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New Honey Research Suggests a Grim Outcome For Bees Worldwide

Enviroment

Just when we thought things were finally looking up for the bee population, researchers have delivered some disheartening — and frightening — news. Swiss researchers recently published a study indicating that a large majority of the world’s bee population is affected by a common (yet controversial) pesticide, which has contributed to the alarming decline in honeybee populations.

After collecting honey from all around the world, researchers from University of Neuchatel discovered that 75 percent of samples were contaminated with traces of neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides — even from areas of the world with bans on the pesticide.

“Results varied by region,” reports the Associated Press’s science division of the startling findings. “In North America, 86 percent of samples had the pesticide; Asia, 80 percent; Europe, where there’s a partial ban, 79 percent; Africa 73 percent; the Australian region, 71 percent and South America, 57 percent.”

“The study found that nearly half of the honey samples exceeded a level of the pesticide that some previous research said weakens bees,” asserted the report, adding: “But the pesticide makers say otherwise.” And indeed, spokespeople from multiple pesticide manufacturers refuted the study’s claim that these levels would affect bee populations, and researchers from other institutions questioned the study’s sweeping claims about neonics.

But considering that declining bee populations have already led to “honey laundering” — the sale of tainted honey — in the culinary world, the implication of these study findings should give anybody with a sweet tooth pause.

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21 Comments on "New Honey Research Suggests a Grim Outcome For Bees Worldwide"

  1. farmlad on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 5:55 pm 

    Honey bees are just one of the myriads of insect species and especially pollinators faceing extintion from things like habitat loss due to cropping monocultures, tillage, and pesticides and on and on. Neonicotinoids are being used to treat almost all seeds. Each corn seed normally gets planted with enough neonicotinoids to kill 36’000 bees. No wonder the insects are hurting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yOcXnlY60s&t=93s

  2. makati1 on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 7:01 pm 

    About 1/3 of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Not a good sign of sustainability of our food sources. We have several wild colonies on the farm, very far from any pesticide use.

  3. ____________________________________________ on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 7:03 pm 

    Survival of the fittest, beetches. Like I said there is no room for fragile pussy species in this universe.

  4. ____________________________________________ on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 7:05 pm 

    Makafagi bees pollinate useless crops that make up less than 1% of global food supply.

  5. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 7:25 pm 

    We could outlaw the pesticides that kill the bees.

  6. makati1 on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 7:38 pm 

    _______ No name, bullshit!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees

    Also, just because other pollinators are not in the study does not exclude THEM from the die off. We are killing our food supply with our greed. There will be no humans by 2100.

  7. Shortend on Sat, 7th Oct 2017 11:21 pm 

    I kept honeybees in the 1980s before all this started, and it was a fun hobby. No way would I do so today…too much shxt to contend with to keep them alive.
    What do we expect? What goes around, comes around.
    I think we should dismantle the EPA (sarcasm)

  8. Davy on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 12:32 am 

    “I kept honeybees in the 1980s before all this started, and it was a fun hobby. No way would I do so today…too much shxt to contend with to keep them alive.”

    I personally have two hives and this year we are going to have a gallon or two of honey. It is a lot of effort but I feel it is worth it for the environment. My wife is the keeper of the hives and she has help from a bee guru from the local bee club. He keeps 10 hives on the farm in addition to our two. I do not recommend bee keeping unless you have time and the money. Last year one hive did poorly and one swarmed. This year is our third year and we are getting better at it and we have help from experts.

  9. Theedrich on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 2:32 am 

    Bee extinction is not our only worry.  The world is getting much closer to a serious nuclear war.  The D.C. regime keeps blustering about how it can “solve” the North Korean threat by Blitzkrieg.  However, as “open source” Middlebury Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, has now shown, that solution will no longer work.  It is quite probable that Kim Jong-Un has ALREADY mounted nuclear weapons on his IRBMs;  in the event of Trump’s “decapitation” of the North’s leadership, the DPRK’s military will take revenge by nuking over two million South Koreans and Japanese, and wounding and devasting about eight million more.  China may also get involved.  Bye-bye world economy.

    It is the current media fashion to blame every woe in the world on President Donald Trump.  However, the U.S. has been in the habit of regime-changing countries through subversion by “democracy-promoting” NGOs and open aggression for a long time, starting before the present administration was even on the horizon.  The DeepState’s lunge for totalitarian control of the world began when the USSR collapsed, allegedly resulting in a “unipolar” world.  But the would-be supermen’s time is running out.  The Swamp now appears to be desperate because its one and only chance of avoiding EROEI bankruptcy and ultimate collapse is going up in smoke.  If it decides to obliterate Mr. KJU’s kingdom, it will ultimately be accelerating its own demise — never mind causing the deaths of millions of people in supposedly allied countries.

    The world’s bee population may soon be not the only species facing disappearance.

