SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

January 8, 2013

Ignore CCD of Bees – we perish

Please think for a moment on these things

We get excited or upset over  loads heavy enuff to bury us, and then we have to  put it aside. Understandable, we can’t absorb and tote around without enduring personal damage. 

There are some things however – issues which will affect every last one of us on the planet and because of their importance have the potential to do us all in.  We have all worried over our wondrous Honey Bees and the Colony Collapse Disorder which is destroying them, because with their mysterious demise goes our security.  How are we to survive without our beneficent bees?  The bees pollinate our food crops – some 80% of them.  They do it for free, because it’s what they do!  We have no other way to do this.  We are dependent on the bees

Allow me to digress; . .back in 1960’s, I remember reading a book called something like  “JW (? ?), a Being from Jupiter.”   Beautiful, romantic story [may have been science fiction or something like old friend Ray Bradbury would have done] – – anyway a take-a-way from this story was that the planet  Jupiter had given the bees to our planet – Earth, as a gift to enable our success.  I remember thinking ‘How nice,’   but am quite sure that I didn’t realize how wonderful such a gift truly was.  . . I wasn’t so much into sci-fi as I was into other, perhaps – deeper mysteries at the time.  . . . just sayin’       

But here we are, confronted by this destructive development, having suspicions and no power with which to correct.  Below, we have 1)  Dr Mercola and a rather large article on this  perplexing problem – well done as one might expect    2) Vanishing of the Bees  trailer about the film with a young, popular Canadian actress narrating the film [who, when it closes – other selections of films come up and there she is again with Bill Mahr and that is so good.  and finally #3) Nature from England’s research finding the chemical pesticides known as “Neonicotinoids” as the major culprits.      As Ms Page says, as Neonicotinoids were introduced and instantly grew in usage, the bees began to die off.  This is more than coincidence.   

I posted  about Monsanto buying the only legitimate Bee Research laboratories so that they could control the outcomes more conveniently.    Bayer is now doing this also – establishing their own laboratory to enable them to study this problem since they are the major player with the Neonicotinoids.   Who can object to their studying the problem?  That’s good.   But it does nothing to relieve them from the traumatic devastation they have collectively caused;  to the bees;  the bee-keepers;   to all the farmers of the world and ultimately to each of us.    

These chemical companies are wreaking devastation on our world.   We are individually being sickened and forced into medical  solutions – not of our choice.  Our crops are depleted, our soils as well.  There is no opportunity for normal, natural life as humanity   has known it for hundreds and thousands of years.  This can not be ascribed to progress, but to greed and lack of governmental controls.  Top priority of our government is supposed to be the protection of our people.    Somehow, our country must come back to reason and sanity;  not the protection of corporate interests  – “ALONE”.   Jan


Study Proves Pesticide Exposure Linked to Bumblebee Colony Failures
Pesticides might not kill off bees outright, but that doesn’t mean they’re not detrimental to bee colonies, according to new research.

The documentary film Vanishing of the Bees recommends four actions you can take to help preserve our honeybees
Nature. 2012 Nov 1;491(7422):105-8. doi: 10.1038/nature11585. Epub 2012 Oct 21.

Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual- and colony-level traits in bees.

Gill RJ, Ramos-Rodriguez O, Raine NE.


School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK.


Reported widespread declines of wild and managed insect pollinators have serious consequences for global ecosystem services and agricultural production. Bees contribute approximately 80% of insect pollination, so it is important to understand and mitigate the causes of current declines in bee populations .

Recent studies have implicated the role of pesticides in these declines, as exposure to these chemicals has been associated with changes in bee behaviour and reductions in colony queen production. However, the key link between changes in individual behaviour and the consequent impact at the colony level has not been shown. Social bee colonies depend on the collective performance of many individual workers. Thus, although field-level pesticide concentrations can have subtle or sublethal effects at the individual level, it is not known whether bee societies can buffer such effects or whether it results in a severe cumulative effect at the colony level.   Furthermore, widespread agricultural intensification means that bees are exposed to numerous pesticides when foraging, yet the possible combinatorial effects of pesticide exposure have rarely been investigated.

Here we show that chronic exposure of bumblebees to two pesticides (neonicotinoid and pyrethroid) at concentrations that could approximate field-level exposure impairs natural foraging behaviour and increases worker mortality leading to significant reductions in brood development and colony success. We found that worker foraging performance, particularly pollen collecting efficiency, was significantly reduced with observed knock-on effects for forager recruitment, worker losses and overall worker productivity. Moreover, we provide evidence that combinatorial exposure to pesticides increases the propensity of colonies to fail.

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Ecology: Bumblebees and pesticides. [Nature. 2012]Ignore CCD



  1. As long as individuals in the EPA are getting greased nothing will change.

    Comment by Vaso — January 27, 2013 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

    • I know, and it’s heartbreaking. Well, actually, if enough people felt strongly about this and demanded action from the White-house to put pressure; if people would call or write in to their representatives demanding they represent our interests. . . .just maybe. Its good to hope, but even better to take some action. Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — January 28, 2013 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  2. I am glad to see that EFSA and the EU are stepping up to the plate, maybe the EPA will follow there lead.

    Comment by Tamera — February 15, 2013 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Tamera – – one can only hope! But recent history tells us they aren’t up to the task with all they have on their plate at the moment. Too many problems, too little funding and staff and far too little clout with regulation. Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — February 15, 2013 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

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