[permaculture] 37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn Field | Organic Health

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37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn
Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn
Field | Organic Health

Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in
Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in
Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,”
Schuit said. While many bee keepers blame neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” for
colony collapse of bees and many countries in EU have banned neonicotinoid
class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture fails to ban
insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.

Two of Bayer’s best-selling pesticides, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are
known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such
as bees. The marketing of these drugs also coincided with the occurrence of
large-scale bee deaths in many European countries and the United States.

Nathan Carey another local farmer says that this spring he noticed that
there were not enough bees on his farm and he believes that there is a
strong correlation between the disappearance of bees and insecticide use.

In the past, many scientists have struggled to find the exact cause of the
massive die-offs, a phenomenon they refer to as “colony collapse disorder”
(CCD). In the United States, for seven consecutive years, honeybees are in
terminal decline.

US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax
and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key
problem. “We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition,
pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,”
said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory.

The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops.
It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee
pollination, which means that bees contribute over 30 billion to the global

A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences revealed that neonicotinoid pesticides kill honeybees by damaging
their immune system and making them unable to fight diseases and bacteria.

After reporting large losses of bees after exposure to Imidacloprid, banned
it for use on corn and sunflowers, despite protests by Bayer. In another
smart move, France also rejected Bayer’s application for Clothianidin, and
other countries, such as Italy, have banned certain neonicotinoids as well.

After record-breaking honeybee deaths in the UK, the European Union has
banned multiple pesticides, including neonicotinoid pesticides.

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