Beekeeping- Bees: Our endangered Food producers

By Maggie Rose McGrath (dn)                                                                                                                               4/27/2017

One of the things that I love with my morning cup of tea is honey with lemon. I began to notice that after a couple years of this relaxing morning pleasure, my incidences of allergy issues diminished.

Honeybees are being sent around many regions of the country. The importance of this is not to be downplayed.  These ‘workers’ have been able to pollinate about $40 billion dollars of the USA’s agricultural produce each and every year.  We wondered why our trees had blossoms but were not producing fruit. We then discovered that in our area, bees were in serious decline. We learned that more then 130 fruits vegetables and fruits that we enjoy here in America, that are important for a diet that is healthy and important for well rounded nutrition, can be credited to those honeybees.

According to the reports that we have read, there are commercial bees that are raised on bee farms, and sent to other farms to help with pollinating. The wild bees and the commercial bees are the responsible workers for the pollinating that necessary for about 80% of all the crops of food grown in the USA.

We found articles, watching National Geographic and internet social media videos, and began to see that very few American’s are really aware of the impending serious nature of the decline and disappearing bee population across our nation. It appears that in the last five years from 2012 to 2017, about 30% to 40% of our national bee population are gone, and almost a third of all of the hives of bees here in the U.S. have according to experts….disappeared.

Then we posed questions here at the “Concord Show,” and began to realize that just reporting on this concern was not enough. Many of us and our small support group of concerned citizens, felt it important to take steps. People in our close knit group read and educated ourselves.  We turned to others in the group to brain storm and share the knowledge from reading and research.  We started out with one hive and a few weeks later, a second hive.

We discovered that there was more spraying of pesticides and chemicals even out in the country then we imagined. And we noticed a double and triple increase of planes without the required identifying numbers on the plane, spraying criss-cross contrails like a tic tac toe board across our Western skies. Reports of dead and dying bees, and even more concerning were the reports of people going to urgent care and clinics and their providers for various aliments. The increase of cancer across the board, but especially in the Western states. On the Internet we found a website entitled “GLOBAL RESEARCH” of which an article was

                                                               Death and Extinction of the Bees

“With so much at stake, efforts to investigate and uncover reasons for this sudden global pandemic have been robust. A new government study blames a combination of factors for the mysterious and dramatic loss of honeybees, including increased use of pesticides especially in the US, shrinking habitats, multiple viruses, poor nutrition and genetics, and even cell phone towers. However, according to last year’s joint EPA-USDA study, the biggest cause is the parasite called the Varroa destructor, a type of mite found to be highly resistant to the insecticides that US beekeepers have used in attempts to control the mites from inside the beehives. Moreover, new virus species have been found in the US and several of these have been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder.

In a vicious cycle, since 1987 when the Varroa mite was first discovered in the US, Monsanto, Dow, Bayer and other large chemical manufacturers aggressively glommed onto the bee industry selling genetically modified insecticides and herbicides as the quick and easy fix to remedy the parasitic invasion, only to weaken the bees’ natural genetic defenses to fight off the parasite. In an article from the Guardian earlier this month, Monsanto’s contribution to the vanishing bee population is detailed.”

(Rest of article is to be found:  )

“At the end of the day, the honey bee crisis is a human health crisis. If we can’t save bees, we can kiss goodbye the most nutritious part of the food pyramid. That’s just not an outcome we at Earthjustice are willing to accept.

Greg Loarie
Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Dr. Kegley shows Loarie a bee box in the backyard of her home in California.
                                                                                         photo by  CHRIS JORDAN-BLOCH / EARTHJUSTICE
 Dr. Kegley shows attorney Greg Loarie a bee box in the backyard of her home in California.