Photo The Huffington Post
In just three years’ time the World will
have lost two-thirds of all wild animals.
Planet Index goes on: The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall
by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction
that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
is the plight of bees of which Albert Einstein was credited with this quote; “If
the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have our years
left to live!”(There is no proof he actually said this.)
all facing humans is the loss of the global honeybee population. The
consequence of a dying bee population impacts man at the highest levels on our
food chain, posing an enormously grave threat to human survival. Since no other
single animal species plays a more significant role in producing the fruits and
vegetables that we humans commonly take for granted yet require near daily to
stay alive, the greatest modern scientist Albert Einstein once prophetically
remarked, “Mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than
2006 beekeepers have been noticing their honeybee populations have been dying
off at increasingly rapid rates. Subsequently researchers have been scrambling
to come up with an accurate explanation and an effective strategy to save the
bees and in turn save us Homo sapiens from extinction.
playing a significant role in the deaths of bees with droughts and extreme cold
affecting the bees.
of factors for the mysterious and dramatic loss of honeybees, including
increased use of pesticides especially in the US, shrinking habitats, multiple
viruses, poor nutrition and genetics, and even cell phone towers. However,
according to last year’s joint EPA-USDA study, the biggest cause is the
parasite called the Varroa destructor, a type of mite found to be highly
resistant to the insecticides that US beekeepers have used in attempts to
control the mites from inside the beehives. Moreover, new virus species have
been found in the US and several of these have been associated with Colony
Varroa mite was first discovered in the US, Monsanto, Dow, Bayer and other
large chemical manufacturers aggressively glommed onto the bee industry selling
genetically modified insecticides and herbicides as the quick and easy fix to
remedy the parasitic invasion, only to weaken the bees’ natural genetic
defenses to fight off the parasite. In an article from the Guardian earlier
this month, Monsanto’s contribution to the vanishing bee population is
detailed. From genetically altered corn, Monsanto produced an insecticide
called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which once ingested by bees, Bt binds to
receptors within the bee’s stomach lining that keeps the bee from eating. Of
course this weakens the bee, causing the breakdown of the inner stomach wall,
which in turn makes the bee susceptible to spores and bacteria. To further
compound the problem, for years the lobbying power of the chemical giant denied
causing damage to the bee’s internal immune capacity for resistance to parasites,
which of course only continued to kill off the bee population worldwide. Thus,
continued chemical use, especially in America, only exacerbates this growing
type of insecticide called neonicotinoids is known to cause acute and chronic
poisoning not just of one bee, but the entire colony. Bees take the
contaminated nectar and pollen spread through the plant’s DNA back to the hive,
creating a highly toxic living environment for all the bees. Toxicity builds up
destroying the Central Nervous System, causing further disorientation and bees
ultimately can neither fly nor make it back to the nest. Meanwhile, unlike the
US, in Europe and Australia where the health of insects and humans is deemed
more important than corporate profit, laws banning insecticide use have been
passed, which in large part has largely saved the bee populations from being so
Below is a small list of Bee deaths around the world so far this year
In February, 2017, more than 10 million bees died in an apiary in the rural area of Porto Ferreira Brazil in less than a week. According to the owner, all the work of almost four decades was lost in the 136 hives due to agrochemicals of sugarcane.
In February 2017; Millions of bees die in massive pesticide poisoning in the Region of Murcia, Spain. Greenpeace and beekeepers report that the pollution event occurred when insecticides were applied to fruit trees.
In February, 2017; Thousands of dead and dying bees are washing up on a popular beach in Southern Florida.
Naples beach goers had to watch where they stepped Tuesday after some people say they have been stung just along the shoreline
January 2017; 10 Million bees dead ‘due to pesticides’ in Porto Ferreira, Brazil.
Mass bee die offs