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Where are the bees going

Well if you are a Dr Who fan then they are going home. If not then maybe this article will get you thinking.

Bees have a very close link to shape and design so what do you think happens when you fiddle with mature even to the slightest amount.

Read on for more and we do know why its happening.

Where did all the honey bees go? Lily Barclay investigates why thousands
of bees are being wiped out in the UK

What is the problem with honey bees?
A third of the UK’s honey bees did not survive this winter and spring. In
the US and other European countries this little-understood phenomenon has
been dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). No one fully understands why
this is happening.
What is Colony Collapse Disorder?
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is used to describe the phenomenon in which
worker bees from a colony or hive abruptly disappear, and the colony dies.
It may be due to stress, or viruses, or a combination of both, or other
causes. But no one fully understands the condition, as hives and colonies
can collapse for other reasons, especially during the winter.

CCD was first reported in North America in late 2006 where in some
beekeepers saw losses of up to 95%. Today in the US overall honey bee
losses of 36% have seen significant drops in the quantity of honey
harvested. CCD has since spread and has been reported in Canada, Italy,
Germany and France. However, despite beekeepers concerns it is yet to be
officially confirmed in the UK by the Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra).
Why does it matter?
Unsurprisingly, fewer honeybees means less honey. Many experts believe
that English honey will have run out by Christmas 2008, and will not be
available again until 2009. The consequences for the agricultural economy
could be significant - bees are reported to make an annual £165 million
for the industry.

But perhaps more crucially honeybees play a vital role within the planet’s
ecosystem by pollinating many fruit and vegetables. We don’t fully
understand the full consequences of their demise, but without bees many
flowering plants would become extinct.

These include most agricultural harvests making bees a critical link in
the food chain. Bees pollinate about 80% of flowering crops - this amounts
to a third of the food we eat, from raspberries to runner beans.
Why is it happening?
There are always natural dips in bees’ annual survival rate, and the
average drop in numbers over the winter period varies between 5% and 10%.
This year the British Beekeepers Association (BBA) reported that more than
30% of honey bees didn’t survive the winter and spring.

There are many possible explanations for this.

The main cause, however, according to Dr Sherwood ,is the increased usage
of genetically modified crops in the UK .
“The genetic sequencing is lacking data.” says Dr Jon, ” Lacking data the
plants do not form the same geometric shape when they grow to fruition.
Bees and other various other pollinating , colony-existing insects are
highly geometrically inclined .You only have to look at their eyes to see
they are made up of a sequence of equal hexagonal shapes and their hives
etc are the same.
When a bee flies into its hive it lines itself up with this geometry. When
the bees build a hive from GM pollen it does not make a hive of correct
proportions as the pollen sequence does not carry the ‘right’ information’
so they can’t match things up.
Thus Scientists in the UK as elsewhere ,in their arrogance and trying to
play God are unwittingly doing their
To wipe humanity of the face of this world.
Einstein apparently said this, “If you lose the bees humanity has four
years left.
Dr Jon Sherwood who can disprove many of Einstein’s theories concurs.

14 Responses to “Where are the bees going”

  1. moryah4 Says:

    It si not just honeybees that pollinate plants (crops etc).There are a whole plethora of small creatures,(other insects) which do the job from bumblebees,butterflies and wasps and beetles to creatures such as mammals like fruit bats etc. also spread pollen around while foraging for food.
    Various other insects in this catagory like wasps are also colony-orientated to an extent.
    It would appear each pollinator has too has a specific function to serve the plant kingdom which causes them to pollinate to different plants also over a varied range.For example a bumble-bee chooses a smaller local range and a wasp may extend its range for up to 2km.
    Also these other pollinators appear to be diappearing too,particularly in areas where genetically modified crops are grown.
    From the beginning when gm foods were grown in the UK specific areas were chose,Hertfordshire for example.
    Britain’s best insect records are kept by Rothamsted Research, the former government agricultural research station at Harpenden in Hertfordshire. Rothamsted supervises a network of 16 insect suction traps around Britain, which have been emptied daily, with the insects kept, for more than 30 years. This year a pilot project for English Nature assessed how much change there had been in the total weight of insects caught in four traps since 1970.
    There had been no change in the trap at Rothamsted itself, slight declines in traps in Devon and Kent, but a 60 per cent decline in the trap in Herefordshire. “That was a very dramatic drop, but it is not yet possible to speculate on the reasons,” said the scientist running the project, Dr Richard Harrington.
    Try GM fiddling with plants grown in your area chaps !

