You Can Save the Bees and Implicitly Our Species... If You Think It's Important Enough
This morning, I've seen a documentary that made a strong impression on me. It was about the devastating effects of pesticides on bee col...
In Germany, the beekeepers lost more than half of their colonies last year and it was all related to new pesticides that got approved by the government without proper testing.
The bees were making huge efforts to return from the pesticide-infested fields, just to die in front of their hives in - what it looked like - excruciating pain.
I don't know if bees are actually able to feel pain or not, but the fact that they are so extremely well organized (those amazingly intricate honeycombs are actually built by the bees from wax; they protect them from melting by regulating the temperature inside the beehives; each individual bee takes on a role, like attending for larvae, making royal jelly for the larvae and the queen, gathering pollen or water for the community, etc. The bees are also capable of changing their role, in accordance to the needs of the hive), makes me believe that there is so much more to them than we know today.
He took random bees from the hive and pressed them against his hand in a way that should have immediately made them act in self defense. Yet, I clearly saw them protecting the back side of their bodies, where the needle is located. They were consciously refusing to sting their caretaker.
So, to see these wonderful creatures tormenting on the ground before eventually dying, made a strong impression on me. Not only that bees are beautiful and intelligent, but our very existence on Earth depends on them.
You see, bees are the most important pollinators in nature and if they go extinct, then crops will fail and our species will starve to death. I know it sounds like something exaggerated, but it's actually true.
According to "Abeilles et fleurs," June, 1965:
"Professor Einstein, the learned scientist, once calculated that if all bees disappeared off the earth, four years later all humans would also have disappeared."Though it is still debated if Einstein actually made this remark or not, what is not debated is the gravity of situation:
“Remove the bee from the earth and at the same stroke you remove at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive.” - “Canadian Bee Journal” (1941) - Quote also attributed to Albert Einstein.In 1901 the prominent Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck published “The Life of the Bee”, and he helped to popularize the idea that the bee was a vital ecological linchpin:
"You will probably more than once have seen her fluttering about the bushes, in a deserted corner of your garden, without realising that you were carelessly watching the venerable ancestor to whom we probably owe most of our flowers and fruits (for it is actually estimated that more than a hundred thousand varieties of plants would disappear if the bees did not visit them), and possibly even our civilisation, for in these mysteries all things intertwine."Scientific Studies Prove Pesticides Are Responsible for Bee Deaths
1. A Harvard University study, published in the Bulletin of Insectology puts the nail in the coffin: neonicotinoids are killing bees at an exponential rate and they are the direct cause of the phenomenon labeled as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Neonicotinoid’s are the world’s most widely used insecticides.
“The results from this study not only replicate findings from the previous study, but also reinforce the conclusion that the sublethal exposure to neonicotinoids is likely the main culprit for the occurrence of CCD.”2. A paper published in the journal Nature discusses how bees are twice as likely to die when exposed to pesticides; two-thirds of the bees are lost when exposed compared to a third when not exposed. The exposed bees are also half as successful in gathering food.- Read more.
3. In a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives.
Researchers Jeffery S. Pettis, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Michael Andree, Jennie Stitzinger, Robyn Rose, Dennis vanEngelsdorp collected pollen from hives on the east coast, including cranberry and watermelon crops, and fed it to healthy bees.
Those bees had a serious decline in their ability to resist a parasite that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. The pollen they were fed had an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides, though one sample of pollen contained a deadly brew of 21 different chemicals.
Further, the researchers discovered that bees that ate pollen with fungicides were three times more likely to be infected by the parasite. - Read more.
It is crucial that we acknowledge the dangers in the 12th hour and act upon it until it's not too late for the bees and not too late for our species.
What can you do about it? First of all, here is a list of petitions that you can sign:
By Alexander Light, HumansAreFree.com;