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What Will We Do Without the Humble Bee?

Posted in America, Britain, Europe with tags , , , , , , , , on 10/04/2012 by floroy1942

Did you know that the honey bee is being poisoned out of existence? Have you any idea what could happen to the food chain if they cease to exist? Questions we need to ask ourselves, because they are disappearing fast, and science has finally found the cause.

Bees Are Essential

For a considerable time the number of bees in nature have been in decline and many people began to wonder why. They are extremely important to nature, and to us, because of what they do. Most people know that bees are responsible for passing pollen from one plant to another and therefore ‘pollinating’ them. That is to say they add the missing ingredient that enables a plant to reproduce, much like male sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg allowing us humans to reproduce. Without this action, many areas of our plant-life, including many basic food crops like wheat etc. will not be able to reproduce and thus die out.  

As you would expect there are other means of pollination available for plants such as the wind, birds, other insects and animals, but none do it half as well as the humble bee. Pollination is also a selective process whereby pollen from an apple tree for example will not fertilize an orange tree and vice versa. This is also true of the many beautiful flowers we grow in our gardens and parks, but imagine the scene without the bee.

Spreading More Poison

At last science has come up with the answer after much exhaustive study, and surprise, surprise, they say the culprit is certain pesticides sprayed by farmers on crops to kill harmful insects. In several studies the scientists have laid the blame squarely on pesticides that contain neonicotinoid which attacks the nervous system of insects, eventually killing them. It makes up part of very many insecticide compounds available to farmers in today’s market.

Tests as long ago as 1990 raised questions about this product due to its ability to survive in plant-life for many years. At that time there was also concern about its impact on the bee population, for it was believed by some to account for worker bees’ neglecting to provide food for eggs and larvae, and for a breakdown of the bees’ navigational abilities, leading to what has now become generally known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.

Another Pollinator

Because they were only ‘concerns’ back then nothing was done about preventing their use and now they are used everywhere. In the United States alone some 143 million acres are sprayed with this product and who knows how many in Europe. In Slovenia its use was banned in 2003 due to ever increasing cases of CCD. Perhaps it is time for the rest of the world to do the same before it is too late!

However that is not as simple as it seems, because governments will have to fight the big corporations like Bayer and others who manufacture the stuff. Already they have started a campaign against the scientific findings by sowing seeds of doubt on the results in an effort to delay legislation as long as possible.

Do We Have To Say Goodbye To Such Beauty?

Any government that takes on these big multinational corporations will find it a hard fight for the companies affected have huge amounts of capital invested in their products. They don’t give a damn about the bee, or the effects of its population decline on food production, because all they can think of is profit! But they should realize that in the long term, they will be just as affected as the rest of us, but what the hell, that’s a long way into the future!

Roy.

Food, Chemicals, And Human Health

Posted in Environment, Health, Insanity, Modern World with tags , , , , , , , , , on 22/05/2011 by floroy1942

Melon farmers in China have been overwhelmed by their crop exploding and no-one knows why. It would appear that as soon as their water melons approach maturity they suddenly explode. However on the good side,we can all be grateful these melons have not fallen into the hands of al Quada.

Many reasons have been put forward for this phenomenon, some say it is due to the weather, while others blame the abnormal size of the water melons as the cause. However, by far the most disturbing is the report that overuse of a special chemical to promote quick growth is to blame. As a consumer I had no idea that farmers were using chemicals to speed the growth of water melons, and it makes me wonder what else is getting into the food chain.

It would seem the general public is totally in the dark when it comes to the use of chemicals in growing the food we put in our mouths. It has been known for decades that many pesticides are used on crops by farmers across the world, and no-one really knows their effect on human health, although we are constantly assured they are safe.

A Ruined Crop

Brought up in a time when everything that grew was organic, and poultry, pigs and cows were feeding off the land or fed natural food, I find it hard to accept that everything we eat today has at some time or other been exposed to man-made chemicals.

Say what you like about modern chicken, but it doesn’t taste like chicken at all, in fact it’s tasteless, and the same goes for pork and beef products too. That is why supermarket shelves are full of ‘savoury sauces’ designed to give these products some taste. If something really tastes like chicken, then you can bet your bottom dollar its down to a chemical flavour added to enhance the bland product.

People today are suffering from diseases that were unheard of a century ago, but most pundits say its due to lifestyle, poor diet or the pollution in the air, but I have to ask, what about the pollutants in our food? Do we really know what happened to that apple we ate yesterday, or the potatoes we will eat when we get home? What sort of chemical diet was the chicken on that we had for lunch?

A Baffled Melon Farmer

Pigs and cows are fed special diets to fatten them up in just a few weeks or months so they can be sold for slaughter, simply because farmers cannot wait for the natural growing process. A new born calf can be expected to be fat enough for slaughter after about six weeks, a process that took more than a year in times gone by. Its body is saturated in chemicals to make it grow faster and get fat ready for market. Poultry is kept in a cage perhaps big enough to take a ladies handbag, and is fed chemicals to promote egg production. I know, I have seen it with my own eyes!

Now we have the emergence of genetically modified crops to add to the bonfire, but I will save that for another time. The point is, where will it all end? How much of this rubbish can we push down our throats before we do irreparable harm to our species? I leave it up to you to decide.

Roy.

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