  2. moryah4 Says:

    ..This is obviously not the only cause of all disappearing insects but it would appear to be a smoking gun.
    The farmbirds are declining too and as a lot of birds diet includes primarily insects …well you draw your own conclusion…

    “Europe’s farms push birds to brink”

    Conservationists say many European farmland birds are now declining at historically unprecedented rates…They blame modern farming methods, which they say are doing more harm to birds than any other threat. The declines are most marked in the United Kingdom, with much of the rest of western Europe close behind.

    There are fears the eastwards expansion of the European Union over the next few years will intensify the threat.

    Research by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, says the intensification of agriculture since 1970 is the culprit.

    The authors say it has done more damage to the UK’s and Europe’s birds than any other single factor, including the effects of climate change, pollution and deforestation.

    UK’s decline steepest

    Across 30 countries, the report says, those with the most intensive farming have suffered the most rapidly declining bird populations.

  3. moryah4 Says:

    Bees and flowers decline in step

    By Richard Black
    Environment correspondent, BBC News website

    Here you have a well-documented study going back a good hundred years showing the relationship between bees and other pollinators and their host plants.
    The plants which pollinate via wind or water appear to be spreading, while those which rely on insects are in decline.
    By throwing in increase usage GM plants expect to see the the enhanced mortality rates you are seeing in the USA and the GM crop growing nations.

  4. moryah4 Says:

    These guys are trying to bully Australian farmers into growing their GM plants as we speak:
    The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as “Roundup”. Monsanto is also by far the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed, holding 70%–100% market share for various crops. Agracetus, owned by Monsanto, exclusively produces Roundup Ready soybean seed for the commercial market. In March 2005, it finalized the purchase of Seminis Inc, making it also the largest conventional seed company in the world. It has over 18,800 employees worldwide, and an annual revenue of USD$8.563 billion reported for 2007.[1]

    Monsanto’s development and marketing of genetically engineered seed and bovine growth hormone, as well as its aggressive litigation and political lobbying practices, have made the company controversial around the world and a primary target of the anti-globalization movement and environmental activists.

  5. moryah4 Says:

    Recently we had the main spokesperson for one of the big biotech framing companies out in Australia to stir up business.
    His argument for GM crops is that it is the solution to feeding the world’s hungry and to not use Gm grains is to not care about world poverty..blah..blah..blah.
    Since GM crops have been introduced to third world farmers and other nations it has created a whole plethora of sef-subsistance issues.
    In India for example a huge amount of farmers have commited suicide as the GM companies start to take away a faremrs small piece of independence and financially suck him dry:

    (From the South Asian August 4, 2006)

    …Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has himself accepted that over 100,000 farmers have committed suicide in the period 1993-2003. Isn’t it strange that if a bridge collapse in the cities kills a few people the
    engineers are held accountable? If a patient dies in the hospital from doctors negligence, we hold the doctor responsible But when over 100,000 farmers die, we do nothing but to apologise!

    One of the unwanted and risky technologies that is being blindly pushed are the Genetically Modified (GM) crops. Instead of first drawing a balance sheet on what has actually gone wrong and where as far as the Green Revolution is concerned, the undue haste in promoting GM crops only raises eyebrow. We all know for sure now that Bt cotton (the first GM crop to be commercialised in the country) was one of the significant
    factors in pushing more and more farmers to commit suicide in Vidharba, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. And yet, no lessons have been learnt. No one has been held accountable…

  6. moryah4 Says:

    And now Australia is one of the latest targets.GM crops are being sold as wonder crops being sold as the wonder crops.

