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[–] mercury996 0 points 37 points (+37|-0) ago 

As a hobbyist backyard beekeeper I find this very sad. There is little to no thought given towards the service these delicate little insects until it becomes a real problem. When I say no thought I mean from your average person, they aren't aware or they just don't care.

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[–] grayfoxjls 0 points 43 points (+43|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm a vineyard manager and have been working in agriculture my entire life. I've been using this chemical (we called it imidacloprid) for many years. It makes me sick to think that it has been doing this much damage. I have been spreading the word right and left with others in the industry and we are starting to get a really positive response. Now almost no vineyard uses this chemical before bloom (which is when bees are really susceptible). In addition to this many (like me) have chosen not to use the chemical entirely.

A large part of the problem now comes from corporate farmers who don't care about the local bee population. Stronger labeling laws need to be enforced by the EPA to ensure that this doesn't happen again.

The really sad part about this is that I and many others just wish we would have known what damage this was doing! The companies that produce these chemicals don't do their homework before selling them.

EDIT: Everyone! Please read my response to SharonLeeFan. I elaborate on what I see as being the problem in the Ag industry. Everyone needs to know about it.

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[–] OBuns 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Thank you for being so conscientious about this and spreading the word. I want my kids to enjoy all the marvels of mother nature that I got to enjoy, bees pollinating, watching monarch butterflies, catching fire flies, chasing grasshoppers...

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[–] syllovespan 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Please keep this up, we need as many advocates as possible who are in the industries most affected. And don't think for a minute these guys don't do their homework. You know as well as I that the only reason to be a for profit company is to increase shareholder wealth. The chemical guys are only concerned with that, nothing else.

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[–] SharonLeeFan 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks for commenting. It's always great to hear from someone with first-hand experience / expertise on an issue.

"A large part of the problem now comes from corporate farmers who don't care about the local bee population. Stronger labeling laws need to be enforced by the EPA to ensure that this doesn't happen again. "

Could you expand on this quote a bit? Labeling laws, like the opposite of what just passed (banning the state-level requirement to label GMO foods)? What can be done to get corporate farmers to stop causing the damage?

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[–] alizure 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Bees are very important to our ecosystem. Without those little guys...things will decline.I have noticed a decline in the bees i see around. There used to be alot more than there are now.

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[–] ratsmack 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Corporate farming has no conscience. If using highly toxic chemicals improves the profit margin and are legal to use, then they will be used with a vengeance. The US wastes as much food as is consumed, and what is consumed is more than we need. It's almost as if we have a death wish.

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[–] jpw42 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

End ethanol mandates and subsidies also end farm subsidies and you will go a long ways towards fixing the bee problem. I say this as both a farmer and a bee keeper.

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[–] Thebaby1423 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Why would ending Ethanol subsidies and farm subsidies stop pesticides from showing up in bee's honey?

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[–] thisislaura 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I think because the gmo corn that is grown for the ethanol leads to these chemicals being used.

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[–] jpw42 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Because some of that land that is now being farmed would no longer be economically viable and would go back to prairie and pasture. Less farming, less pesticides. More untilled land more flowers for bees to collect pollen and nectar from. All in all good for bees.

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[–] beekeeper 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I wonder what effect pesticides and neonicitonoids in our food are having on us.

s/affect/effect

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[–] BrazilianRider 6 points -3 points (+3|-6) ago  (edited ago)

I know a ton of people on Voat hate Monsanto (and some of that is well placed), but they're working on modifying flying ants to become pollinators... Dunno if anyone else has seen that, but I think it's pretty damn cool!

EDIT: Guys, calm down, it's all a hoax.

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[–] beekeeper 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Ya, that's pretty cool. That would definitely solve their problem of killing off all the other pollinators and bees. Can't wait until they introduce them into our ecosystem! I doubt there would be any negative impacts like what happened to quail after the introduction of fire ants.

It's also nice to know we can sleep safe knowing they care more about the only planet we can live on than their corporate bottom line, and are always forthcoming and honest about what effects their products are having on our world.

Flying ants!!! Who wouldn't want ants to be able to fly?!! Totally a responsible solution to their inability to stop killing off our current pollinators!

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[–] Nedd 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

That's evil move, Monsanto controls too much on environment if that happens. Instead of just have nature ways (and we could have honey as the bonus), they make the fucking ants fly to destroy ecosystem but Monsanto's crops. And they wonder why people hate Monsanto.

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[–] syllovespan 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Poor little bees, I plant lavender and as many bee friendly flowers as I can in my garden. It's disturbing to see pesticides in our honey, nothing is sacred anymore, we've become a chemically imbalanced world for profit.

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[–] catfaceddog 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I have broccoli, as well as lavender, and the bees absolutely love the flowers from the broccoli plants. I have never had so many bees in my garden. Makes me smile. :)

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[–] aileron_ron 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

But the FDA say's it's safe.(sarcasm)

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[–] Lodley 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

Just about everything is safe at low enough exposures.

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[–] catfaceddog 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Endocrine disruptors are harmful in absolutely miniscule doses because they mimic hormones; e.g: bisphenol a. Such compounds are becoming more and more common. And, nobody seems to know, or give a shit, which makes the situation even worse...

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[–] aileron_ron 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

True, The FDA say's so. If someone shoots me once I might not have a problem.

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[–] eyeman 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

If America doesn't curb the problem pretty soon, we are going to end up like China. They pay thousands of workers to pollinate fruit for them. I'm not saying this is horrible, but having to replace a primary pollinator will likely have some negative consequences.

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[–] Canning 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I could use a bee's job

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