Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”
Now Albert Einstein was not a Entomologist, but entomologists today say its causing them and the world a huge problem.
Has anyone else ever noticed that bee stings have became less and less?
I cant remember the last time a kid got stung but a bee or myself for that matter,
but the decline in honeybee populations in the U.S. and elsewhere signals a major environmental imbalance that could have far wrose implications for our agricultural food supply.
" in 24 states around the U.S. have bubbled up to the surface, over the last year and a half, but hardly any large-scale media attention has been drawn to this potentially serious problem"
Brought here from Europe in the 1600s, honeybees have become widespread across North America and are bred commercially for their abilities to produce honey and pollinate crops—90 different farm-grown foods, including many fruits and nuts, depend on honeybees. But in recent years honeybee populations across the continent have plummeted by as much as 70 percent, and biologists are still scratching their heads as to why and what to do about the problem which they have termed
" colony collapse disorder"
Recently bees have gone missing from hives around Europe as well. The East Coast of the U.S. is reporting a 70% loss in commercial bee hive habitation, the West Coast 60%; these figures are staggering.
It might not seam like a lot to some people..however trust me it is..and if we don't figure out what is causing this we could be in for some major problems for man kind.
Chemicals May Be Killing the Honeybees
Many believe that our increasing use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, which honeybees ingest during their daily pollination rounds, are largely to blame. Commercial beehives are also subjected to direct chemical fumigation at regular intervals to ward off destructive mites. Another leading suspect is genetically modified crops,which may generate pollen with compromised
Radiation May Push Honeybees Off Course
Bee populations may also be vulnerable to other factors, such as the recent increase in atmospheric electromagnetic radiation as a result of growing numbers of cell phones and wireless communication towers. The increased radiation given off by such devices may interfere with bees’ ability to navigate. A small study at Germany’s Landau University found that bees would not return to their hives when mobile phones were placed nearby. Further research is currently underway in the U.S. to determine the extent of such radiation-related phenomena on bees and other insect populations.
Global Warming May Be Partly to Blame for Honeybee Deaths
Biologists also wonder if Global warming may be exaggerating the growth rates of pathogens such as the mites, viruses and fungi that are known to take their toll on bee colonies. The unusual hot-and-cold winter weather fluctuations in recent years, also blamed on global warming, may also be wreaking havoc on bee populations accustomed to more consistent seasonal weather patterns.
help save the bees..no bees = no man kind
buy some ice cream and save the honey bee!!!!
click this link and find out how you can help!
build your own hive in your yard and help save the bees!!
Change to honey mixed alcoholic drinks..one of my fav drinks is called
evan williams honey..and dundee honey brown
buying honey might just help save the bees!!
Honey bees are disappearing. Given the vital role of the honey bee in not only our food supply but also the economy, Dundee Brewing Co. has initiated its Dundee “Save the Honey Bee Program.” In 2008, a portion of every Dundee beer sold in the U.S. will be donated to the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. “Dundee Honey Brown -- the Dundee flagship brand -- is made with natural honey, making the plight of the honey bee a real cause for concern for us,” said Patrick Magallanes, V.P., Marketing, Dundee Brewing Co.
Dundee is supporting the “Save the Honey Bee Program” with a full range of P.O.S. materials designed to raise money and drive awareness.
so you still feel the need to help save the honey bee?
well here are some more steps you can take in your own home!
OLD FASHIONED IS BEST!
- allow a patch of lawn to grow, only mowing twice during the year (early and at the end of the season). Wait and see what comes up.
- sow seeds, or buy potted wildflowers (some may be difficult to establish otherwise).
- many grassy areas will not convert easily to meadow, because of resilient grasses that prevent wildflowers establishing themselves. If this is the case for you, sow a wildflower that is parasitic on tough grasses such as Yellow Rattle, which is loved by bees, and will out-compete the grass.
Neonicotinoid and systemic pesticides are used in agriculture on food crops - and these of course, end up on the shelves of supermarkets.
Perhaps now is the time to start growing your own pesticide-free fruit & veg? You'll be surprised just how many corgettes and green beans you can grow - even in a few pots outside!
If you cannot grow your own, then try to select as much organic produce as you can when you are buying your shopping.
When you spend your cash, you cast a vote.
If you buy at least some organic produce, your purchases, along with those of others, will send a signal to retailers, which will ultimately send a signal to farmers.
It's as simple as that!
Or....You could also make a suggestion to Fubar..to maybe donate a percent of proceeds from the honey bee bling gets donated to the Save the honey bee fund!!!!