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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:53 pm    Post subject: BEE - Colony Collapse Reply with quote

Recent news update:

"In 2008, the USDA ordered a report on the impact of massive bee deaths on agriculture and the causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), but some of the results of this report may have been kept SECRET. On PhysOrg.com, Kim Kaplan quotes researcher Edward B. Knipling as saying, "Honey bees are critical to US agriculture, with about 130 crops depending on pollination to add more than $15 billion in crop value annually.

A leaked document from the Environmental Protection Agency reveals that the government knew that the pesticide Clothianidin posed serious risks to honey bees, but decided to keep the information secret. This chemical, which is widely used on corn crops in the US, has already been banned in parts of Europe. It's made by Bayer, and is also sprayed on canola, soy, sugar beets, sunflowers and wheat--and the company wants to EXPAND its use. On the animals change website, Stephanie Feldstein writes, "While the WikiLeaks media frenzy may have been focused on the release of tens of thousands of classified military and U.S. State Department documents, it's a leaked Environmental Protection Agency document that has conservationists, environmentalists and beekeepers abuzz." "

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow...things are just getting worst everyday o.o
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh... I heard of the news before, but I'm glad they found out exactly why it has occurred. I feel really bad for the bees, but I do hope we can get them back up in population again! c:
Since they already do to sniff out drugs & bombs, at least. xD

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that bees were going extinct but I'm happy to hear there still may be a chance.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bees? egstinct? they have a have a hive in our back yard since we have so many flowers and berry bushes and i see tons when i go outside to play in the summer, even if the crops kill them they might survive on city flowers i hope
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what the government's motive was for using the pesticide, especially in light of knowing that it would likely harm the bees?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've known about this for a while :/
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard about this a while ago.
There's another article I read about how a fungus is now attacking honeybees and killing them off slowly.
It's a shame to hear about this, but I do hope things can get better.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i feel gulity for squashing that honey bee now....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if honeybees go extinct in my garden, then more food for my flytrap!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alrai wrote:
I wonder what the government's motive was for using the pesticide, especially in light of knowing that it would likely harm the bees?


Not to get rid of bees, I bet; they're helpful, even if sometimes intimidating and hurtful.
But it's possible it might be money-related... Today's government and authority is corrupt; it's hard to find any good, actually-THINKING people today to help and run the country anymore.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also highly doubt they specifically chose it because it might harm the bees, I was just wondering what motive they had they surpassed the risks?
I'll bet it was money related too. This pesticide was probably cheaper than ones which didn't show to harm the bee population. :/
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