    And very slowly Aussie farmers are starting to buy the baloney.

    That’s why Julie Newman from a farmer from Western Australia set up

    Network Of Concerned Farmers

    This website effectively shows you the money trap companies like Monsanto pull a farmer into and make them bound into strict agreements that result in instant litigation if they are breached.Monsanto have taken some poor hapless farmers to the wall for re-using the seed from a previous year.The goal of these Enron -type comapnies is to make you pay up every year making you a total ‘cash-cow’ for them.
    guess that’s how they make their $8.3 billion US a year under the guise of solving the world’s poverty issues .

    There are networks for concerned farmers groups from Canada and others who have had longer to see the pitfalls of this US led GM domination of the world’s food bowls check out what they have to say.

  7. moryah4 Says:

    Agriculture, Genetically Modified Crops, Farmers Suicides

    …Krishan Bir Chaudhary was visibly stirred while talking about agriculture in India, which makes up the livelihood of 75mil of the population. Particularly infuriating was his discussion on the US multinational corporation Monsanto, who forced the genetically modified Bt Cotton crop on Indian farmers. The crops failed and when insurance companies could not cover the damage to farmers, Monsanto did not offer any compensation. His facts suggested that in 2002 over 90% of the crops failed.

  8. moryah4 Says:

    The industrial agriculture companies, such as Monsanto, can easily gain foreign access through trade agreements potentially installed under the WTO. On an even more emotional note, Krishan Bir shared that in 1 district in India, in 1 month, 76 farmers committed suicide due to indebt ness. This is reflective of the larger problem: hundreds more farmers had the same fate. He ended by saying that, “every country has the responsibility to protect their food security– it is a basic right. The multi-nationals have captured nature, the rights and the security (of people)”.
    There’s no doubt that the hundreds and hundreds of international farmers pounding the streets this week in Hong Kong to protest the WTO agree.
    Dr. Ursula Oswald Spring from Mexico also agreed and she represented the activist group Via Campesina an indigenous peasant movement from SE Mexico, which was born the same day as the NAFTA (free trade agreement) between the United States and Mexico. After a decade of NAFTA, the price of corn has dropped 64%, beans 46%. She noted, “peasants have to sell 5 times the amount of product to generate the same income, it’s not possible”. The rural poverty problem is resulting in migration to the cities and illegal migration to the US. Poverty and lack of employment oppurtunites on the rise also means young people leave.
    A startling figure was that 0.07% of the population in Mexico owns two-thirds of all financial savings of the country; 3 out of 5 of the richest men in the world are Mexican. Although the people of Mexico don’t see any money, Mexico spends 78 billion importing food—this is a country that is the fourth most bio-diverse country in the world (a country where corn, beans, tomatoes originated).
    When the US overproduced genetically modified corn, the country forced it on Mexico using the rights of the NAFTA (free trade agreement). This is a sad irony since Mexico has over 1000 indigenous types of corn (180 biological types). Dr. Oswald Spring suggests that the 78 billion spent on importing food be spent instead on “jobs, infrastructure, livelihoods” in Mexico.
    Lastly, Dr. Vandana Shiva stated that accessing the agricultural sector of trade is the United States prime concern, and is being driven by insatiable agribusiness US corporations such as: Cargill, Monsanto, ConAgra. These huge multinational corporations are driving the liberalization of trade but the blind greed is transparent. Dr. Vandana Shiva posed the question, “Will it be food sovereignty or free trade for Cargill?” Agriculture and free trade cannot co-exist.
    She also highlighted the in-efficiencies of industrial agriculture. Among facts shared was that 10 cal of energy are spent to make 1 cal of food in industrial agriculture. She went on to say that, “There are more inputs, more chemicals, and $400 billion in subsidies. It (industrial agriculture) takes more than it gives”. Indeed, it took the lives of many farmers.

  9. moryah4 Says:

    Canadian farmers warn against GM crops

    Mon Feb 4, 2008

    Terry Boehm farms wheat, barley, lentils and canola on his property in south-east Saskatchewan in Canada’s Mid-west. He’s also the Vice-President of Canada’s National Farmers Union.

