BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Bee populations in America are slowly disappearing and this may affect our future and the bees’ future as well. A group of pesticides thousands of times more toxic than the DDT, called neonicotinoids, are responsible for this loss in our food chain. Less bees means less food for us.
Each year, 40% of the bee population worldwide dies, as a result of extensive pesticide use. An ecological organisation raised an alarm signal by bringing 2,6 million dead bees in front of the Environmental Protection Agency in the US.
One bee keeper said he’s been keeping bees for five years and many hives were killed by pesticides. He believes there needs to be a shift in paradigm, that is a new way of thinking towards nature and the important resources it has to offer. The current situation makes bee keepers unable to adapt to the new polluted environment.
Following the news, large groups of people involved in the food industry, such as lawyers or beekeepers have signed a petition to ban neonicotinoids. So far, 4 million people have signed for the ban. Every year, the food industry loses 2 billion dollars because of the bee crisis.
The groups have raised awareness through canvassing around the country, holding picnics and mobilizing people across the country.
Some people involved in the bee business have said that it’s a mistake to take fresh summer fruit and vegetables for granted.
Omar Ali, a spokesperson from an environmental agency in Massachusetts has said that 71 of the 100 crops that exist in the world need bee pollination. As a result, bees are an important food source for the Planet.
Massachusetts’ legislative have a bill pending that would keep pesticides away from bees. Customers will also be informed if the plants they buy have been treated with pesticides that are toxic for the bees.
Important stores, such as Lowe and Home Depot, have decided not to sell plants which were treated with dangerous insecticides.
However, the actions undertaken lately have turned this into a happy-ending story, as more and more food producers are banned from selling plants treated with neonicotinoids. Our future and the bees’ future depend on the success of these actions.
These bee protests have also been linked to marches against Monsanto, which is the biggest genetically modified seed producer in the world. The protesters argue that through crop rotation and other less intrusive means, they obtain better results than Monsanto.
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