In 2011, 12 million bees died in Brevard County, Florida.
In 2013, 37 million bees at a Canadian beekeeping operation died.
More recently, 25,000 bee corpses were found in the parking lot of a Target in Oregon.
More on this in a moment.
If we were to talk to one of the scientists at Syngenta, one of the top pesticide companies in the world and the global leader in the treated seed market, they would probably try to impress us with their college degrees and unpronounceable words.
They make a good living by creating seed coatings, pesticides, etc., and then selling them to farmers. Their goal is to create products that will result in food for the masses.
They want to make crops invincible against enemies such as bugs and diseases, not to mention the very pesticides they create to kill those bugs.
Maybe they believe they are doing the world a great service. But at the end of the day, they are playing God.
No one yet knows the long-term effects that genetically modified food will have on the world’s population, but there have been plenty of warning signs.
Today’s treated seeds are so far removed from natural, God-given seeds that they are barely recognizable. They are treated with fungicides to target specific diseases. Micro nutrients are implanted to help the seeds germinate and grow. Insecticides are added to kill the bugs that might eat away at the crop.
But anytime you mess with nature, you are asking for trouble.
As we know, EPA officials are constantly sticking their noses where they don’t belong. But conveniently for big business, which is in bed with those officials, the EPA does not regulate seeds treated with insecticides or fungicides.
This is not good news for bees, and therefore it’s not good news for us.
Due to the overwhelming evidence that Syngenta’s insecticides are killing bees, the company’s spokespeople aren’t even attempting to deny it.
Trying to skate around the issue, they say the solution is to plant more flowers so that bees will have more food and won’t need to munch on crops treated with Syngenta’s pesticides.
Great idea. Let’s just post a bunch of signs telling bees to stay away from these poisonous insecticides and instead find flowers for their pollination duties.
Here are a few headlines you might have read:
- A Reason Millions of Bees Are Dying – The Washington Post
- Bees Are Dying: What Can We Do About It? – CNN
- Here’s Why All the Bees Are Dying – Mother Jones
- What Is Killing America’s Bees and What Does It Mean for Us? – Rolling Stone
Most plants rely on bees and other natural pollinators to produce some of nature’s most nutritious foods. They include honey, almonds, pears, avocados, grapes and a whole lot more. In fact, it’s estimated that one-third of everything we eat is dependent on bees and their pollenating work.
But with beekeepers in the U.S. losing 44 percent of their colonies between April 2015 and April 2016, there is plenty of cause for concern.
Except, of course, from the folks at Syngenta. They don’t seem to care too much.