JEN GERSON | October 17, 2014 | Last Updated: Oct 17 9:37 PM ET
It started with the War in the Woods, mass protests that quashed plans for clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound.
Then came decisive demonstrations over airports, cellphone towers, wind farms, biotechnology — and one gas plant so hated by Ontario residents that the Liberals under former premier Dalton McGuinty allegedly spent $1-billion to cancel it.
Now it’s pipelines versus the people: protests over Alberta’s oil sands, and the metal tubes meant to carry its bitumen to market.
In 1872, a merchant ship called the Mary Celeste set sail from New York, and four weeks later was found by sailors aboard another vessel to be moving erratically in the Atlantic Ocean 400 miles east of the Azores. Curious, those sailors boarded the Mary Celeste, only to find nary a soul. The cargo was intact, as were supplies of food and water. But there was no sign of the seven-man crew, the captain, or his wife and daughter, who had gone along for the journey. To this day, what turned that brigantine into a ghost ship remains a maritime mystery.
It was with a nod to this history that when bees suddenly and mysteriously began disappearing en masse in Britain several years ago, the phenomenon came to be known there as Mary Celeste Syndrome. Beekeepers in this country were similarly plagued. Honeybees, those versatile workhorses of pollination, were vanishing by the millions. They would leave their hives in search of nectar and pollen, and somehow never find their way home. On this side of the Atlantic, though, the flight of the bees was given a more prosaic name: colony collapse disorder.
What caused it remains as much of a head-scratcher as the fate of the Mary Celeste, but the serious consequences for American agriculture were clear. And thus it draws the attention of this week’s Retro Report, part of a series of video documentaries examining major news stories from the past and analyzing what has happened since.
The centrality of bees to our collective well-being is hard to overstate. They pollinate dozens of crops: apples, blueberries, avocados, soybeans, strawberries, you name it. Without honeybees, almond production in California would all but disappear. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that nearly one-third of everything that Americans eat depends on bee pollination. Billions of dollars are at stake each year for farmers, ranchers and, of course, beekeepers.
Wow these Bee Keepers need to be restricted from using Pesticides in the Hives.
They cannot comprehend reading instructions on a pesticide label let alone contemplate Bee Health.
Minute quantities of Seed Treated Neonics are Useless on Non Target Pests, but Repeated Folliar Applications of The Exact Same Product or even More Toxic Products are better for the Bees, Farmers and the Environment?
Humans Reducing Exposure to Pesticides flies in the face of reasoning when dealing with Misinformed Organic Lunatics. Repeated applications especially Organic Pesticides can consist of weekly or biweekly visits, spraying plants 6-12 times a season or more. Seed Treatment removes Applicator Exposure Risk Dramatically.
We are guessing OBA Media Relations missed the part where the EPA says:
Beekeeper groups don’t support Ontario beekeepers on pesticide lawsuit
ALBERTA — Ontario beekeepers are getting flack from their own because of their lawsuit against two pesticide companies.
One of Canada’s national beekeeper organizations, representing 7,000 apiculturists across Canada, says there are better ways than a lawsuit to solve the problem of pesticide-treated soybean and corn seeds killing honeybees.
Canadian Honey Council chair Gerry McKee said that "accusations of blame" do not welcome innovative solutions and the council’s position is that beekeepers need to work with others to ensure optimum bee health.
"The Canadian Honey Council views pesticide exposure, both internally and externally as an extremely important bee health issue," said McKee by email. "By working co-operatively with governments, agricultural producers, agri-chemical companies, equipment manufactures and beekeepers, significant improvements have been made that have mitigated exposure risks to honeybees.
"Accusations of blame do not provide an environment that welcomes new and innovative solutions and as such we will continue to work together with all parties to ensure optimum bee health, and at the same time, uphold our responsibility to beekeepers all across Canada to represent their interest in a respectful manner."
A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, a registered charity, is apparently at risk of breaking tax agency rules that limit so-called political or partisan activities.