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40 Percent Honeybee Die Off In One Year

Dropping bee population spells famine for humanity
“Commercial beehives pollinate over a third of America’s crops and that web of nourishment encompasses everything from fruits like peaches, apples, cherries, strawberries and more, to nuts like California almonds, 90 percent of which are helped along by the honeybees. Without this pollination, you could kiss those crops goodbye, to say nothing of the honey bees produce or the flowers they also fertilize.”

White House Science Czar John P. Holdren, who wrote the Eugenics classic “Ecoscience (Population,Resources,Environment) with Paul and Anne Ehrlich. Holdren’s population control manifesto insisted that illegitimate babies either be put up for adoption or aborted. Adding sterilants to public drinking water and staple foods. Restricting the number of children you can have. And ultimately creating a central Planetary Regime to control all population,resources, and the environment. Now Holdren is using the old globalist tool, order out of chaos. Citing the statistics that 40% of U.S. Bee colonies have collapsed over the past year. Holdren and the Obama Administration are calling for restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years. Before the Feds start snatching up land and forcing people off of it. While buddying up to CropLife America the group that represents the makers of pesticides.

“Obama signed HR 993. It was a bill funding the federal government. There was a rider in it. A Monsanto and biotech rider. The gist of the rider is: a dangerous ghoulish GMO food crop can’t be stopped by a court order. That crop can still be grown, harvested, and sold in the US.”

‘Commercial beehives pollinate over a third of America’s crops and that web of nourishment encompasses everything from fruits like peaches, apples, cherries, strawberries and more, to nuts like California almonds, 90 percent of which are helped along by the honeybees. Without this pollination, you could kiss those crops goodbye, to say nothing of the honey bees produce or the flowers they also fertilize’.

What are those that spend everyday with bees saying? Jon Bowne spoke with Texas based Round Rock Honey Owner Konrad Bouffard, in his element.



44 Comments on "40 Percent Honeybee Die Off In One Year"

  1. henriksson on Sun, 24th May 2015 4:20 pm 

    Umm… what’s Infowars crap doing on this site?

  2. GregT on Sun, 24th May 2015 4:28 pm 


    Countering the disinformation, distortions, and lies constantly being spewed fourth by the lame stream media?

  3. Apneaman on Sun, 24th May 2015 4:51 pm 

    California Drought Caused By Climate Change

  4. Apneaman on Sun, 24th May 2015 5:03 pm 

    When the far north starts burning earlier every year, you know were getting closer. Climate disruption will break the infrastructure and the bank. Not long from now we will just look the other way….when it becomes apparent that our efforts are not even making a dent. Notice how the CBC will not even mention climate change in the article. That’s how you keep your job under the Harper gang. Just ask the unemployed earth scientists who simply did their jobs what happens if you speak the truth in Canada. Sieg heil!

    Yukon’s record breaking temperatures enter second week
    Heat wave continues into 8th day with new records set in 7 communities

  5. hiruitnguyse on Sun, 24th May 2015 5:09 pm 

    accelerating faster than expected….

  6. Nony on Sun, 24th May 2015 5:35 pm 

    I heard the 40% loss is not quite as bad as it sounds, because beekeepers can split existing hives and they get back up to speed fast. (I know it sounds crazy and not saying die offs are good. Just this is a technical issue.)

    P.s. Despite all the angst, neither the price of pollinated crops nor the price of honey has been impacted. Score one for supply and demand and economics over the constrained resource view.

    P.s.s. Bees ARE a renewable resource.

  7. Davy on Sun, 24th May 2015 6:12 pm 

    NOo, just add the bee die off to the long list of other issues. Put that into your supply demand noise and see what kind of squeak it makes.

  8. Northwest Resident on Sun, 24th May 2015 6:20 pm 

    Just 40%? Not bad. I’ve been reading a LOT about bees for several months now — 4 or 5 books and lots of web based content. 40% to 50% die off doesn’t sound terrible, based on what I’ve learned. If we didn’t have a 40 – 50% die off every year, that would mean that the bee population would be expanding, which it can’t and won’t do because a) natural habitat is constantly shrinking and b) we have practically zero feral bee colonies in America these days due to the impact of the varroa mite. Keeping a beehive alive year after year is a major task these days. Pesticides and herbicides being widely used obviously doesn’t help, but there are other prime killers of bees besides the chemicals farmers are using on their crops.

