Yo, what she said...
This is the same Environmental Protection Agency which a little while back declared hay forage crops to be "weeds".... pray tell, is there some sort of problem with allowing cows and horses to eat the grasses of the fields? Oh, that's right... they want all livestock living in those fancy automated barns and fed some version of Soylent Green plus copious anitbiotics and other pharma poisons....
My question is this: Why do we always try to fight the bureaucracy, when there is a simple answer to all of this: JUST DON'T BUY THE STUFF. Who is forcing farmers to use it? Why then, is it even a concern what the EPA approves or doesn't? Ultimately, if it isn't used, it isn't a problem, is it?
It's the farmers we need to get to.... not the corporatic government agencies.
Subject: EPA licenses yet another BEE KILLING pesticide - the epitomy of Stupidity
Inge’s Added Comment: It is definitely high time to draw a line in the sand – Enough is Enough,. There are days when I just can’t believe that the world could possibly be so psychopathically, irresponsibly stupid as to knowingly destroy all of nature with persistent determination. The EPA – Environmental Protection Agency (REALLY?????) Now morphed into serving the Corporate demand to KILL, KILL, KILL nature.
The forever-regurgitated mantra today: “It’s the economy, stupid!”
The question is “Which Economy?” and “Whose economy?”
In the sequel to World War ll, the ECONOMY has become predominantly centered around the reproduction and utilization of TOXICS – in industry, in the military and especially in agriculture. Most of the corporate profits are somehow connected to “killing and destroying something”.
How long does it take for the majority of the population – that fails to connect the dots while bemoaning the epidemic of cancer that is descending on their families – that a TOXIC ECONOMY KILLS.
The idiot psychopaths that have usurped the seats of authority and governance seem to be willing to poison and kill literally everything that is ESSENTIAL to LIFE - all in the name of protecting “the corporate economy”.
Indeed, we are the only species that literally engineers and finances its own destruction, and does so in the name of “the economy”.
Translated: If it makes MONEY, it will be done, even if it kills everything in its path, including humanity.
Equally incomprehensible is the fact the majority of the public still hasn’t realized that the Corporate Economy’s profits constitute a clever transfer of our money into their coffers. And the Corporate Boardroom has shown itself stupid enough to kill the golden goose even while fleecing it.
And so now “we will see the environment drenched with yet another insecticide, more potently toxic than its predecessors, already KNOWN TO BE KILL OFF THE BEES.”
At least the Europeans are prepared to ban the greatest threats. They lost a devastating war – and they still know what struggling for survival means. They have banned these pesticides! North America opens the door to them. How incomprehensibly STUPID!
There is an old saying “Against stupidity even the gods battle in vain.”
Can We Survive Bee Extinction?
by Calamity Jane on May 21, 2013
Well, the Environmental Destruction Agency has approved a brand new (and more deadly) poison in the arms race between industrial farmers and nature.
Despite new findings that prove a heightened crisis in US bee populations and a recent ban in Europe on similar chemical applications, the EPA has decided to further endanger the population Monday by approving a “highly toxic” new pesticide.
The “EPA continues to put industry interests first to exacerbate an already dire pollinator crisis,” writes the group Beyond Pesticides.
The agency granted sulfoxaflor, a product of the Dow Chemical Company, “unconditional registration” for use on vegetables, fruits, barley, canola, ornamentals, soybeans and wheat among others, despite the EPA’s own classification of the insecticide as “highly toxic to honey bees.”
Oh, but wait Calamity, they tell farmers not to hurt the bees with it! Right on the label!
As part of their decision, the EPA approved new language for the sulfoxaflor labels which reads, “Do not apply this product at any time between 3 days prior to bloom and until after petal fall,” during heightened pollinator activity.
Further, they approved an additional ‘advisory pollinator statement’:
Notifying known beekeepers within 1 mile of the treatment area 48 hours before the product is applied will allow them to take additional steps to protect their bees. Also limiting application to times when managed bees and native pollinators are least active, e.g., before 7 am or after 7pm local time or when temperature is below 55oF at the site of application, will minimize risk to bees.
Wow, not only does that make me weep for the bees, but it seems to be unrealistic since systemic pesticides, including sulfoxaflor, continue to exist in the plant (including pollen and nectar) for longer periods of time that will surpass the recommended application intervals, and therefore expose bees to residues longer than suggested. Not to mention the giant hole of “known beekeepers” since one is not required to register bees, or the keeping thereof.
Will this newest tool in the arsenal against nature be the nail in the coffin for bees in the US?
Sure, there will likely be some small number of native bees that survive in isolated areas. But the BEES, the hundreds of thousands of hives that pollinate the state of California alone, don’t have the resiliency to handle another poisonous blow. Can WE survive the death of those bees?
Do you know what food requires pollination from bees? Every single fruit tree needs every single piece of fruit to be started by a bee visiting a flower in early spring. This applies to tree nuts as well. Most vegetables need to be pollinated, squashes, tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans, etc.
What can you survive on if the bees kick the bucket? Potatoes don’t need their little flowers pollinated in order to make tubers, and you can reproduce the next generation (well, the next flush of clones if we’re being accurate) with those same tubers. Corn is generally pollinated by wind. Most grasses are that way, so wheat and other grains will probably not be hard hit.
Some blossoms are friendly enough that humans can pollinate easily on a large enough scale to be useful. Squash is what I’m thinking of here. The blooms are spaced out in time, large in scale, and easy to identify, so conceivably a worker with a brush and some patience could fertilize a row of summer squash without much stress.
I’ve heard that China has lost a lot of bees, and hand pollination is what they’ve resorted to. Of course, they have the labor pool to handle that.
I would much rather have the bees do that work for me. I’m betting you would too. If you have a bit of land and you can make some safe spaces for bees, I think every little bit will help at this point.
I would brush up on my vegetable propagation, and maybe plant another row of potatoes. If bees go, food is going to be scarce. Farmers will eventually adjust, but there is no getting around the scale of the problem.