  10. makati1 on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 3:19 am 

    Very good analysis, Theedrich. There is no guarantee that the nukes will all be falling in Asia. If the Chinese and/or the Russians get involved. it could escalate to the decimation of the US also. You have to look at where the fallout will go. Depending on the wind direction, both Russia and China may get it. Not to mention that the US is also down wind of that region most of the time.

  11. baha on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 3:53 am 

    Once again big corporations are more interested in profit than anything. Doesn’t the CEO know he has to eat too?

  12. Davy on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 7:40 am 

    “in the event of Trump’s “decapitation” of the North’s leadership, the DPRK’s military will take revenge by nuking over two million South Koreans and Japanese, and wounding and devasting about eight million more. China may also get involved. Bye-bye world economy.”

    My thoughts exactly Thee. If we go that route all efforts at extending the status quo are over. This includes clogs golden decade fantasy. Starvation will begin to limit population and a general decay and decline of all nations is assured. It is as simple as that so if you wake up one morning and the US and NK are at war you may be wishing you had done a little more prepping. Well, it may not matter because that is the end of the world as we know it so who knows what is going to shake out. Not good is all that comes to my mind. No expert can tell us how quickly the situation will deteriorate.

  13. DerHundistlos on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 7:51 am 

    Amazing that the world is in the midst of growing global environmental catastrophes- and it’s not just pollinators as bats in the United States are dying by the millions due to White Nose Syndrome and Chytrid is wiping out amphibians (i.e. the recent extinction of the national symbol of Panama, the Panamanian Golden frog)-yet the conversation reverts to back to the more exciting disaster porn of nuclear war.

  14. deadlykillerbeaz on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 7:54 am 

    Hey, honey bees are my close relatives, I myself feel threatened now! Save the bees!

    Two drops of pure nicotine on your tongue will cause your death.

    Tobacco is the most addictive substance known to man. The numbers alone provide the proof.

    Who doesn’t want to enjoy a Havana cigar rolled on the thighs of 17 year-old virgins with bosoms of ample size?

    I have forty nice tobacco plants out in my garden this year. The are all a good seven feet tall.

    Nicotinamide is a powerful insecticide.

    Neonicotinoids are used in the horticulture industry extensively. Many seeds for flower production are now coated with neonics.

    If you know about Bouldin Lawson seeding machines, you know many, as in hundreds of thousands of seeds can be seeded into 1/2 inch square cells in a seeding tray in a short period of time. Suction needles pick up the seeds and drop them into each cell more or less nonstop all day long. You only need one operator, and with a serious planting regimen, you can plant a million seeds easy.

    Coated seeds plant easier.

    Bees need water like cattle need water, without a water supply, honey bees are not going to do as well.

    The beekeeper comes back every year a leaves plenty of boxes, one hive went rogue and is in between the walls of an old outbuilding on the farm. They swarmed one day and went to work gathering nectar. Only one beekeeper per quarter section of land in my state of confusion.

    You don’t have to be an Einstein to know bees are an important insect species that must survive.

  15. Estamos Jodidos on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 8:49 am 

    Bee Keeping is not for the faint hearted. We sure enjoy the honey, but as Davy noted, Bees are a project, mites, and weather are just two of the big problems. The guy next to us sprays his fields with herbicides and insecticides and there go our our Bees, all of them. So, you start over, and with notice you cover your hives with sheets when the spraying is going on.. Impossible odds for the Bees. Monarch Butterflies used to visit our place in significant numbers…, not any more. We are lucky to see one or two Monarchs during the summertime. I guess I had better get to work on my flying saucer so my family and I can get the heck off of this doomed orb.

  16. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 8:55 am 

    Might be time to leave this hot, crowded, cop ridden planet?

  17. Duncan Idaho on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 8:57 am 

    The Honey Bee is a invasive species in the Western Hemisphere.
    Pinnacles Monument alone has 400 native bee species.

  18. Davy on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 9:05 am 

    “Monarch Butterflies used to visit our place in significant numbers…, not any more. We are lucky to see one or two Monarchs during the summertime.”

    I am seeing a few but this is the worst year ever here in central Missouri for monarchs. I am leaving significant areas grow up in thistle and other weeds so the monarchs and bees have more food but it is looking increasingly bleak for the monarchs. sad

  19. deadlykillerbeaz on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 9:28 am 

    The flowering plants along the driveway attracted many thousands of monarchs in late August, early September this summer.

    Migration time for them.

    However, the dragonfly species were significantly lower in numbers.

  20. twocats on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 2:23 pm 

    humans can do the job of pollination and are actually very efficient (in terms of pollination % if not in terms of energy inputs and upkeep).

  21. makati1 on Sun, 8th Oct 2017 6:16 pm 

    twocats, are you on something? I would like to try it. It must be powerful if you think you can replace quadrillions of bees. LOL

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