    Greenpeace and the Network of Concerned Farmers have brought him here to warn Australian farmers against planting genetically modified canola seeds.

    TERRY BOEHM: It’s not a magic bullet, genetic engineering nor herbicide tolerant crops are not a magic bullet. And farmers might see some short-term, simplification of the production, but that’s all they’ll see.

    Very quickly you will have the whole country contaminated and you do that at your peril in terms of markets.

    ALISON CALDWELL: Terry Boehm says segregation of GM and non-GM crops is impossible and says farmers pay hefty licence fees and royalties for seeds each year or face litigation if they don’t.

    And last but not least he says Australian farmers will lose their export markets if they go ahead with GM canola.

    TERRY BOEHM: Farmers now are forced to largely to sign technology use agreement to pay expensive fees in order to access seeds for their canola production. There is no possibility essentially to grow canola that is non-GE, there is simply are very few known varieties of non-GE canola available and farmers are actually under the threat of legal action frequently if they’re utilising seeds, as farmers always have, saving and reusing seeds. This is forbidden with GE canola. The loss of markets has been another issue that farmers have had to deal with.

    ALISON CALDWELL: The pro-GM lobby here in Australia says it’s rubbish the claims that Canadian farmers have lost markets, that in fact, they claim that Canadian farmers have gained new markets as a result of using GM canola. Is that not true?

    TERRY BOEHM: Well I can’t understand how anyone could make such a claim. The Canadian Government has been lodging actions, in collaboration with the US Government, against the European Union to force them to open up their markets to GE canola. That is clearly a lost market. The Japanese, that’s been an ongoing diplomatic lobbying effort to maintain that market, Canadian farmers have lost markets as a function of wholesale adoption of GE canola.

    TONY EASTLEY: Canadian farmer and vice president of Canada’s National Farmers Union Terry Boehm ending Alison Caldwell’s report.

  10. moryah4 Says:


    1.1 Million Bee Colonies Dead This Year …

    Analysis: What We’ve Learned to Date About Colony Collapse Disorder

    by Kim Flottum
    (May 3, 2008)

    The information provided here was generated by a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America. They took the survey in January and February this year, and in the process, gathered information from 18% of the colonies in the U.S.

    The survey found that about 35% of all the colonies in the U.S. died last winter. Of those that died, 71% died of natural causes, 29% from symptoms that are suspect colony collapse disorder. Doing the math that comes to at least 10% of all the bees in the U.S. last year died of Colony Collapse Disorder. I believe that is a significant number of colonies.

    Unfortunately, the survey had to be conducted early on to get numbers to congress and the surveyers weren’t able to count the bees still under snow banks in the north. Now that the snow has mostly melted, the losses there have been found to be staggering, but it’s not known yet what proportion, if any, died of CCD. In any event, the losses now are estimated, by my survey this week anyway, to be, instead of 35%, closer to 44% of all the U.S. bees died last winter. Again, doing the math, that comes to 1.1 million colonies, just shy of what’s needed for almond pollination next spring. Hmmmm….

  11. moryah4 Says:

    Economic Value Of Insect Pollination Worldwide Estimated At U.S. $217 Billion

    (Sep. 15, 2008)

    — INRA and CNRS French scientists and a UFZ German scientist found that the worldwide economic value of the pollination service provided by insect pollinators, bees mainly, was €153 billion* in 2005 for the main crops that feed the world.

  12. moryah4 Says:



    (Posted Apr 25, 2009 )

    Grain handler Graincorp has announced that genetically modified (GM) varieties of canola will be mixed in with the main crop in this year’s harvest.

    It is one year since the New South Wales and Victorian Governments lifted bans on the commercial growing of genetically modified (GM) canola.

    Last year the GM grains were collected at one site in each state, and kept separate from Australia’s main crop.

    Graincorp’s corporate affairs manager David Ginn says they will be mixed together this year.

    “All canola regardless of the technology that’s used to produce it can go and be binned together,” he said.

