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Global Honey Bee Disorders and Extinction
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:37:39 PM »

Honey Bees on the brink of extinction - Research, Causes and Concerns

Honey bee and pollinator decline indicates a “sixth major extinction” of biological diversity is currently underway, caused by habitat loss, pollution, pest invasion, and disease, leading to ecosystem havoc vital to human livelihood. 

What research has been done, and what has been hidden

Current evidence demonstrates that a sixth major extinction of biological diversity
event is underway.

1. The Earth is losing between one and ten percent of biodiversity
per decade

2, mostly due to habitat loss, pest invasion, pollution, over-harvesting and

3. Certain natural ecosystem services are vital for human societies.
Many fruit, nut, vegetable, legume, and seed crops depend on pollination.

Pollination services are provided both by wild, free-living organisms (mainly bees,
but also to name a few many butterflies, moths and flies), and by commercially
managed bee species. Bees are the predominant and most economically important
group of pollinators in most geographical regions.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)4 estimates that
out of some 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these
are bee-pollinated.

In Europe alone, 84% of the 264 crop species are animalpollinated
and 4 000 vegetable varieties exist thanks to pollination by bees5. The
production value of one tonne of pollinator-dependent crop is approximately five
times higher than one of those crop categories that do not depend on insects.

A Study on bee extinction conducted years ago by the USDA has been kept secret and hidden from the public.

The "disclosed" facts of this study were twisted, the public has been
lied to in order to hide one of the real causes of Colony Collapse Disorder!

The results of the study conducted by the USDA proved that even
in microscopic doses the new pesticides manufactured and patented by Bayer
are causing
Colony Collapse Disorder!

This is potentially game-changing research for understanding
Colony Collapse Disorder.
However, I dont look for the
USDA to do anything about it, as they are the perpetrators here.

A top USDA Bee Researcher has intentionally kept the studies facts a secret

The American study ... has demonstrated that the insects’ vulnerability to infection is increased by the presence of imidacloprid, even at the most microscopic doses. Dr. Pettis and his team found that increased disease infection happened even when the levels of the insecticide were so tiny that they could not subsequently be detected in the bees, although the researchers knew that they had been dosed with it.

the lead researcher at the USDA’s very own Bee Research Laboratory completed research two years ago suggesting that even extremely low levels of exposure to neonicotinoids makes bees more vulnerable to harm from common pathogens.

So why on earth are they still in use on million of acres of American farmland?

It has been over two years and this study is still witheld from pubication! "For reasons not specified" ?

Well we know well why this study has not been published!

For reasons not specified in the Independent article, the USDA’s Jeffrey Pettis has so far not published his research. “[It] was completed almost two years ago but it has been too long in getting out,” he told the newspaper. “I have submitted my manuscript to a new journal but cannot give a publication date or share more of this with you at this time.”

New Pesticides Are Killing Honeybee Population Worldwide

A new generation of pesticides could be to blame for Britain's vanishing honeybees, a study has shown. The chemicals, which are routinely used on farms
and garden centres, attack the central systems of insects and make bee colonies more vulnerable to disease and pests, researchers say.
The claims, which appear in an unpublished study carried out at the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory, add to the evidence that pesticides are partly responsible for the mysterious decline of one of the world's best loved  insects.

2010 article quotes USDA Top Bee Researcher as he lies through his teeth!

“We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,” said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory.
Alison Benjamin The Gaurdian, May 4, 2010

So there we have it! In his own words, he said "subtle interactions" when
he knew the truth!

And the truth is that even at the most microscopic doses these pesticides are deadly to the bees!

That was three years ago, it has now reached a crisis of near extinction for the Bumblebees!

It seems the more we know the deeper the rabbit hole goes!

Now, we know that all of the recent food safety legislation is just letting
Monsanto and Bayer have a backdoor pass in the USDA.

Find out the truth before its too late!
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011, 12:24:12 PM »
Its too late  :o

Millions of honey bees killed in apparent poisoning

Several beekeepers in the county have reported lost colonies this week. Charles Smith of Smith Family Honey Company told Stuart News Thursday he lost 400 beehives. He says the bees appeared to have been poisoned.

Millions of honey bees killed
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011, 12:53:02 PM »
Royal Ontario Museum investigates sudden bee death

A Toronto museum is investigating the sudden death of thousands of bees in a glass-enclosed beehive exhibit.

