Pollinators and Pesticides

Bees

 

It was a bit difficult to choose a topic equally as important as Earth Day for today’s conversation.

But think this may do.

Let’s talk about bees and the wondrous world of pollinators.

If like me, or maybe not, you were not an expert on their very vital purpose on our planet, here are a few thoughts.

It is quite simple, without pollinators, not much would grow, including a great deal of the world’s food supplies.

They simply said are, one of man’s, forgive me Breanna, best friends.

Pollinators can be seen on any warm day, flitting from one plant, or flower to another, taking and leaving what we humans need to survive.

But, consider this, the bees and many pollinators all over the Earth may soon no longer exist, why you ask?

Their imminent demise is being blamed on, what in our time, has become the single most detrimental toxin that any living thing can be exposed to, pesticides.

And the pesticides that may soon wipe out our pollinating friends, are neonicotinoid pesticides.

Pesticides harm people, plants and animals equally, as they are an equal opportunity killer.

Once their poisons get into our water sources, we are all goners.

Remember Erin Brockovich?

Ask the residents of McFarland, California, in the great San Joaquin Valley, where the continual use of pesticides on their crops, poisoned the entire areas water supply and a great many of their children now have leukemia.

There are many groups and individuals working diligently to reverse the damage already done by these toxins.

One of these groups is the Center for Food Safety, who is asking for your commitment to help stop this disaster in progress, by taking a “pledge to protect the pollinators.”

The world of pollinators is made up of not only bees, but many of their friends, which includes hummingbirds, butterflies and numerous other helpful insects.

It’s a gregarious group effort pollinating all of the worlds growing things you see.

Ensuring that pollinators will always be here to work for us, is merely a matter of making better choices in our gardens and in the food growing industry.

Your local garden shops will know which ones are eco and pollinator friendly, or just plain safe for all of us!

These changes can be done, these changes must be done, if humans wish to continue to have food to eat and exist.

A place to learn more:  Pollinators and Pesticides

 

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31 thoughts on “Pollinators and Pesticides

  1. I did a post Be Nice to Bees or Go Jump in a Volcano, and one of the comenters quoted Einstein as saying if all the bees were suddenly gone the world would follow in less than four years. I should re-post it every week…wake people up to the Bee facts.
    On my Way…

    • Oh yes, what a wonderful idea.
      Can’t wait to read it~
      And what Einstein said, is a fact Jack!
      Here in Florida with all of the gorgeous tropical plant life, this is a very serious issue.

      • Lot of industrial agriculture there too, I would think. There was a lot here, until the corocodiles started going blind, and scarlet macaws became endangered, then they legislated incentives for organic farmers. Nature comes back…but eyes of crocs don’t.
        On my Way…

  2. I am so sorry about the crocs, and macaws, love them.
    Yes, the biggest threats to the Everglades right now are US Sugar and the surrounding farms.
    Their polluted waste waters pour into the ‘Glades.
    We try to buy only organic for us and Breanna.

  3. Wonderful post… We REALLY need to be proactive, the world over, to help these guys. They do incredibly much for all of us.

    I was looking at the solitary bee houses recently, because those are the visitors I tend to get. 🙂

    • What is that phrase, ” it takes a village? ”
      In this case, it will require a Global Effort to save our pollinators.
      We simply must stop poisoning every living thing on Mother Earth, with these continuous chemical bombardments.
      There really is not, nor ever was, any such thing as “better living through chemistry.”
      It was simply a very well crafted marketing tool.
      The over use of chemicals, if not reversed, may eventually end all life, and we will have done it to ourselves.

      • So very true. Another blogger has an extensive post about her poison-spraying neighbor, and the damage it’s doing… And ironically, how her toxin-free space is much healthier, and growing better. It’s amazing. We must start individually, and grow to a global level. It makes me want to cry when I see it all for sale in the stores…. What ARE we thinking? With all this knowledge?

  4. What the world needs is a Harriet and a Breanna in their yards.
    Because of them, we know that we never will use chemicals or poisons.
    We have choices, but we must CHOOSE to take them!

  5. This is a wonderful topic that more people need to be informed one. Many people fail to see how important bees and pollinators are to our planet as well as human life. Keep it up!

    • Ashley, thank you so much for coming here and for caring.
      If everyone who learns the importance of these insects, would make a commitment to never put poisons or chemicals in their yards again, we could stop the dying process.
      Please help them by spreading the word~

  6. My brother Mark is a bee keeper. I wrote a small blog telling what he does. But it doesn’t go nearly go into all the process that bees need credit for. The harmful effects of this changing world and the destruction of the plants, trees, animals, and insects in their natural elements is so unfair. Not only to them but us as well. And I mean that in the sense. Some of the things going on out there just need to be left alone and not tampered with.

  7. An excellent post. In the last few years I’ve been appalled at how BigAg with their lobbies and money has ridden roughshod over politicians. They are allowing corporate agriculture to control the food supply with GMO’s and basically getting away with murder. The loss of pollinators plays right into their agenda. Meanwhile Congress sits on their hands doing nothing but arguing about the fiscal crisis. What will it take to wake them up? If they do finally realize the dangers they’re allowing to be unleashed on this planet, it’ll be too late.

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