The only question we have for you Calvin, Why side with Stupid?
A taste of Ontario Bee Keeping in 2013-2014, Major losses or Major Misinformation from the Media and Activist Groups:
Bee Business Booming 2014:
Won Top 3 Prizes – Best Bee Awards Royal Winter Fair 2013:
Who would have thought the humble honey bee would become the sounding bell to raise public concern over a growing environmental effort. [Did you forget about the polar bear lies last year]
The concern revolves around the apparent impact neonicotinoids have on bee populations.
The impact on bees is seen as particularly impactful environmentally because bees are nature’s pollinators, making them an important part of the life cycle of many plants, including food sources such as fruits.
Such concerns have been fueled by date such as 58 per cent of the bee colonies in Ontario did not survive last winter.
While evidence is far from conclusive in pinning the losses on the pesticide it is being pointed too as a likely contributor. [pesticides are not even the top 3 concerns]
And the pesticide issue is one we could impact with moratoriums and bans, whereas a cold winter’s impact is beyond our control. [so its government conspiracies not global warming this time]
In August The Globe and Mail reported a poll showing 87 per cent of Ontarians surveyed were concerned about the threat neonicotinoids pose to insects and wildlife, and 92 per cent want the government to protect pollinators. [Oracle Poll, Paul Seccaspina? Sounds like a reliable pollster, Gideons buddies are all experts in creativity and telling us what is best, for our childrens sake of course.]
“I’ve been doing environmental work since 1984 and I’ve never seen this level of public concern about an issue,” said Gideon Forman, executive director of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, which paid for two-thirds of the poll, in the G&M story. [taxpayers unknowingly and indirectly paid for Gideon Formans’ surveys]
Among the survey’s respondents, 77 per cent said the government should place a two-year moratorium on neonics.
For those unaware, a separate G&M story detailed the concerns;
“Beekeepers and a growing body of scientific research say the neonicotinoid class of pesticide that has become widely used in the past decade is contributing to the decline in populations of bees and other pollinators. They say the chemicals designed to protect crops against worms and other pests are weakening beneficial insects and making them more vulnerable to viruses, parasites and loss of food supply. [THEY SAY & Peter Dickey are suing Bayer but at the same time Peter built himself a 4,000 sq foot bee house and he won best bee award last year.]
“Neonicotinoids, known as neonics, are applied by the seed companies on corn, canola and some soybeans. They are also used by vegetable farmers and growers of ornamental flowers.
“The pesticide is systemic, which means it is present throughout the plants, including the nectar and pollen eaten by honey bees and other insect pollinators that are responsible for a third of the food humans consume.”
While I am an ardent proponent of progress in science, promoting those things which expand the possibilities of agriculture, in particular the field of genetically modified crops, there are situations where extra diligence not only makes sense, but is simply required.
[FYI : What the Canadian Federation of Agriculture says about GMOS]
Neonics is one of the times we need to slam on the brakes and take a long extra look at the potential to negatively impact the natural way of things. [Leave the science upto the experts not the environmental groups/lawyers.]
To impact pollinators, given their importance to food production would be folly, and we need to ensure we don’t go down that path. [Trust Health Canada not Gideon Forman]
If we at PesticideTruths had to make an educated guess on What are the Main causes of HoneyBees Dying?
We would put our money on BeeKeepers, they are the ones Killing alot of Bees.
Bee Starvation, Poor Replacement Food Sources for Bees, Improper Pesticide Usage by Beekeepers on their own Bees, BeeKeeper Greed.
That is why the animal welfare and cruelty act should include BEES!
I have been a journalist for nearly 22 years, the last 19 with Yorkton This Week, where I am now Assistant Editor. My work includes weekly music reviews reflecting my love of music. The reviews for 2007 appear here. I also cover a wide range of other stories, and have garnered a number of awards, including 24 First Place Awards in the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Competition. I have also been named Reporter of the Year by the Saskatchewan Lacrosses Association, and most recently in 2005 by the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Three of my books have been published; SKATING the EDGE from Thistledown Press, GUTS & GO: Great Saskatchewan Hockey Stories from Heritage Press, GUTS & GO OVERTIME: More Great Saskatchewan Hockey Stories