Thursday, June 26, 2014

What's Really Killing the Honeybees?

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A recent mailing included the following:

The honey bee is responsible for 80 percent of pollination worldwide.

Bee populations have been falling fast around the world, and dropped an alarming 23% in the U.S. last winter.

A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids — the fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides — as a key contributing factor to bee declines.

Food Revolution Summit speaker Michele Simon has issued a new report in conjunction with Friends Of the Earth. She details how three of the leading pesticide corporations — Bayer, Syngenta, and Monsanto —  are engaged in a massive public relations disinformation campaign to distract the public and policymakers from thinking that pesticides might have something to do with bee death and destruction.

Get the alarming truth, and find out what you can do to help, here.

Yours for the bees,

Ocean Robbins

P.S. Bees are responsible for pollinating apples, almonds, berries, and many other things. It’s important to have the truth about the pesticide company’s misinformation campaigns so you can be informed and take action for the bees. Find out more here.

Do I have your attention???  The planet is being poisoned and (IMHO) the Honeybees are the "canary in the coal mine."
I have shared honeybee deaths and CCD info here MANY times.  There many ways YOU can help the honeybees.

-Add Milkweed to your garden.  GREAT for Monarch Butterflies as well
Tropical Milkweed
- Plant WILDFLOWERS from seeds!  Buying from home depot and lowes will KILL your bees since they use neonictinoids.
Mammoth Black Sunflower
-Watch Vanishing of the Bees and recommend to your friends and family.  Heck, share it with strangers!  It’s an amazing movie and you can find in on Netflix and a short chip on youtube.

-Stay away from using harsh chemicals in your garden and yard.  Most chemical pesticides also kill beneficial insects.
-Support your local beekeepers.  Buying local honey is a great way to show your support and is a delicious treat.  It has been suggested that eating local honey can help with seasonal allergies.  Local honey is also eco-friendly as it does not have to travel thousands of miles and possibly contain nasty chemical additives.
-Learn more about bees, beekeeping and CCD.  Have you ever considered backyard beekeeping?  Now would be a great time to learn more!
The Florida Raw Honey Giveaway is open through 6/30/14. 

The HUGE $1 and $2 Heirloom, Non-GMO Seed Sale is open through 7/1/14

Bees are vital the Human Survival.  Without bees, we have no food.
Don't let pesticide companies continue to profit while the world's 
honeybee population dies.  Get out there and help save the bees!

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Unknown said...

Thanks for the article.
1 question: You say to grow wildflowers from seed, not from Lowe's. Is it okay to get these seeds from any store or do I need to be getting specific seeds?

Mary Smith said...

I recommend organic, non-gmo seeds from a trusted source.
Check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds (our company)

bj said...

I've been hearing this on the news.