Food and Farm Disappearing Bees

MERCED, Calif. – The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees’ pollen and hives laden with pesticides.

Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada are scrambling to figure out what is behind this relatively recent threat, ordering new research on pesticides used in fields and orchards. Federal courts are even weighing in this month, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overlooked a requirement when allowing a pesticide on the market.

And on Thursday, chemists at a scientific conference in San Francisco will tackle the issue of chemicals and dwindling bees in response to the new study.

Among all the stresses to bee health, it’s the pesticides that are attracting scrutiny now. A study published Friday in the scientific journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) One found about three out of five pollen and wax samples from 23 states had at least one systemic pesticide — a chemical designed to spread throughout all parts of a plant.

 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100324/ap_on_sc/us_food_and_farm_disappearing_bees

Ya, and I wonder what that “un-named” pesticide is …

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Comments on: "Bees in more trouble than ever after bad winter" (1)

  1. Its very true,

    Sorry for our little bee friends.
    Quick story.
    I was recently at San Diego Wild animal park and the bees were dense and very agressive.
    My sister got stung. By that evening her arm had swollen and she had red lines running up and down.
    When she asked why a bee sting did this(she is not allergic nor has that reaction usually)
    The doctor simply said ‘these are sick bees’
    GUESS SO !
    Solution…? quit using the DANG GONE pesticides dudes!!!!

    Blessings..glad this is not our permanent home
    Pamela Mae

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