Bees dieing all over the United States!

Lev 18:26-28 KJV


Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:


(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)


That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

Lev 20:22 KJV


Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.

WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2013 – Huge numbers of bees in the U.S. have been inexplicably dying since 2005.  In the past 12 months, what many are calling Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has destroyed 40 to 50% of the beehives used in the nation’s agricultural industry.  Commercial beekeepers are worried, as bees continue to die and nobody really knows what is causing it.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about one fourth of the American diet depends on the work of honeybees. Farmers rent honeybee hives from commercial beekeepers to pollinate their fields and orchards.  Commercial honeybees pollinate almonds, onions, apples, cherries, peaches, plums, pears, eggplant, watermelons, etc.  Due to this year’s massive decline in hive populations, beekeepers are already reporting a 20% rise in hive rental prices. 

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Bee populations began to decline by about 30% since 2005, but this year has been thd worst by far.  Since 2005 their death has been blamed on bee mites, some kind of virus, recent droughts, etc.  However, there has been a recent focus on neonicotinoid pesticides. 

Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticide, chemically related to nicotine, which kill by acting on the central nervous system of an insect.  Neonicotinoids are generally not as toxic to mammals.  They are usually applied as a sticky coating to seeds before planting.  As the seed develops, the plant itself will carry the chemical that kills the insects.  Soybean, canola, corn, and sunflower crops are generally treated with neonicotinoids. 

While older classes of pesticide degrade quickly, neonicotinoids often persist for days and even weeks. However, according to Jay Vroom, president of CropLife America, a group that represents over 90 pesticide producers, current research “supports the notion that the products are safe an…

Many disagree.  Several studies have tracked the proliferation of neonicotinoids and CCD. In the EU, the European Commission has proposed a plan that will ban the use of neonicotinoids in all crops frequented by bees, after researchers concluded that neonicotinoids were responsible for recent CCD epidemics in Germany and France. 

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A coalition of beekeepers and environmental groups believe that the U.S. should implement a similar ban. Some have gone as far as suing EPA last month, asking a northern California court to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke approval for clothianidin and thiamethoxam, the two most popular neonicotinoids on the market today.

How neonicotinoids are killing the bees is not clear. Some blame fungicides and herbicides and their interactions with each other and neonicotinoids, an area that has not been studied at length. Others blame the effects of chronic sub-lethal doses of neonecotinoids and other chemicals over a period of time. 

EPA is currently studying the effects of neonicotinoids on bees, and results of a USDA assessment are due in May. 

The massive death of honeybees is likely to lead to larger problems. If there are fewer bees to pollinate, there will be smaller harvests, leading to higher prices on certain foods. Additionally, because bees are more sensitive to pollution than other insects, some consider them to be a kind of “canary in the coalmine,” or early warning system of environmental harm to other organisms.   

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I am 68 years young and am a believer in Jesus Christ as the scriptures teaches. I was saved, and recieved the Holy Ghost when I was twelve years old, but when I turned thirty-five years old my world fell apart and I called out WHY GOD? The Lord lead me to start reading the Bible, (King James Verison 1611) and He showed me as I studied in the Word of God, this is why, this is why, this is why. From that time on I was studying the word of God sometimes ten and twelve hours a day plus praying and fasting. Love God, writing, Photography, Music, guitar, people, science, travel, teaching the word of God, life!
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