Officials at the Royal Ontario Museum said 20,000 bees in a biodiversity exhibit had died within two days last week, though they had appeared healthy.

Scientists have ruled out staff error and starvation, but said poor ventilation, disease or a lack of worker bees could be to blame.

Royal Ontario Museum - BBC news
Sudden death of 20,000 bees in Toronto

The following links compiles by Slayer69 at ATS

Bee Decline May Spell End of Some Fruits, Vegetables

October 5, 2004
Bees, via pollination, are responsible for 15 to 30 percent of the food U.S. consumers eat. But in the last 50 years the domesticated honeybee population—which most farmers depend on for pollination—has declined by about 50 percent, scientists say.

Unless actions are taken to slow the decline of domesticated honeybees and augment their populations with wild bees, many fruits and vegetables may disappear from the food supply, said Claire Kremen, a conservation biologist at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Bee Decline May Spell End of Some Fruits, Vegetables - National Geographic


Honeybees Dying: Scientists Wonder Why, and Worry About Food Supply

The bees have been dying in unusually large numbers, and scientists are trying to figure out why.

"One in every three bites of food you eat comes from a plant, or depends on a plant, that was pollinated by an insect, most likely a bee," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp of Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences.

"We're still managing to pollinate all the orchards," he said. "But we're really cutting it close out there."

Honeybees Dying: Scientists Wonder Why, and Worry About Food Supply - ABC News

Honey bees are dying all over the globe. Here's why!

A team of scientists from Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and University of California San Francisco identified both a virus and a parasite that are likely behind the recent sudden die-off of honey-bee colonies. Using a new technology called the Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS), which was designed for military use to rapidly screen samples for pathogens, ECBC scientists last week isolated the presence of viral and parasitic pathogens that may be contributing to the honeybee loss.

But it now appears that a much more basic culprit has killed the bees -- Bayer Corporation. Colony Collapse Disorder is poisoning with a known insect neurotoxin called Clothianidin, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, which has been clearly linked to massive bee die offs in Germany and France.

Honey bees are dying all over the globe. Here's why!

Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery

Research at the University of California, San Francisco, had already identified the fungus as part of the problem. And several RNA-based viruses had been detected as well. But the Army/Montana team, using a new software system developed by the military for analyzing proteins, uncovered a new DNA-based virus, and established a linkage to the fungus, called N. ceranae.

Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery

Some very good material in Slater69's thread

Monsanto - Bayer Engineering Death: Bees, Bats and You?

So... we have mites, fungus, GM crops and pesticides all taking out the Bees. Might be a really good time to stock up on honey... as it doesn't spoil, it would be good to have a supply of both the bottled and the raw. Prices are likely to sky rocket in the near future at the very least due to the decline in bees
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011, 02:38:26 PM »
Decline of honey bees now a global phenomenon, says United Nations

10 March 2011

Bee colony collapse, once limited to Europe and America, is now being seen in Asia and Africa. The mysterious collapse of honey-bee colonies is becoming a global phenomenon, scientists working for the United Nations have revealed.

Declines in managed bee colonies, seen increasingly in Europe and the US in the past decade, are also now being observed in China and Japan and there are the first signs of African collapses from Egypt, according to the report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The authors, who include some of the world's leading honey-bee experts, issue a stark warning about the disappearance of bees, which are increasingly important as crop pollinators around the globe. Without profound changes to the way human beings manage the planet, they say, declines in pollinators needed to feed a growing global population are likely to continue. The scientists warn that a number of factors may now be coming together to hit bee colonies around the world, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of damaging insecticides, to the worldwide spread of pests and air pollution. They call for farmers and landowners to be offered incentives to restore pollinator-friendly habitats, including key flowering plants near crop-producing fields and stress that more care needs to be taken in the choice, timing and application of insecticides and other chemicals. While managed hives can be moved out of harm's way, "wild populations (of pollinators) are completely vulnerable", says the report.

Decline of honey bees now a global phenomenon

This one is a bit weird... yet another cause blamed

It’s Official – Cell Phones are Killing Bees

Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones may be to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results. With virtually most of the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) owning cell phones, the impact has been greatly noticeable.