  9. Makati1 on Sun, 24th May 2015 6:45 pm 

    A 40-50% die off … ABOVE the norm … is a disaster in the making. As usual, the article does not put it into correct context. Poisons are NOT selective and the ignorance of the population makes such plundering by big corporations easy. Monsanto is being banned in more and more intelligent countries … UFSA not included.

    Keep killing off the life cycle support and see how fast it collapses. Ignorance is bliss. Do you like to eat dirt? Some find that is the only way to stave off hunger pains before they starve to dearth.

  10. dave thompson on Sun, 24th May 2015 7:08 pm 

    We are now seeing up close just what can only get worse. Will the people wake up ?

  11. Apneaman on Sun, 24th May 2015 7:20 pm 

    Talk about the normalcy bias. I am still amazed at the number of people who can write things off as normal when only decades ago such conditions would be thought to be a disaster. I used to think it was just young people who weren’t around, but there are just as many middle aged (me) and older people who accept it as no big deal (Nony’s) and go to great lengths to rationalize things. Apes are crazy!

    Suicide By Pesticide
    What the honey bee die-off means for humanity

  12. Apneaman on Sun, 24th May 2015 7:21 pm 

    Shifting baseline
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A shifting baseline (also known as sliding baseline) is a type of change to how a system is measured, usually against previous reference points (baselines), which themselves may represent significant changes from an even earlier state of the system.

  13. Perk Earl on Sun, 24th May 2015 7:26 pm 

    Aren’t they referring to the over all population dropping 40%? If that really happened in one year whatever pesticide is the cause, it must have just come out, right? Somebody with a spine (not those tag along shills in DC) better isolate it and remove it from usage or we’re going to be paying bucko bucks for food. Along with a worsening drought in CA and that could jackknife the economy into a hard recession, as opposed to the red queen one we have now. Our chalk-full CA produce sections might dwindle a tiny bit, but everywhere else will be whining big time because an avocado is 7 bucks.

  14. hiruitnguyse on Sun, 24th May 2015 7:33 pm 

    Martenson on same….

  15. Northwest Resident on Sun, 24th May 2015 8:15 pm 

    In America, the great majority of the bee population is “domesticated” — bee keepers raising and maintaining bee colonies. According to Target Health, Inc. approximately 90 percent of the wild bee population in North America has died out and percentages are close to that in European bee colonies.

    So when we talk about 40% die off, we’re talking almost exclusively about bees being raised for commercial purposes, because that’s just about all that’s left in America — and in Europe, it seems.

    The varroa mite accounts for a large portion of the damage to wild and domesticated bees. Imported from China, there was no natural defense against the varroa mite in American bees, which are descendants of European bees and are not native to America. Varroa mites can and do wipe out entire colonies, and spread rapidly in any area where an infected hive exists.

    The big bee die off already happened. What’s left is commercially raised bees along with lots of hobbyists who often don’t know what they’re doing and still have a lot to learn (me included). First year hives have very bad chances of making it through the winter and surviving through the next year. Just saying, 40% die off sounds dramatic, but they’re just commercial bees and there aren’t any shortages of bees being sold that I know of.

  16. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 12:47 am 

    Remarkable before-and-after photos make it undeniably clear we’re ruining our planet

  17. Kenz300 on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:15 am 

    The top 1% want it all ………even if it destroys the planet…

    Profits above all else…..

    Time to vote the RepubliCONS out of office.

  18. Kevin Cobley on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:19 am 

    White House Science Czar John P. Holdren, who wrote the Eugenics classic “Ecoscience (Population,Resources,Environment) with Paul and Anne Ehrlich.

    This book was not a “eugenics classic” it was simply an empirical study of resource depletion, The right wing propaganda groups have a largely fabricated positions in regard to this book which are easily disproved by simply reading this book.

    This article should be moved to a right wing crackpot site, sounds like one of General Buck Turgidson’s raves about fluoridation.

  19. Joe on Mon, 25th May 2015 9:21 am 

    If i’m not mistaken the Monarch butterfly population also has crashed due to god knows what.Whats being asked of us in the US,is to plant milkweed to help feed the Monarch during its migration from Canada to Mexico.


