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    Default 37 million bees dead

    Saw this on Facebook.

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    ELMWOOD - Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.
    “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. used in planting corn and some other crops. The European Union just recently voted to ban these insecticides for two years, beginning December 1, 2013, to be able to study how it relates to the large bee kill they are experiencing there also.
    Local grower Nathan Carey from the Neustadt, and National Farmers Union Local 344 member, says he noticed this spring the lack of bees and bumblebees on his farm. He believes that there is a strong connection between the insecticide use and the death of pollinators.
    At the farm of Gary Kenny, south west of Hanover, eight of the 10 hives he kept for a beekeeper out of Kincardine, died this spring just after corn was planted in neighbouring fields.
    What seems to be deadly to bees is that the neonicotinoid pesticides are coating corn seed and with the use of new air seeders, are blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was looked at by American Purdue University. They found that, “Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case. Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) are the only major source of these compounds.
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    Posted here yesterday, And totaly not true... read the article, bees tested and nothing found... then they go on to discredit testing. saying "testing only shows none issues" Testing for neonics is known.......

    And 37 million dead bees from Planter dust wold be a record and ALL OVER the news.. not is a poorly written article like this one....... the article is really about planting flowers on the roadside...

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    Neonics have been tested extensively. The results have shown that they do not transcend the growth cycle to the pollen, Although dust directly from the seed coating can be harmful to honey bees. Standard planting techniques usually keep it to a minimum resulting in little exposure to honey bees. Following recommendations of the department of agriculture and planting early A.M. when dew id on ground, and other times of high moisture further reduces danger to bees. The reality of it is neonics are far less harmful to bees that conventional insecticides and their application.

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    In fact, neonicotinoids are so harmless and so beneficial that you can spray your whole hive with them - prophylactically, they can be used as food supplement (to build your character), to solve global warming (as well as global cooling), bring peace to the middle east and remove our dependency on the fossil fuels.

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    I want to train my bees to harvest neonics instead of nectar. More return on investment.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtSmart View Post
    In fact, neonicotinoids are so harmless and so beneficial that you can spray your whole hive with them - prophylactically, they can be used as food supplement (to build your character), to solve global warming (as well as global cooling), bring peace to the middle east and remove our dependency on the fossil fuels.
    cute, good thing this is not a serious subject!

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtSmart View Post
    In fact, neonicotinoids are so harmless and so beneficial that you can spray your whole hive with them - prophylactically, they can be used as food supplement (to build your character), to solve global warming (as well as global cooling), bring peace to the middle east and remove our dependency on the fossil fuels.
    Your tag line is very fitting Common sense is definitely not common.....

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    I am a long time beekeeper, much longer than even this forum, and I learned never to put my bees near GM corn fields, ever. If you have lost dozens of colonies as a result of keeping your bees near a large cornfield, you will learn not to.

    Of course, lobbyists would argue otherwise: that's their job. Sure, there is no global warming, either. Sure, bees are not dying. Sure, this nicotine-based chemical is harmless like milk. People will say and do anything for a buck.

    Not one tobacco executive has ever admitted how nicotine is addictive! That was under oath!

    Tell you what. Situate your own bees near GM cornfields as many as for three years; put a few dozen colonies, do your experiment, and follow the result. You may not lose yours perhaps, but I have mine under best practice.

    You say nicotine is not addictive; sure, I believe you.

    I live the fact.
    Last edited by Earthboy; 07-02-2013 at 01:09 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    Artsmart and Paul McCarty

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    you have got to be working in collusion with either Monsanto, the pesticide companies or one of their bought off affiliates. There are many studies verifying the existence of neonics in pollen.

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    The use of the number of dead bees is used to attempt to inflate the disaster. Beekeepers usually think about colonies, not individual bees.
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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    The use of the number of dead bees is used to attempt to inflate the disaster. Beekeepers usually think about colonies, not individual bees.
    Waken up. Disaster is here

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    Default Re: 37 million bees dead

    yankee joe,
    600 colonies. One midsized commercial beekeepers worth. Nope, not a disaster. A disaster for the beekeeper but not for the Nation.

    Something a beekeper should know, but the general public doesn't.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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