature. But we arrogantly choose to live our own difficult, self destructive and meaningless way of life (in order to progress thro’ covetousness).

     
  4. Sign of times…or Sign of End times would be more appropriate.
    I don’t like to us the “doomsday rhetoric” but looking at the situation in the middle east and the disasters in japan, i am compelled to think so.

    come to think of it, have you realise that the population of frogs are also dwindling. frogs’ sensitivity to climate/environment change is well known. after a downpour, the field near my house would be filled with a cacophony of croaking frogs. the frogs have disappeared since a few years ago (in my complacency i failed to realise when)

     
  5. In Australia, honey bees are staying healthy and merry… doing what they do best… pollinating the flowers and collecting honey…hey, good for our economy, lesser competition and better prices!!
    Australia does not destroy their habitat and kept a healthy environment
    for their existence!..try asking the Asian countries to do likewise.

     
    • Not true. The use of inorganic fertiliser is so extensive that land and waterways salinity is a huge problem.

      Pesticides and weedicides are also used extensively.

       
  6. This is nothing new. I have read many reports on the dwindling population of bees, insects that are needed for pollination of crops.

    One other suspected factor is the widespread wireless tele-communication broadcast (proliferation of mobile phone usage, wifi…) and electronic radiation that affects the bees’ sense of navigation.

    Technical magnetic fields disturb the Redox system in bees, which is enormously important for all life forms. If the Redox system balance and related free radical balance are disrupted, then the bees are no longer able to orient themselves by smell, and their vital learning processes no longer function. In other words, they fly in the wrong direction and cannot find their way home. This is one of the first scientifically proven indications that electrosmagnetic waves is indeed responsible for the mysterious disappearance of entire bee populations, as well as the actual cause of the many different bee diseases.

    According to this report:
    http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/Electromagnetic-Radiation-EMR-Clashes-with-Honey-Bees,31,480

    “Bees and other insects have survived and evolved complex immune systems on this planet over a span of millions of years. It is not logical that they would now suddenly die out now due to diseases and natural parasites. This suggests another factor has been introduced to their environment that disrupts their immune system. This man made factor is the mobile towers and mobile phones.”

    “The public is not being informed of the threat due to deliberate attempts on the part of mobile phone makers to mask the direct causal relationship. Over the past several months a cadre of scientists, funded by the deep pockets of the mobile phone industry, has suggested viruses bacteria, and pesticides are to blame for the unprecedented honey bee decline. Rather than critically assessing the problem, the industry is dealing with it as a poliproblem thus manipulating perception of the appropriate remedy.”

     

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