Decline in the Bee Population

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  1. Smartalk

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    There is major concern throughout the world in the decline in the bee population and the devastating effect it could have on our long-term survival. I would ask the question what the members thoughts and theories on the reason for this serious decline?

    I will open the debate by posing the thought; “Could it be due to the use of ‘Genetically Modified’ crops and plants, being in itself harmful to bee’s?

    If so, what is the long-term effect on us, as human beings?

    Do you think we interfere with nature too much?
     
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    We are looking at a major decline in biodiversity world wide. Bess are a major loss if they go. Without them 70% of our food resources will disapear. Scary stuff. I think the most likely culprit is pestacides. The chemicals in them could easily interupt the harmone based comunication between the members of the hive. It could be any number of other chemicals we release, or even malnutrition from the hybrid plants we have created that produce less necter. It could be a cocktail of all these things. Now it is time for me to get off the soap box. lol
     
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    Oh shit! I do hope that Davros isn't back. :wink:
     
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    we are currently in the middle of the next great worldwide extinction. The Great Dying ver. 2.0
     
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    Thank you Smartalk for bringing up such an important and timely topic! :cool: :smile:
     
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    Wow, this is hardly news. It's surprising how long it takes for serious news like this to get around. And it's isn't just chemicals that is connected to the issue but also parasites and the importations of non-domestic species of bees into the country. The Phenomenon was first reported in OCT of 2006 when farmers lost up to 90 percent of the hive populations without even seeing any dead bees. It was believed that they lost the ability to find there way back. There is a very well informed documentary on the issue. Last year during the summer I saw absolutely no honey bees at all. There are orchards in china were all the fruit is already being manually pollinated. It is estimated that doing this in the US could triple the price of produce. Things like grain and corn and even peas and beans can manage with simple air pollination but fruit trees like pears need insects to do this work.

    here a link to it at USDA http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15572
     
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    I had a similar thought.

    YouTube - the bees are disappearing
    YouTube - Bees! - Stolen Earth, Doctor Who

    But in all seriousness, it seems to me that something is dreadfully wrong to have such a massive and sudden decline in the bee population, plus the added mystery that they are disappearing--no one knows what happens to them, as bodies aren't being found.

    For those of you who are gardeners, the Agriculture Research Service recommends planting "good nectar sources such as red clover, foxglove, bee balm, and joe-pye weed. For more information, see www.nappc.org."

    Pollinator Partnership Home
     
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    If every bee fell off the earth I would have NO problem. I hate them, allergic to them and they're..........don't get me started.
    If every bee on the planet died scientists would find a way to pollenate plants etc. Actually I hope every bee on the planet does die. We don't need them and they are evil.
     
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    :wtf1: OMG! :eek:mfg: You have no idea what you are saying or the devastating effect CCD is having on agriculture and the economy. :chairshot: Yes, man made pollenation is possible; but it has a negative affect on he crops. It alters the flavor and growth of the crops and not in a good way. :mad: Honeybees have been around since Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar and for millenia before that. The fact something is now killing them en masse, is a BIG deal.
     
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    And in four years man kind would disapear as well. Only we would leave a lot of corpses. Starvation is an ugly way to go.
     
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    Being someone who is allergic to bee's i don't see a problem :biggrin1:
     
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    the domestic honey been infested with extremely small mites that live in their respatory system, which kills them when they overwhelm the small body. It's been linked to global warming.
     
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    well the problem isn't that bleak but we might have to live on meat and potatoes and suppliment out nutrition with bars or pills.
     
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    Duh! It's our cell phones... That's the buzz according to a German scientist.

    Yeah, this is controversial. But what the heck. S'fun to talk about.
     
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    I doubt that VERY highly.
     
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    Maybe not quite that drastic but it IS a symbiotic relationship. Honey bees aren't native to N.America - they were imported to assist crop production. So a lot of the things you grow to feed yourselves are things you need bees for. As are some of the foods domestic animals feed on, before anyone else touts meat as any viable substitute for fruit and veg...
     
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    In my garden, the pollination is done by a bit of everything, moths, butterflies, wasps, hornets, sweat bees, flies, bumblebees...etc.

    Relying on the honey bee for pollination is only showing the danger of mono culture.
     
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    Or grow our own crops because it isn't a complicated thing to do...

    One person on the block grows tomatoes, one grows potatoes, one grows apples, and so on...urban agriculture

    ...and besides, bees don't pollinate every plant or crop, that's not how it works

    Couldn't this problem also be linked with the rapid spread of Africanized "killer" bees?
     
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    No. The decline of bee populations is the problem, thus increased numbers of Africanized honey bees would be part of the solution.
    As with European honey bees, Africanized bees attack in response to a perceived threat to their hive or resting swarm, but the attack is typically more relentless and by larger numbers.

    There are also strains of this bee which do not exhibit this hyper- defensive protective behavior:

    Africanized bee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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