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It IS Our Bee's Wax.Posted Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 2:23 PM
The American honey bee is now dying of another illness which may be the culprit causing Bee Colony Collapse.
There is a major investigation being launched by several national bee keeper organizations into the agriculture corporations such as Monsanto, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland charging them with coating seeds that are planted by farmers with a chemical that is affecting the bee population in a hazardous manner.
The seeds are sprayed with a chemical that stops them from sticking together, thus making it easier to plant them in one seed per hole, orderly rows. However, the chemical stays on the seed as it germinates because it also has some weed killer chemical mixed with it. The plants grow with this chemical in its structure. If it is corn, the tassels where the pollen hangs out, has the chemical in its pollen.
Farmers have said that they have noticed no dandelions in their fields, but they have also noticed very few honey bees, as well.
Meanwhile, bee keepers have observed that their bees come back to the hive carrying pollen sacks, but die at the door of the hive. Bee keepers think that the bees are ingesting the new chemical that is on the seed coating and that's what is killing them.
If we kill all our bees, we will be up a #$&% creek without a paddle. Hummingbirds can't do the whole pollination job. They aren't designed for such a tremendous undertaking.
This definitely should be OUR bee's wax, because it's our business to live a healthy life. We are marching towards a genetically modified (GM) existence because of the agricultural conglomerates that control our food supply.
In the last decade, obesity and diabetes 2 are at the top of our preventable diseases' lists. We are fairly sure these diseases are caused by GM foods, but what are we as citizens doing about it? We must call our senators and representatives in congress to pass laws against GM food production and at the same time these laws could save our bees.
If we don't step up to this issue, we better get use to eating food wafers (rather than carrots, beans or apples) as dramatized in the movie "Soilent Green" because this could very well be our future. Remember DuPont's slogan "Better Living through Chemistry"; it makes for a pretty ironic and scary thought these days, doesn't it?
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I'm Enid. No, not the town in Oklahoma, but a transplant to Eureka Springs from Minneapolis fourteen years ago. I'm a writer, journalist and sometime artist. My real love is expressing my opinions on almost any subject, as you have seen in my many letters to the Editor of The Lovely County Citizen over the years. Now, I'm happy to say that I will be writing a blog titled In a Twist for your amusement, amazement or commiseration. Thanks for giving me a read.