  20. JuanP on Mon, 25th May 2015 9:38 am 

    In Uruguay, we produce more than 12,000 metric tons of honey and consume around 1,000 metric tons, around 8% of our production, and we export the rest, around 92% of the total production. Since most agriculture down there is organic, most of the honey is organic, too, though it may not be certified organic in some cases.

    Recently I’ve been considering building different types of hives in the future as a hobby.

    Here, in Miami Beach, and the surrounding islands, there are many bees and they seem healthy. At the gardens and places I visit I can see the bees every day. My guess is most of them are wild since I have never seen or heard of an apiary or hive in the neighborhood. I haven’t noticed a decline in the number of bees in the places I frequent.

    I think that at some point the decreasing biodiversity, and increasing environmental degradation and ecological pollution around here will catch up with our local bees. I can hardly imagine how bad all those Monsanto and other products must be, if bees have it better in this f*cked up concrete jungle I live in. There is something to say for fresh sea air. Our ESE trade winds are what makes living here possible for me, and maybe for the bees, too.

  21. Davy on Mon, 25th May 2015 9:59 am 

    Joe, I have made a big effort to save some of the pasture spots with milkweed on my farm. I am in a big effort currently with pasture improvements. I am using burning, mowing, and some spot chemical applications for the worst infestations. I have considerably milkweed that the butterflies love. Monarchs frequent the farm every year.

  22. penury on Mon, 25th May 2015 10:16 am 

    I think that there may be some confusion on what the title of the article says. When the article references forty per cent of hives, that would mean a reduction of the population of that group of bees (a hive) to below viability. The normal die off of a hive may be forty per cent (usually a little higher), necessary to allow the hive to feed and maintain pupae during non-feeding periods. So the death of forty per cent of the bees in a hive is not a problem, the death of 40 per cent of the hives is a major problem. A bee colony will not feed worker bees during the non-pollen collecting periods, they lock the access to the hive and the workers remain outside and die. Sort of like we have started to do in the areas where feeding the poor and homeless is a crime. Bees are smarter than humans, they perfected their birth control during evolution. But if the hive dies, a new colony must be started. And trust me GMO crops are not beneficial to our pollinators. ( and depending on your stance not good for consumers either)

  23. ffkling on Mon, 25th May 2015 12:58 pm 

    The Monarch butterfly population has declined by 97%. This beautiful and iconic species is on the verge of functional extinction. All of us can make a huge difference by requesting your state rep. and senator intervene with the state highway department so that the highway right of ways are not mowed most importantly from July 25 to September 10.

  24. Davy on Mon, 25th May 2015 1:40 pm 

    Pen, great info. I have a hive and plan on expanding.

  25. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 2:22 pm 

    Say Goodbye to the Holocene Epoch

    “– The last time carbon levels reached 400 ppm, and “mean global temperatures were substantially warmer for a sustained period,” was probably 2-3 million years ago, in the Mid-Pliocene era.
    – Sedimentary cores taken from a Siberian lake north of the Arctic Circle shows that mid-Pliocene atmospheric CO2 measured between 380 and 450 parts per million. Those same cores contain fossil pollens from five different kinds of pine trees as well as numerous other plants we don’t find in today’s Arctic.
    – Temperatures were 2-3 ˚C higher—about 4-6 ˚F—above pre-industrial levels.
    – Arctic temperatures were between 10-20 ˚C hotter.
    – Sea levels were, on average, between 50 and 82 feet higher.
    – A warmer Arctic saw the spread of forests and forest biology to the far reaches of the north.
    – Many species of both plants and animals existed several hundred kilometers north of where their nearest relatives exist today.
    – The Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Current experienced enhanced heat transport pushing warm water further to the north. Similar heating in the Pacific impacted the areas as far north as the Bering Sea.
    – Arctic ice was “ephemeral”, as in, not permanent, and melted in the warm season.
    – North Atlantic regions warmed considerably.
    – Australopithecus afarensis, an early hominid at the time, roamed East Africa and slept in trees, eating mostly fruit, seeds, roots, and insects with the occasional lizard and scavenged meat.”

