High Fructose May be Responsible for Bee Population Dwindling at a Rate Three-Times the Norm

Leave it up to the human race to become completely disconnected from the three-dimensional world that takes place right in front of their eyes and to be totally entranced by things based on fiction (i.e., the monetary system, status and the accumulation of meaningless stuff).

Albert Einstein said, “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live”. The good news is that we still have some time folks, bees aren’t gone. They’re only being wiped out at a rate three-times the norm.

From ignoring the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the worst nuclear disaster in recorded history, to willfully ignoring the worst oil spill in human history courtesy of the incompetence of BP and the American government, we’ve been successfully programmed to not give a damn.

Now our food supply is being threatened. Not only are GM companies like Monsanto looking to genetically engineer much of the food we consume, but their controversial techniques have spilled over into the mainstream.

Honeybees are being wiped out and rendered useless.

You see, Monsanto and other GM companies do what they do so well because they have created crops that are resistant to high levels of toxins and pesticides. These toxins are meant to kill bugs and other critters that damage the company’s yield. This is achieved by rewriting the plant’s DNA to withstand the use of massive amounts of toxins and poisons.

This may be good for Monsanto’s profits, but what about the effect on the ecosystem that has not been genetically tampered with?

This brings us back to the bees. French scientist have concluded that the insecticide thiamethoxam, is not only killing off the insects that ruin a company’s harvests, but it is disorienting a vital part of our ecosystem: the bees.

This chemical confuses the bees and inhibits their ability to return to the hive leading the hive’s population to decrease by two-thirds.

Some cynics say that there is no need to worry because the wind also accounts for a large portion of the earth’s pollination, but the Telegraph said,

“However animal pollination is essential for nuts, melons and berries, and plays varying roles in citrus fruits, apples, onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, avocados, cucumbers, coconuts, tomatoes and broad beans, as well as coffee and cocoa.”

These aforementioned crops are valuable staples in the global farm economy. So even if you don’t care about the animals, it’s also about the money, Lebowski!

Similarly, a study by Harvard scientists supported that hives exposed to these neonics also died. Fifteen out of the 16 hives exposed to this pesticide in the study did not survive.

Just so that I can be a bit more doomy and gloomy, scientists have also found that the use of high fructose corn syrup as a substitute for honey in struggling bee colonies is not such a good idea. Beekeepers who gave this supplement to their hives also saw their bees die. This is because neonics are also used to treat corn that is then turned into high fructose.

Producers of neonics and high fructose tell us not to worry though. Neonics are virtually harmless to humans. But I can’t help but wonder the slow effects neonics are having on our bodies if they are in fact killing off our cousins in the animal kingdom.

I know it sounds weird to a lot of people, but humans also come from the Earth. We may believe we are separate from the ecosystem because we have iPhones, running water and big metal bullets with rubber wheels that roll around on roads. But we are all animals. We all poop, pee, enjoy sex and need food that comes from the ground to survive.

If these neonics are poisoning our animal cousins, I can’t help but wonder the effect these insecticides are having on our bodies. What else are they keeping from us?

 

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