Read more: It's Official- Cell Phones are Killing Bees | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

It’s Official – Cell Phones are Killing Bees

Bees now disappearing worldwide, UN report warns! - ATS Thread

Its funny how a lot of these articles say, "Scientists have said..." but we never see the scientific studies and reports. When we say it people demand all sorts of proof and documents, but whe a scientist says it, everyone just takes their word, without even know which scientist made the report, or having read the reports

Irony  8)
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 02:38:51 AM »
Monsanto may be behind Bee Colony Deaths

Soon to be whistleblower who worked for Monsanto will be releasing documents detailing how Monsanto planned to kill off bee colonies in order to introduce a “new and improved” species of bee that will only pollinate Monsanto crops

Related Links

Monsanto buys company researching death of bees
GE Honeybee
Monsanto buys bee-friendly pesticide researcher

And for those who said crops aren’t pollinated by bees? You’re wrong. Alfalfa is

Mysterious, Massive Disappearance/Death of US Honey Bees – Colony Collapse Disorder

And if you think Monsanto isn’t dominating our government? Read some cables released by wikileaks all about our officials asking for talking points from them, our ambassadors urging trade wars on their behalf:

Wikileaks Cables Show U S Threatening Retaliation if Europe Won’t Accept Monsanto Corn

Are they evil enough to do this? Read up about Monsanto:

Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear

Whistleblower: Monsanto Wants to Kill The Bees To Make Way For Its Super-Bee
posted by Armando Rozário ¹²³ macanese - Cabo Frio, Brazil     -    January 30, 2012.

Source: China Daily

Monsanto may be behind Bee Colony Deaths - ATS Thread

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 11:59:14 AM »
Dramatic decline of bees caused by modern pesticides damaging their ability to home in on their hives, say researchers

French researchers tagged 650 honeybees with tiny microchips attached to their necks in a study which tracked all the bee movements.

Researchers found that the pesticides are preventing bees from
finding their way back to the hive

Half the bees were exposed to low doses of insecticide similar to what they would find in the wild, and when released, these ones were found to be two or three times more likely to die away from their hive.

Neo-nicotoinoids, based on the chemical nicotine, were introduced as an insecticide in the 1990s, and have become the most popular for crops and gardens in the world.


RFID Tracking of Sublethal Effects of Two Neonicotinoid Insecticides on the Foraging Behavior of Apis mellifera

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 12:04:49 PM »
are what make the flea stuff on dogs and cats work

also roundup which tons of our neighbors use all summer cause it was hyped as safe
and yard spraying of chemicals
are right up's big companies selling to the guy who wnats a nice lawn

and what do you think is in the stuff they spray to keep the mosquitoes down...

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2012, 12:19:51 PM »
If I could be allowed to offer a different explanation of why the bees are stressed?????
They are becoming lost.
They navigate by something which to ourselves is none visable....except to hobbits.

That is Rosslyn chapel, where bee hive areas were left by the master masons who built Rosslyn.
I suggest out of their huge respect for the bees.

I study bees and follow them, they are wonderfull, and build perfectly packed hives to raise their young.
To create their queen they turn their pods through ninty degrees, thus the outcome is different.

I also follow that which the bees do....the matrix, and note how our digital world is impacting upon it.

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2012, 12:44:08 PM »
The area I live in (Galveston Island Texas) sends out city trucks on a regular basis with giant foggers attached which spray pesticieds to kill off mosquito's...

They especially spray around protected wetlands areas! Ok, now do they even have a real clue of what those pesticieds are doing to the ecosystem!?

We Had a large honey bee population in the area - not so much anymore.

WHY not build bat boxes (bat housing) instead or swallow boxes? The bats and swallows eat the mosquito's and promote a healthier environment all around!

We have sunflowers growing in the area which do seem to be attracting bees back however after hurricane Ike most of the sunflowers were wiped out... I suppose building some bee hives wouldn't be a bad idea either...

Bat boxes, bird houses, bee hives all cheap to maintain and promotes nature = Healthy environment.

Spray Chemicals affecting water sources and entire ecosystems in deadly ways = Death to environment.

Who the hell is in charge of common sense within our systems?

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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 12:52:44 PM »
Heres some links to when our ancestors showed the matrix,

The bees follow this matrix, but are becoming LOST...thus stressed.

We have over twenty varieties of mosquito in the Uk, but none are vectors of maleria, which is why the spraying is undertaken.
The mosquito is seeking hormones to reproduce, female in particuler.
Our arrogance deems that they have no right to do so????

