The small black insects, which have benefited the environment, especially the mankind in several ways is now in the extent of disappearance. Yes, it’s shocking but true, that bees may disappear someday. Recent a GMO cornfield located in Ontario, Canada caused the death of over 37 million bees.
Local beekeeper in Elmwood, Dave Schuit, who produces honey from bee, reported a loss of around 600 hives or 37 million bees. While reporting the loss, he said, “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions”. According to the reports, neonicotinoids pesticides have caused the death, as these are still not banned in the United States. Manufactured by the reputed Bayer Crop Science Inc. these pesticides are banned in many EU countries for these types of adverse effects.
Clothianidin and imidacloprid are among the best-selling pesticides of Bayer, known for getting into nectar as well as pollen, which in turn damage bees. Availability of these drugs in the United States as well as in some European countries lead to bee death. Nathan Carey, also a farmer reported disappearance of bees last spring. The farmowner believes that disappearance of bees has a great correlation with the use of insecticides. Scientists are also conducting research to find the cause of bee death and they term this phenomenon as “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). Bee’s count has constantly decreased in the United States in the last few years and scientists have identified around 121 pesticides responsible for this. The evidence of pesticides has been found in wax, pollen and bees, which indicates insecticide to be a major problem.
When contacted the ARS bee research laboratory, Jeffery Pettis said that they consider some sort of interactions between pesticide exposure and nutrition as well as other stressors have led to bee’s death. Honeybee disappearance is not just threatening for this insect population but also for the crops, as one-third of things human eat are results of pollination done by honeybee. That means these tiny insects contribute around 30 billion to the world economy.
According to the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, neonicotinoids pesticides cause death of honeybee by affecting their immune system, which in turn reduces their ability to fight with bacteria and disease. Imidacloprid use on sunflowers or other crops has been banned after it was found be responsible for bee death. France, Italy and several other countries have rejected application of Bayer for Clothianidin as well as other neonicotinoids. UK too has banned the use of different pesticides causing honeybee death. Profit making agenda of the pesticide companies has to be stopped somewhere to save bees. Canadian beekeepers have also started suing crop pesticide makers for death of bees.
The old theory of Einstein is once again referred in this situation, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Though this was an alarm set years back, men did not care to pay attention.
Now, it’s high time to stop the use of chemicals in gardens. Instead use methods to increase bee counts. Save the bees and help them in pollination so that the future of mankind is saved from becoming extinct.
Source: Herbs Info