  26. BobInget on Mon, 25th May 2015 3:24 pm 

    Could climate changes be having an effect on colony disappearances? The way they find their home hive is more then interesting.

    I’ve kept bees to pollinate my berries, when they all dies off, we now rent.

    Below, we see how climate change effects first the poorest, next, working classes then rich folks like you and I.

    There’s no doubt AGW has something to do with this:
    NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.

    The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F).

    Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly or the homeless in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said officials, but some deaths have also occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

  27. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 3:44 pm 

    Bob, I can’t recall reading anything on climate change and bees specifically, but like every other creature they evolved with a specific habitat and rely on other life for theirs. Some life can adapt or evolve to fast changes in their environment, but it’s one of those things we only find out after the fact. I wonder how many wild bees would be left if people were not breeding bees? Do some escape to the wild and start their own colonies? People think it is scary listening to climate scientists, but for me it’s what the biologists are saying that is terrifying. Who knows more about the strengths and weaknesses of the complex web of life than biologists?

  28. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 4:18 pm 

    Coming to a local near you?…..probably soon.

    Over 500 dead across India as heat wave sets in, Telangana’s Khammam sizzles at 48 degrees

  29. hiruitnguyse on Mon, 25th May 2015 4:21 pm 

    seems like as bad a place as any to post this one:

  30. Davy on Mon, 25th May 2015 4:48 pm 

    Hiruit, had one of those big yellow jackets on the screened in porch last week. It was not very mean. I put it down with my trusty bug zapper

  31. hiruitnguyse on Mon, 25th May 2015 4:52 pm 

    I saw one about 3 years ago in a local farmers barn, they had nested between the rafters, and this thing was about 18 inches wide by 7 or 8 feet long…..Thousands of bees. I doubt if you would have made it out alive had it been disturbed. Check out the one that filled up an entire car in Etowah County.

  32. GregT on Mon, 25th May 2015 5:20 pm 

    “for me it’s what the biologists are saying that is terrifying”

    Absolutely Apnea. The fact that GM was ‘Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology’ is what really has me terrified, that and the fact that he isn’t at all alone.

  33. dissident on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:02 pm 

    But we are told that all these pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are safe. We are also told lots of other lies.

  34. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:07 pm 

    Notice the pattern of how old these guys are? At or near retirement when they can’t do as much to hurt you it’s easier to knock the sugar coating off. Plus who gives a shit about status happens to some of us as we age. Same as with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. McPherson is younger and tenured so they can’t outright fire him, but it’s my understanding the administration at the U of A made things difficult for him. Dr Peter Ward (American) got fired recently from the University of Adelaide in Australia for speaking out on the Abbot’s government policy of dredging The Great Barrier Reef. And some of us know how the Harper gang has gutted/muzzled/fired many federal scientists in Canada.


    Frank Fenner sees no hope for humans

    FRANK Fenner doesn’t engage in the skirmishes of the climate wars. To him, the evidence of global warming is in. Our fate is sealed.

    “We’re going to become extinct,” the eminent scientist says. “Whatever we do now is too late.”

    Fenner is an authority on extinction. The emeritus professor in microbiology at the Australian National University played a leading role in sending one species into oblivion: the variola virus that causes smallpox.


    Wildlife biologist Neil Dawe says he wouldn’t be surprised if the generation after him witnesses the extinction of humanity.

    All around him, even in a place as beautiful as the Little Qualicum River estuary, his office for 30 years as a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service, he sees the unravelling of “the web of life.”

    “It’s happening very quickly,” he says.


    Jeremy Jackson is a marine ecologist, paleontologist and a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California as well as a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama. Dr Jackson is not saying extinction, but it’s pretty dire nonetheless.

  35. GregT on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:30 pm 

    David Suzuki

    “The fundamental failure of environmentalism”

    “We have not, as a species, come to grips with the explosive events that have changed our relationship with the planet. For most of human existence, we lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers whose impact on nature could be absorbed by the resilience of the biosphere. Even after the Agricultural Revolution 10,000 years ago, farming continued to dominate our lives. We cared for nature. People who live close to the land understand that seasons, climate, weather, pollinating insects, and plants are critical to our well-being.”

