Beepocalypse

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A bee performing the miracle that keeps the whole world running~
Picture credit: Bob Peterson/ Jacopo Werther

 

If like us, Spring at your house means working in your garden and/or your yard, here are some things that you may wish to consider before you begin.

In my email this morning was a new round of pleading from one of my favorite sources for  keeping our Planet safe, the Cornucopia Institute.

They are once again, repeating a request for us all to stop using a certain type of insecticides in our yards because of the mortal effects they are having on our bees in America.

Bees and all pollinators are dying by the millions and it is having a ripple effect all across our Planet.

On the Weather Channel this week, a sad example was demonstrated live on the set, bees are being born with crumpled wings and only living a day or  two,  because they cannot fly, the source or cause of this deformity is mites.

Two more recent possibilities that have been reported as possible, or probable,  causation for the massive Global bee deaths, are extremely cold weather and a plant virus.

So, when all of theses factors occur within a short period of time, the mites, pesticides, extreme cold and plant viruses, the world’s bees bite the dust by the millions.

Many are calling this  phenomenon, a  Beepocalypse.

We do not use any pesticides on our property because of our Airedale Breanna and our Gopher Tortoise Harriet.

We also do not wish to have our beloved green tree frogs or lizards killed by them.

Pesticides, like Monsanto’s  Round Up are just plain lethal to all livings things, they are equal opportunity killers.

Insecticides have already been banned in Europe.

Surely if they can do this to save our  Global pollinators and their food supplies, we can as well?

Another point to remember, if you like to eat, think about what the  bees and pollinators do for all of us, every single day of their lives.

Without them out there doing their jobs, our food supplies would  dwindle and quickly.

No bees, no food, no flowers, no people.

Pretty simple really,  isn’t it.

As a result of the massive backlash against these lethal products,  most lawn and garden departments now carry and are happy to refer people,  to the ones that are safe, or safer and more natural and have a less harmful effect on all that comes in contact with them.

Here in Florida,  this has now become a problem of nearly  historic levels for areas like the Indian River Lagoon  area.

This Ecosystem has seen catastrophic wildlife death numbers in the past few years from multiple causes, but the primary one is considered to be toxins in the water.

Pesticides used on our yards and in farming,  are the worst offenders in Florida.

Manatees, Dolphins, and  birds are sick and dying here and the water that they depend on for life, is to blame.

The only way to fix this,  is for all of us to become very concerned and careful about what we use and do with any chemicals.

Is your yard being perfectly emerald-green worth an animal’s life?

Please remember Floridian’s, what goes on our lawns and on our land here, ends up in the aquifer and eventually in our drinking water.

Do you really know what is in that glass of water you are drinking today?

 

Places to learn more:

Why Bees are Dying

Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

Center for Food Safety

More than 50,000 bees killed in Oregon, insecticide blamed in largest bee die-off in recorded history

Bees Dying by the Millions in Canada

How a Plant Virus May Help Cause the Beepocalypse

Bees are dying. Here’s why you should care

 

 

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58 thoughts on “Beepocalypse

  1. Right on, Alligator Woman. Monsanto and their myth about Round Up’s safety…it’s abominable and utterly destructive. Thanks for putting this post in the world.

  2. More than 2.5 million of us campaigned to persuade the European Union to ban the use of bee-killing pesticides in Europe. Despite the huge amount of lobbying by corporate interests we managed to win the vote. Unfortunately this is not a permanent ban, it is only a 2 year moratorium. It really is crucial that worldwide we do as much as we possibly can to support bees. Bees certainly are a vital part of our daily lives, whether we love them or not – no bees = no food! Come on everyone, get planting for bees this Spring 🙂

    • God Bless you~
      Could you please clone yourself and those who worked with you?
      We need millions more just like you.
      Thank you for all that you do for the innocents~

      • 🙂
        you might like to look at this webpage from Avaaz, one of the campaign websites that was working across Europe to summon up support for bees …
        http://www.avaaz.org/en/bye_bye_killers_uk/?bVsqydb&v=23039

        People from all over the world support campaigns on all kinds of social and environmental justice issues through the huge Avaaz community.

        A lot of us really do care deeply about what is being done to our planet – together we really can make a difference 🙂

    • Thank you so much for sharing.
      The Indian River Lagoon area is a critical habitat for countless animals.
      I love the whole area and have written about it several times on this Blog.
      Please feel free to keep me/us updated on current issues there by commenting on any of these “Lagoon” posts.
      The world needs to know what evil lurks in the waters of the “sunshine” state.
      Of course Round Up is in the Lagoon, along with countless other chemicals and toxins used everyday in the surrounding areas.
      They are the primary reason the wildlife is dying.

  3. I am a person who loved honey, and I love organic food, so the bee situation has concerned me for several years now. We’ve almost succeeded in what appears to be our “scorched earth” policy. What are we leaving for our future generations, other than concrete, steel and glass?

  4. This is so true. We should really think about all the good things these little guys help provide us with. And what harm do they do really? The just buzz around. And a garden shouldn’t be absolutely perfect. Is it really worth it to have no pest to not have any food that needs the bees to polynate them?

  5. Amen, dear Gator Gal. If conscious beings exist in later millennia, they will ask, “Why did Homo sapiens of the late twentieth and early twentieth centuries allow bees to die?”

    Bees are the canaries in the coal mine of this globe. We ignore their deaths at our peril.

  6. Neonicotinoids are also laying a role in the mass killing of bees. Neonicotinoids have been banned in many European countries. I’m afraid with our current political state of plutocracy in the US that nothing will be done to stop Bayer and Monsanto from exterminating all living things. Yes, they are slowly killing us too.

    • Thank you so much. I love your Blog, it is wonderful.
      The food looks yummy!
      I was quite thrilled to have your highly educated in the Social Sciences presence on my tahtonka Blog,
      which is my newest one.
      That Blog is my heart felt dedication to Global Culture, which is where my education was in California.

  7. YOu have absolutely no idea how much I hate the Monsanto corporation… They kill everything on their path and are ok with stripping the livelihood of farmers that try to save seeds. If their seeds accidentally get blown to someone’s land, they can sue the person for theft of intellectual property and other counts… they drag these lawsuits until the farmer has to declare bankruptcy and settle out of court, which involves the farmers either closing down their farms or buying seeds from Monsanto…. What a shower of bas$&^£$&^… (sorry)

    • And something else… now they have this strain of seeds that have been nicknamed suicide seeds or something of the kind. These seeds are able to sprout only once and produce only dead seeds. It really hurts me that someone in the world can own seeds. Hats off if you have the technology to manipulate seeds and the expertise, but privatizing seeds is pretty much the same as privatizing water or any other natural resource…

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