Honeybee die-off brings 'Silent Spring' back to mind

  • Article by: William Souder
  • Updated: May 11, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Blanket the world with poison, and there tend to be consequences. Is one the loss of a species vital to the food supply?

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kaynonMay. 11, 13 4:29 PM

The hypocrisy and self-centeredness of this society is appalling. We preach "stewardship-" but have zero respect for any other life that annoys or frightens us. We poison large numbers of "pests" so that mega-corps can make a few more bucks on mega-farms. Then, we pave over or legislate the surviving "pest's" remaining food supply out of existence in favor of xeroscaped, resource greedy, suburban grass and non-native ornamentals. When I was growing up, butterflies and bees were everywhere. EVERYONE had real gardens including NATIVE plants that the rest of the beings on this planet could also survive on. Now, in the name of "neatness" and uniformity, there is only non-native grass and junk shrubs, sustained by massive amounts of fertilizer and precious water. We deserve our coming famines.

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owatonnabillMay. 11, 13 4:30 PM

Pesticides at best are a temporary solution, in the end only succeeding in creating bug immune to whateveritis that we're trying to poison 'em with. Case in point. Japanese beetles. Been overrun with the shiny green little critters these past two years. Had 'em a few years back and some insect dust applied to the plants pretty much decimated the bugs. This time? Nope. Same brand of dust and the bugs just shrugged it off as they chomped their way through owatonnabill's basil. The insects will win in the end. They always do.

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swmnguyMay. 11, 13 5:46 PM

Not focusing hard on neonicotinoids is outrageous irresponsibility. Sure, a few companies might lose a few quarters' worth of profits. But the long term consequences of inaction for the sake of short-term profits is so amazingly stupid that...it's probably what we're going to do.

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pumiceMay. 11, 13 6:12 PM

Re: "The insects will win in the end." One can only hope that owatonnabill's basil overcomes the Japanese beetle invasion. And that honeybees fall under owatonnabill's sage insect rule.

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bigtmnMay. 11, 1310:13 PM

The EU is banning three neonicotinoids.

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Willy53May. 12, 13 6:15 AM

I am perplexed when I see in the hardware store one homeowner after another purchase chemicals to rid their lawns and gardens of pests. Some of these are attached to their garden hoses and sprayed over their entire yards. One can only hope they have sophisticated back flow preventers that keep those poisons from reaching their drinking water. There is a serious disconnect between the harmful impact of lawn chemcicals coupled with Big Ags drenching herbicides and GMO designed pesticide containing crop varieties that and the awareness of the average citizen. If education is not the answer then legislative action through agencies with more regulatory power is. And of course our worst enemies creating an environment uninhabitable for bees and eventually humans are the ag giants like Cargill and General Mills that are exporting their scorched earth agriculture all over the world through agnecies like the World Bank and IMF. If corporate power in the way we produce food cannot be overcome then there really is no hope.

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wa0tdaMay. 12, 13 7:39 AM

You have to step back and look at who is the market for such GMOs - It is farmers who practice monoculture and want vast acreages of insect-resistant corn and soybeans, year after year. Needless to say, this type of unnatural land use must be propped up with lots of "product", from GMO seeds to the matching "pesticide". And of course we subsidize the heck out of monoculture, another wasteful use of taxpayer money.

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hammarhead1May. 12, 13 7:43 AM

If people (and farmers) don't see direct damage to the environment, they don't believe it. Remember the 3 legged frogs?

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tsamajorMay. 12, 13 8:13 AM

Of course, no comments on the millions of African children who have died( and continue to die each year) of malaria because of the extreme response to R.C's book by completely removing DDT from use rather than finding safe methods of use.

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metaltesterMay. 12, 13 8:48 AM

plant more wild flowers! Thats what i've been doing around the house...and then I see bee's!

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