Mass Death Of Bees Accelerated Greatly In 2012

Perhaps genetically engineering poison into our food supply was a short-sighted idea, hints the New York Times:

A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.

A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment, colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor.

The European Union has proposed to ban the use of neonicotinoids on crops frequented by bees. Some researchers have concluded that neonicotinoids caused extensive die-offs in Germany and France.

The Agriculture Department says a quarter of the American diet, from apples to cherries to watermelons to onions, depends on pollination by honeybees.

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  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    It only kills the weak ones. Killer bees are fine.

    • Daniel Gill

      seriously?

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        yeah, they don’t seem affected. People should just let them take over hives and use them for honey bees. Some people are already doing it. https://www.onnit.com/killer-bee-honey/

        another good link:

        http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×995124

        • Daniel Gill

          What I heard is that monsanto is allied with some genetic honey bee modification to supposedly fix the problem with more patented genes

          I’m not against genetic modification I mean in theory I see no reason not to do it

          but they should have been able to anticipate this problem in advance

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            well they can’t really anticipate all the problems. There will always be unintended consequences, the variables are simply to vast to control.

          • InAwe

            Or maybe this is simply the intended consequences?

          • Daniel Gill

            To start modifying honey bees too? Could be

          • InfvoCuernos

            I guess somebody hasn’t seen Jurassic Park?

    • godozo

      Hope you’re talking from experience. I tried asking about killer bees beforehand, no answer from the peanut gallery.

  • Andrew

    Get AIDS and die slowly.

    • Rhoid Rager

      What was the original comment? They ruined the fun and deleted it!

      • Andrew

        Same kinda spam that’s been popping up every day.

        • Rhoid Rager

          Ahhh…my sister’s boyfriend’s aunt’s stripper friend makes $100/hour working at home on the ‘puter….

        • Calypso_1

          The more it is replied to, the more it will be sent.

  • Charlie Primero

    “Perhaps genetically engineering poison into our food supply was a short-sighted idea” HA! Now *that* was an intro. :-)
    http://www.cropscience.bayer.com/en/Products-and-Innovation/Brands/Insecticides.aspx

  • BuzzCoastin

    don’t worry folks
    Monsanto is working a GMO bee replacement

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