In October 2018, more than 72 million bees died – in just one day. Three months after the mass extinction the cause was confirmed.
A pesticide sprayed on a nearby field is responsible.
In Argentina, near the city of La Paz, south of the Traslasierra Valley, 920 beehives were ruined in just one day.
On the other side of the world another beekeeper lost a million of his bees. Now the Australian beekeeper also received confirmation from a lab that the bees had died of fipronil poisoning, an insecticide commonly used to kill termites.
The beehives were about 5 kilometers away from another beekeeper, where about 120 beehives previously died from the same insecticide.
In Europe, an Austrian fruit-grower was even sentenced to jail for illegally spreading an insecticide. Dozens of neighboring bee colonies were destroyed.
For a 450 gram jar of honey 1152 bees are needed, covering 180,246 km and visiting 4.5 million flowers !!!
That’s 156 km per bee!
It is a dying that is watched with concern worldwide.
Scientists have found that honeybees in Europe are killed by 57 different pesticides.
The vast majority of them are approved for use in the European Union.
The pesticide Thiacloprid from Bayer will continue to be used without restriction.
The most industrious of all animals, which reliably fly from flower to flower, disappears slowly.
A life without the bee is unthinkable. She is the big breadwinners of the people. The worldwide demand for natural products rests on their delicate wings.
The causes of the dramatic decline in insects are in industrial agriculture. In view of Monsanto’s “giant wedding” with its German rival Bayer, the criminal power of agriculture will increase worldwide in the coming years. Pesticides, notably neonicotinoids and the insecticide fipronil, are threatening not only bees, but also other animals such as butterflies, birds, fish and earthworms, and threaten the foundations of global food production. This is proven by a study in which 29 researchers from all continents and different disciplines evaluated around 800 individual studies over the past two decades.
If bee mortality does not end soon, it could have serious consequences for food supplies worldwide, because not only in Europe, but also in other parts of the world there is a mass extinction of bees.
Bees not only produce honey, they pollinate more than 90 vegetables and fruits. Apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, pumpkins and cucumbers are likely to be rare without bees.
Sweet things like citrus fruits, peaches, kiwis, cherries, blueberries and strawberries and a variety of melon varieties depend on the fertilization of the flying workers.
My comment: Now Monsanto also wants to fight bee pests – using genetic engineering.
Monsanto’s focus is on the Varroa mite, a parasite that makes it difficult for honey bees worldwide.
In addition to bee pests, he will fight off weeds and insects in the future.
Monsanto sees bright prospects for its new “BioDirect” products – the market is already worth $ 1.7 billion a year. So it’s not about saving the bees. So it’s all about huge profits again.
And so Monsanto is omnipresent to each one of us. Whether in the glass of milk, in the Schnitzel, in the chicken leg… which animal is not fed with the cheapest, ie gene manipulated cereals?
We have t-shirts made of GM cotton, eat honey that could be contaminated, we fry our broccoli patties in GM corn oil. Whether we like it or not, for most consumers, especially in the US, Monsanto is a daily guest. Who only causes catastrophes. For humans, animals and nature.
My best regards, Venus