This link is to japanese so called burial mounds, they are portals positioned in a matrix, exactly where the bees build their hives....I check...oddball I am.

The paintings represent solar and lunar timings, and how this affects the flows upon the matrix...I check.

The bees utilise this to navigate, in our blind arrogance We(YOU) are destroying this with the global digital signals swamping the natural.

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hey Capn Dave, miss you buddy!
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2012, 09:14:24 PM »

This makes complete sense, if the beekeepers are using Corn Syrup in the hives,
no wonder the beehive suffer from CCD!

In a third study, to be published soon in the Bulletin of Insectology, seemingly healthy honey colonies were fed high-fructose corn syrup that had been treated with imidacloprid. Within six months, fifteen out of the sixteen hives that had been given the treated syrup were dead. In commercial beekeeping operations, bees are routinely fed corn syrup, and corn is routinely treated with neonicotinoids.

“I believe one reason that commercial beekeepers are experiencing the most severe Colony Collapse Disorder is because of the link between high-fructose corn syrup and neonicotinoids,” said the lead author of the study, Chensheng Lu, a professor at Harvard. (Bayer CropScience, one of the world’s largest producers of neonicotinoids, has disputed Lu’s paper, as well as the other two.)

Read more:

More on the corn syrup angle...

Every spring millions of bee colonies are trucked to the Central Valley of California and other agricultural areas to replace the wild pollinators, which have all but disappeared in many parts of the country. These bees are routinely fed high-fructose corn syrup instead of their own nutritious honey. And in an effort to boost productivity, the queens are now artificially inseminated, which has led to a disturbing decline in bee genetic diversity. Bees are also dusted with chemical poisons to control mites and other pathogens that have flourished in the overcrowded commercial colonies.
In 1923, Rudolph Steiner, the German founder of biodynamic agriculture, a precursor of the modern organic movement, predicted that within a hundred years artificial industrial techniques used to breed honey bees would lead to the species’ collapse. His prophecy was right on target!

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie — for the past 5 or so years, honeybee populations across the globe have been dying out, and scientists don’t really know why. That is, researchers hope, until now.
A pair of recent studies have pointed to pesticides as the main culprit for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the term scientists use for sudden declines in bee populations. So where are these pesticides coming from? Right inside the hive itself.
Beekeepers use high-fructose corn syrup to supplement hives decanted of honey; since a great deal of American-grown corn is sprayed with neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides, traceable amounts can often be found in the corn syrup.

Pesticides and High Fructose Corn Syrup Recreate "Classic" Colony Collapse Disorder in Experiments

Harvard researchers have literally recreated classic cases of Colony Collapse Disorder by treating bees with minute doses of Bayer's imidacloprid:

Past research has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides, which target insects' central nervous system, do not instantly kill bees. However, to test the effect of even small amounts of these pesticides on western honeybees (Apis mellifera), Harvard researchers treated 16 hives with different levels of imidacloprid, leaving four hives untreated. After 12 weeks, the bees in all twenty hives—treated and untreated—were alive, though those treated with the highest does of imidacloprid appeared weaker. But by 23 weeks everything had changed: 15 out of the 16 hives (94 percent) treated with imidacloprid underwent classic Colony Collapse Disorder: hives were largely empty with only a few young bees surviving. The adults had simply vanished. The hives that received the highest doses of imidacloprid collapsed first. Meanwhile the five untreated hives were healthy.

While authors of previous studies have been cautious about drawing too many conclusions, suggesting that insecticides may be a contributing factor alongside habitat loss, climate change etc—lead author Chensheng (Alex) Lu was more unequivocal, stating that there is clear evidence that imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids are the likely "culprit for Colony Collapse Disorder".

Interestingly, the study also suggests that one of the ways bees are being exposed to imidacloprid may be through high fructose corn syrup which beekeepers have been feeding their colonies for years. U.S. corn began to be sprayed with imidacloprid in 2004-2005, just around the same time that CCD appeared on the scene. 

Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup

Scientists with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid. Bee populations have been dying mysteriously throughout North America and Europe since 2006, but the cause behind the decline, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, has eluded scientists. However, coming on the heels of two studies published last week in Science that linked bee declines to neonicotinoid pesticides, of which imidacloprid is one, the new study adds more evidence that the major player behind Colony Collapse Disorder is not disease, or mites, but pesticides that began to be widely used in the 1990s. 
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On the heels of the EFSA Study that
nails the pesticide use as a cause of devastation,
we have this news from the beekeepers.