    “With increasing catastrophes like oil and chemical spills and nuclear accidents, as well as issues such as species extinction, ozone depletion, deforestation, acid rain, and global warming, environmentalists pressed for laws to protect air, water, farmland, and endangered species. Millions of hectares of land were protected as parks and reserves around the world.”

    “Thirty years later, in 1992, the largest gathering of heads of state in history met at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was meant to signal that economic activity could not proceed without considering ecological consequences. But, aided by recessions, popped financial bubbles, and tens of millions of dollars from corporations and wealthy neoconservatives to support a cacophony of denial from rightwing pundits and think tanks, environmental protection came to be portrayed as an impediment to economic expansion.”

    “This emphasis of economy over environment, and indeed, the separation of the two, comes as humanity is undergoing dramatic changes. We have become a new force that is altering the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the planet on a geological scale.”

  36. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:35 pm 

    Recent talk from Peter Ward discussing his new book.
    At around the 2:25 mark Dr Ward tells how he got fired from the University of Adelaide for openly criticizing the Abbot government for it’s plans on dredging the Great Barrier Reef. Sieg heil Mate.

    Based on Darwin’s theories of evolution, the accepted history of life on earth has remained essentially unchanged for over 150 years. In their new book, however, UW professor Peter Ward and co-author Joe Kirschvink argue that the true history of earth is much different. Drawing on new research in the fields of paleontology, biology, chemistry, and astrobiology, they offer a narrative in which the development of life has been shaped less by gradual processes and more by catastrophe, the molecules that determine evolution are different than those that constitute life, and ecosystems rather than species are the true center of all evolution.

  37. GregT on Mon, 25th May 2015 6:42 pm 

    David Suzuki laments Tory-imposed ‘chill’ on green groups

    Canada’s most famous environmentalist, David Suzuki, says he left the board of his charitable foundation to avoid being a lightning rod for criticism and government attacks that would undermine its work.

    Dr. Suzuki said he had to leave the board and distance himself from the organization because the foundation was being targeted because of his personal views and actions. The 76-year-old environmentalist said he had felt he needed more freedom to speak his mind.

    “Every time I shot off my mouth, the foundation got blamed for my remarks as an individual and I thought, ‘I can’t stand being a liability,’ ” Dr. Suzuki said. “I’m at an age now where … I can say things without, I think, being accused of having an ulterior agenda or a desire for money or fame or whatever.”

    Earlier this year, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver launched an attack on what he called radical, foreign-funded environmental groups.

    His denunciation came after a 2011 campaign by, a pro-industry lobby group that has close Conservatives ties, including founding member Alykhan Velshi, who now works in the Prime Minister’s Office.

  38. GregT on Mon, 25th May 2015 7:08 pm 

    Cache Creek Mayor Declares State Of Emergency After Flooding, Violent Storm

  39. dissident on Mon, 25th May 2015 7:54 pm 

    Harper is trying to impose a regime of terror against environmentalists. It is taking him a long time since Canadian are not quite yet ready for this sort of primitivism but expect after his next majority government win this fall for him to crank it up.

    Harper will win this fall because of the anti-democratic first past the post electoral system. A system where it is possible to have a majority government with 30% of the popular vote. Truly grotesque and Canadians are going to have to learn how to love getting reamed.

  40. Apneaman on Mon, 25th May 2015 8:21 pm 

    Maybe the NDP will win like in Alberta (who would have predicted that?) as the masses will try anything to keep the consumer paradise going. What better way to demonstrate one’s cluelessness could there be then to run for office as we approach collapse?

  41. dissident on Mon, 25th May 2015 10:30 pm 

    I was hoping for the Liberals to win after 9 years of the Harper regime. But the electorate has been radicalized and will vote for the NDP in large numbers. This will guarantee a split with the Liberals and a Harper win.

    The NDP won in Alberta for a similar reason since the Conservatives and the Wild Rose Alliance Party split the vote.

    Anybody but Harper would be better. Harper is an idealogue zealot. One of his dogmas is that climate change is a leftist hoax. This clown actually thinks that environmental groups are some sort of threat to Canada. He is truly a freak.

  42. Apneaman on Tue, 26th May 2015 3:30 pm 

    EU dropped plans for safer pesticides because of TTIP and pressure from US
    Despite repeated promises that the US trade agreement would not lower EU standards.

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