    “There will be a separate new non-GM standard that will be segregated for those customers that want non-GM canola.”

    He says last year Graincorp successfully segregated GM canola, in line with standards set by the Australian Oilseeds Federation, but new standards allow the handler to mix the main crop with GM grain.

    Graincorp says farmers who want their crops rated as non-GM will have to pay for testing of their grain.

    Bob Phleps from the Gene Ethics network says the Australian public has been deceived.

    “Governments and the GM industry have been saying all along that they would segregate GM and non-GM canola and it’s very clear that they lied to the public of Australia about this,” he said.

    “There never was any intention to segregate and segregation never could work.

    “Now if we want any segregated non-GM canola, then of course we’re going to have to pay extra for it.”


  13. moryah4 Says:



    Gregor Heard

    ANTI-GM campaigners continue to noisily protest against GrainCorp’s decision to mix genetically modified (GM) canola with conventional canola at some sites, in spite of GrainCorp’s assurance that GM-free segregations will still be offered.
    Gene Ethics director Bob Phelps said there was no longer any pretence GM and non-GM segregations would be maintained.

    “GM companies have lied for 20 years, that GM and non-GM canola could and would be kept separate so farmers, processors and shoppers had GM-free choice,” Mr Phelps said.

    However, GrainCorp corporate affairs manager David Ginns said there was still choice for growers and buyers, under the standards, which he said had been developed in conjunction with the canola industry’s peak body, the Australian Oilseeds Federation.

    “What we will have is the CS 01 segregation, which will include all types of canola and then the non-GM CS 1A.

    “This process has had input from oil processors such as Cargill and Riverland through their involvement with the AOF and has been decided as the most logical way to do it.

    “If markets want non-GM segregations, then they will provide an appropriate pricing signal.”

    However, Mr Phelps claimed there would be too much of a risk of GM contamination for buyers to market the canola as GM-free on the export market for them to offer a premium buying non-GM grain.

    “With the 0.9pc GM material threshold, food processors will be under constant threat of GM contamination and won’t dare to label their products non-GM.”

  14. moryah4 Says:


    (Monday, April 20, 2009)

    A Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded research project, ‘Gene flow in transgenic Roundup Ready (RR) Canola’, will work alongside 20 genetically modified (GM) canola trials, covering 854 hectares, in Western Australia (WA) this season.

    Internationally recognised expert on herbicide resistance in crops and weeds, Professor Stephen Powles, Director of the WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and WAHRI researcher,
    Dr Roberto Busi, will drive the WA component of this five year national project.

    Professor Powles said the GRDC project, which started in eastern Australia in 2008, will begin in WA this year and would address concerns expressed by some about the potential for gene flow from GM Canola to nearby canola crops.

    While gene flow studies have already been completed in imidazolinone tolerant or Clearfield canola, the commercial release of GM RR canola allows the field studies on pollen flow and impacts on weed populations to be completed in a GM situation.

    “Although the Australian Gene Technology Regulator has approved RR canola as safe to humans and the environment, the first field trials of RR canola in WA in 2009 offer a welcome opportunity to more fully understand how GM canola can best be used in WA cropping and to address any lingering community concerns,” he said.

    Professor Powles said that while canola was mostly a self-pollinated crop, cross pollination via insects and/or wind could occur.

    “This new three state, GRDC supported project will fully investigate the potential for gene flow in RR canola and other questions on GM canola,” Professor Powles said.

    The GRDC project is led by Chief Investigators, Professor Rick Roush, The University of Melbourne, Professor Powles, UWA and Associate Professor Chris Preston, The University of Adelaide.

    RR canola has been successfully commercially grown in Canada, USA and Argentina for more than a decade,

    (Oh really ?…and so where have all of the bees disappeared to ???)

    ..but only commenced in Australia in 2008 in NSW and Victoria, where at least 100,000 hectares of RR canola is likely to be grown this year.

    The GRDC’s Dr Andreas Betzner described GM herbicide resistant canola as “another tool in the weed management toolbox” for many growers:

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