Sacred Tobacco Teachings Illuminate Bee Colony Collapse Catastrophe

| 4/29/2011 10:48:29 AM

Tags: bees, honey, tobacco, neonicotinoids, beekeepers, pollination, pesticides, chemicals, Colony Collapse Disorder, CCD, queen of the sun, rudolf steinter, biodynamics, Steven McFadden,

Poster by Meghan Stratham for a screening of Queen of the Sun - Ross Theater, Lincoln, Nebraska. 

A-photo-of-Steven-McFaddenIn bleakly immense numbers, billions of bees, birds and bats continue to perish. These massive, mysterious pollinator exterminations are steadily stinging our food supply and the whole of the natural world.

One out of every three bites of food that we consume is directly linked to pollinators. Thus, as the bees go, so go we.

While the precise cause of bee colony collapse is still argued, clues continue to emerge. Suspects still include mites, viruses, funguses, chemicals, genetically modified plants and associated pathogens, as well as EMF radiation from wireless technology.

According to a widely noted paper in the journal PLoS One, an active part of the problem is a tag-team consisting of a virus and a fungus. Exactly how these micro-entities kill bees remains uncertain. However, researchers did confirm that both the virus and the fungus have their impact in the bee gut. Somehow, the bees’ guts are being rendered vulnerable; then the virus and fungus have their fatal impact.

As for beekeepers, they are increasingly convinced that an underlying cause of this gut-weakening, global death plague is a family of insecticides called neonicotinoids. They are chemicals which mimic the form and function of nicotine, the naturally occurring alkaloid in tobacco. In synthetic, chemical form the neonicotinoids are sprayed on seeds or crops to keep them clear of marauding insects.

By now the neonicotinoids, in combination with a ‘chemical soup‘ of other substances, are widely believed to be a major player in losses being described collectively as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Steven McFadden_1
5/25/2011 9:00:24 AM

Alas, it is deeply disturbing. One simple action people can take that will make a difference in the long term, is to print out a copy of the petition for a National Honeybee Day -- and get people to sign it. If America calls wide attention to the issues, many many more people will also plant their yards with the kinds of flowers bees need. The petition is downloadable at this web site:

S.M.R. Saia
5/25/2011 8:41:41 AM

Wow, this is both fascinating and incredibly disturbing. You know, I have a tree in my back yard that bursts out in white blossoms every spring and for a week or two it has always been swarming with bees. You could walk past it and hear the loud HUM of them all. This year - no hum, I hardly noticed a bee at that tree at all. I have a lot more flowers planted in my food garden this year than I have in the past, and I hope to see a fair number of bees as the season progresses. We'll see. Thanks for the action tips.

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