Could honeybees cause a global food crisis?  More accurately could the absence of honeybees cause a global food crisis?   Many say it could and that we are rapidly approaching a point of no return.honey bee

This is not a new topic – it’s been covered for years as this 2007 Fox News story indicates.

The difference now is that there is finally some action.  Recently a group of beekeepers filed a suit against the  EPA claiming that their failure to ban certain pesticides is what is causing the massive amount of bee deaths.

The pesticides in question are part of the general pesticide group known as neonicotinoids

The beekeepers offer evidence that since the rapid, sharp rise in the number of deaths coincides with the broad use of “Neonics” which began in the early part of the 2000s They have documentation that these chemicals are commonly found in the beehives that they own and in the deceased bees. The European Union put a 2 year ban in place on the use of these chemicals. This will allow them to study the issues further and make a long lasting decision. There, apparently is enough anecdotal evidence to err on the side of caution.

Why is this important?

Honeybees pollinate the vast majority of our fruits and vegetables. If there are no bees, there will be no more crops that need the bees for pollination. It will happen slowly by some measurement. Crop production will go down and prices will go up. Then as the fruits and vegetables become more scarce it will not only affect the price but, at some point, even the wealthiest

Whether or not it’s the pesticides that are causing the problem the issues of bees dropping dead in droves has to be stopped.

 

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Honeybees, Death and Carrots

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