This is an environmental nightmare.
Bee population is in severe decline, with reports as low as
50% decline in the U.S and the E.U.

“We’re facing the extinction of a species.” 

“We’re facing the extinction of a species.” That’s what one Midwest-based large-scale commercial beekeeper told me last week at the annual gathering
of the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA). And he meant it.

As one beekeeper told me, “On average, 40% over-wintering losses
across the country. That’s what we’re facing. And my losses are closer to 70% — this is likely gonna be the worst year for bees.”

And as many of us are
already aware, the large corporations are
complicit together in ignoring this grave issue.

The beekeepers themselves identify Bayer, Monsanto and
Aysta hosting workshops to pacify beekeepers!

The consensus from the beekeepers : "If history is any guide, these
corporations will likely continue to object to finding healthy, sustainable
and commonsense solutions to bee declines."

as evidence mounts showing pesticides to be a key catalyst in bee declines. And representatives from chemical giants like Arysta, Bayer and Monsanto made their presence known, even hosting workshops to pacify concerned beekeepers.
These corporations have a lot at stake. With the market becoming increasingly consolidated, just a few companies manufacture many of the same seeds and pesticides implicated in honey bee losses.

The corporations are well aware
time is closing in, and they are even now facing
the wrath of the beekeepers.

The Bumblebees Native to The United States are also in severe decline

A large survey of bumblebees in the United States shows that several species have declined substantially over the past 2 to 3 decades, verifying the suspicions of scientists who have seen local populations disappear. "We've lost a lot of bees. There are whole regions where we can't find them any more," says entomologist Sydney Cameron of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The new research also suggests that a parasite might be driving the die-off, as declining species have higher rates of infection than do stable species.

Bumblebees pollinate many plants and crops such as tomatoes, pumpkins, and blueberries. They're particularly effective because they "buzz-pollinate," vibrating their wings fast to release lots of pollen. And their large size means that they can fly in weather that keeps honeybees, which pollinate some of the same plants, in their hives.


EFSA Study: Pesticides Harming Bees

Bee Protection ‘Essential’ After Scientists lLink Decline In Numbers With Insecticides

The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) has identified a number of
dangerous risks to bees posed by a trio of common insecticides.


“Given the importance of bees in the ecosystem and the food chain and given the
multiple services they provide to humans, their protection is essential”...

“The clear link between neonicotinoid pesticides and declining bee health must sting the government into action – we can’t afford to dither when it comes to protecting these key pollinators”, said executive director Andy Atkins.

“Ministers must urgently remove these dangerous chemicals from sale, overhaul inadequate pesticide safety tests and ensure farmers have access to safe, effective alternatives to enable them to produce food without harming our bees.

“Tens of thousands of people are backing our call for a National Bee Action Plan – it’s time the government listened.”

The Silence of The Bees


It looks like the clock is running out, its time we all listened.

As these beekeepers have said, its going to take all of us.

It will take all of us to make sure they are successful, and to ensure we will have healthy bees and beekeepers for years to come
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 07:35:30 PM »
As I have said before; in one corner of the ring, we have the corporation.  In the other, we have carbon based life.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 08:38:33 PM »
Ya know... sometimes life is funny...

Either that or my powers of materialization are more powerful than i thought :D

I was thinking when I read this latest article that maybe we should just do what the abundance crowds want to see happen and make ROBOT BEES



So on a whim  I did a fast search...

And GUESS WHAT?   :o

Robot Bees Designed To Take Over for Real Dying Bees
By Slate Staff
Posted Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012,

A bumblebee flying near lavender.
Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP/GettyImages.

Autonomous robot bugs sound like creatures from a sci-fi flick, but they could be a reality very soon.

Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex in England are designing the first electronic bees in hopes that they can "supplement or replace the shrinking population of honey bees that pollinate essential plant life," according to the tech blog io9.

The Green Brain Project, as the effort is called, will upload real bees' senses of sight and smell into the tiny robots. Scientists hope these basic cognitive abilities will allow e-bees to detect odors and gases from flowers, just as bees do. The project plans to release the bees in 2015.

Along with making the world safe for pollination, these bees don't sting. That is, unless they get into the wrong hands ...


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[February 21, 2018, 09:45:51 AM]