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Scientists Do Not Know Why the HoneyBee Population Continues to Decline
Can our answers come from #homeopathy and organic farming?
What if we strengthened the soil, environment, 
the plants themselves and the bee colonies?

We Must Learn To Live In Harmony With Nature
We cannot continue to spray pesticides and insecticides.
We cannot continue to pollute our waterways, skies, and earth.

Will all the bee-keepers go bankrupt? 
Who will take care of the bees?

The bees are a necessity to pollinate our plants to produce our food.
Agriculture News: Bees are shipped around the world 
to pollinate flowering plants.

HoneyBee News from the New York Times
They are called the "angels" of agriculture. Now with Colony Collapse Disorder, mites, deforestation and industrial agriculture we are losing our angels with wings who produce lands of milk and honey. Honeybees provide pollination for crops, orchards, flowers; honey and wax for cosmetics, food and medicinal-religious objects, not to forget candles, and to inspire artists, architects and scientists. They are alive with a rich source of information for humanity to learn. What will happen if they are all gone? One-third of the human diet comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and the other insects such as wasps cannot replace them.

Bee colonies are laden with pesticides. Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada do not know what is causing the rapid decline. They are ordering more research on pesticide use in fields and orchards. The US Environmental Agency overlooked a requirement when allowing a pesticide on the market.

LINK: The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers.

Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent decline in 2008 and a 32 percent fall in 2007.

You will read stories in every paper from England to Vancouver, Florida and the Far East about the Colony Collapse of the Bees. What is happening? How are we polluting our environment? Like the Canary in the Mine, they are signaling us about the change in our planet. It is happening not in one location, but simultaneously around the world. You will see numerous stories on the internet about chemtrails, GMO sterilization of plant seeds, and a changing water supply from global warming, in general, that may explain this phenomena. Natural Resources Defense Council NRCD says, "Honey bees are disappearing across the country, putting $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and vegetables at risk." Prison Planet points to the combination of toxic chemicals and infestation. It is simply not one variable, but many that have contributed to the "colony collapse disorder."

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the bees have been susceptible to the varroa mite, which means they are weakened to repel other harmful viruses. They use of pesticides with camphor, menthol, eucalyptus and thymol spray or other precautions.

Just like humans are now resistant to antibiotics, this is the same for the mites and using antibiotics as a deterrent to the mites. As homeopaths, we could have predicted this outcome, since we know it is the "soil" and hardiness of the bees, rather than the pest as a causation.

Although more labor intensive, the use of powdered sugar or powdered dust can help reduce mite infestation.

After the mite was introduced to the US in 1987, it was detected in North Carolina three years later. All feral or wild honey bee colonies have been wiped out by these mites. Beekeepers continue to have problems with their hives. In NC alone the number of beehives has dropped by 44% since 1990.

Researchers have looked at viruses, parasites, insecticides, malnutrition and other environmental factors but have been unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the population decline.

The rough winter many parts of the United States will likely accentuate the problem, says Jeff Pettis, lead researcher at Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.

Winter figures will be published in April. But preliminary estimates already indicate losses of 30 to 50 percent, said David Mendes, president of the American Beekeeping Federation.

"There are a lot of beekeepers who are in trouble" he said.

"Under normal condition you have 10 percent winter losses.. this year there are 30, 40 to 50 percent losses."

He said the phenomenon probably results from a combination of factors but that the increased use of pesticides appears to be a major cause.

"I don't put my bees in Florida because the last couple of years there has been tremendous increase in pesticide use in the orange crop to fight a disease," he said.

"It's a bacterium and the only way to control this disease is to use pesticide... a few years ago they did not use any pesticide at all."

He said that pesticide use "has changed dramatically" and has made beekeeping "more challenging."

Research conducted in 23 US states and Canada and published in the Public Library of Science Journal found 121 different pesticide in 887 samples of bees, wax, pollen and other elements of hives, lending credence to the notion of pesticides as a key problem.

Pettis said the finding of pesticide residue is "troubling."

"It might not be the only factor but it's a contributing factor," he said.

The best thing to help bees, he said its "to try to limit habitat destruction," leaving more natural areas in agriculture and in cities such so honey bees can have "a diverse natural environment."

Ironically, he said the problem stems from expansion of agriculture to feed the world. But in destroying bee populations, that can hurt crop production.

"The world population growth in a sense the reason for pollinators' decline," he said.

"Because we need to produce more and more food to feed the world and we grow crops in larger fields. A growing world means growing more food and to do that we need pollinators. And the fact that the world is continuing to grow is the driving force behind the habitat destruction."

PBS Special on the honeybees. Link to Videos.

Natural News | Are honey bees being killed off by chemically coated crop seeds?

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Replies to This Discussion

They can figure it out, when they use their intelligence. But then they will lose their jobs, because it will show that GMO crops like Bt collon and other Bt crops are the culprit. The pollen from these crops is as poisoned as the seeds, the cotton and the fruits.

Bt is Bacillus thuringiensis, a pesticide they have inserted in the plant genome. So the pollen is poisoned and that kills the bees. We may be able to counteract these effects by potentising Bt and using it in the bee colonies.

Bt Corn is grown all over the US. It also kills the monarch butterfly and many other pollinating insects, but because this is not monitored like bees, people don't even hear about it.

Now it is probably too late to do something about it, because the corn mixes with other plants - pollinators carry it everywhere and many plants now have the same genes. Even weeds and plants that have nothing to do with corn.
Another reason is some 'genetic modification' of the bees.
And trace poisons in commercial beeswax "foundation"

Bees which are encouraged to build their own comb, in their own natural cell size, are slightly SMALLER "natural" bees, and are much less susceptible to present bee plagues which are killing off many "SUPERSIZED" bees
Thank you for letting us know this information David. So nice to see you today.

What are the trace poisons? Pesticides and their residues, consisting of broken down components, often more poisonous than the pesticide itself.




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