“With all of the immediate problems facing people these days, it is difficult to be concerned and proactive about the looming environmental crises that will affect us in big ways in the not-too-distant future. After all, who has time to do anything about radiation in the Pacific Ocean when there is still fish in the markets and you can’t find a job to pay the bills?
One of the greatest coming ecological catastrophes for the human race is the global collapse of many bee species which are largely responsible for pollinating our food crops as well as wild plants.
Without bees, human kind will suffer a terrible famine, and in some areas bees have already lost up to 90% of their colonies. Many scientists have linked the collapse of bee colonies to the overuse of a cocktail of varied herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides used in modern agriculture and modern landscaping, and specifically the overused class of poisons, neonicotinoids.”
Via Activist Post
“The debate over the “conspiracy” known as chemtrails, a major part of the growing geoengineering program, has shifted from the existence of the program, to how and why it is being employed. Environmental activism has been so resolute in getting enough people to look up and question what is happening in the skies above them that we are now at the next stage: bringing about an end to the toxic activity of chemtrails and eventually halting other mad geoengineering efforts now under way as well.
Saturday January 25th is the culmination of many local events that have come before – a global march against chemtrails and geoengineering. It is essential for people to gather, discuss, and develop strategies for further action that can help protect the planet for future generations.
Here are 10 reasons why you should consider becoming involved in this mass protest:”
Via Activist Post
“A first-grade field trip to one of the top-ten U.S. zoos led us to a prehistoric bee display. It was much bigger than my little fist. It was like a radish on top of turnip but dark brown with faded yellow stripes and fuzzy tarantula legs. It was so horrifying to think of encountering a giant killer bee with a 4-inch stinger during the time that dinosaurs roamed. What a first-grader wouldn’t realize is that the display would have been a model, as there is a poor fossil record for bees, making it difficult to pin down the wipe-out of their ancestors.
What happened to those guys?”
Via Activist Post
“European scientists say they have discovered the problem behind the declining honeybee population, and pesticides seem to be the culprit.
The study by the journal Ecology Letters states that “extended periods of stress” can cause the failure of a bee colony. Scientists at the University of London believe that when bees are exposed to even low levels of neonicotinoids, behavioral changes occur and work inside the colony ceases. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, neonicotinoids are one of the primary chemical ingredients in Monsanto agricultural products.
The bee colony collapse study also revealed that exposure to chemical pesticides like neonicotinoids in crop fields impact individual bees. The exposure to popular chemical herbicides and pesticides like Monsanto manufactures by even a single bee can cause a honeybee colony to fail.”
Swedes develop drug to combat bee deaths – why don’t they stop spreading all the herbicides,pesticides and planting GMOs instead?
Swedes develop drug to combat bee deaths
“A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” to bees’ immune system and are hopeful that it could slow down the rate at which bees are dying.
“The bacteria in this product is active against both American and European foulbrood disease,” Dr Alejandra Vasquez, who co-developed the product, told
AFP. Foulbrood is the fatal bacterial disease which threatens bees.
“We hope that beekeepers will see this as a good preventative medicine so that they can avoid using antibiotics.”
The researchers, who worked on the medicine for nearly ten years, planned
to launch it at an annual conference of beekeepers in Russia on Saturday.”
Via The Local
“New monster varieties of weeds are taking over fields across the globe, as the use of ever greater amounts of pesticides to cultivate herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops has unleashed a monster.
Experts in weed management are sounding the alarm and looking for new ways to handle the problem after fifteen years of agriculture based largely around Monsanto’s flagship Roundup herbicide, during which “extensive and sustained use of glyphosate as a sole weed control mechanism” has now forced many farmers to pull weeds by hand or return to a costly mechanical tilling of the soil.
The rise of herbicide-resistant superweeds has become such a widespread issue that coping mechanisms and mitigation strategies were a dominant topic at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest science and industry society, when it held its 246th National Meeting & Exposition.”
Via Natural News
“I’m a professional beekeeper and independent research scientist. My sons and I run a 1000-colony beekeeping operation. I talk on a daily basis with beekeepers and researchers around the world. Bees are my life.
I’m also a lifelong environmentalist and organic gardener, coming of age at the time Silent Spring was published. So when bee colonies — including my own — started to die at an increased rate in the winter of 2004-5, roughly coinciding with the introduction of the neonicotinoid insecticides, the claim that they were killing off the bees resonated with me. But my scientific training called for me to actually check the facts of the situation.
The first inconvenient truth is that honey bees are not going extinct — colony numbers are actually increasing in both the U.S. and around the world. But it is tougher to keep them alive these days, even in the absence of pesticide exposure, due to novel parasites and declining forage.”
Via The Daily Caller
” A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will likely reach U.S. coastal waters starting in 2014, according to a new study. The long journey of the radioactive particles could help researchers better understand how the ocean’s currents circulate around the world.
Ocean simulations showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016. Luckily, two ocean currents off the eastern coast of Japan — the Kuroshio Current and the Kuroshio Extension — would have diluted the radioactive material so that its concentration fell well below the World Health Organization’s safety levels within four months of the Fukushima incident. But it could have been a different story if nuclear disaster struck on the other side of Japan.”
“Pesticide warning labels to help save the bees finally have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.
While the EPA has taken a small step in the right direction, it may not be enough to save the drastically shrinking honeybee population. Approximately 70 percent of the food consumed worldwide is pollinated by bees.
The labels will prohibit the use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. Labels must contain an advisory box and icon “with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions,” according to the EPA. The warning label affects the following neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.
The warning label approval came just after the release of a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) detailing the “high acute risks” to bees when exposed to pesticide residues and dusts in pollen and nectar. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, the European Commission recently passed new regulations and restrictions on neonicotinoids.”