A Bee Turn

“Despite the conclusions originally drawn by [the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency], their data appear to provide the first clear evidence that colonies of free-flying bumblebees exposed to neonicotinoids used as part of normal farming practice suffer significant impacts in terms of reduced colony growth and queen production.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/uk-drew-wrong-conclusion-from-its-neonicotinoids-study-scientist-says)

The new conclusion has been drawn in more of a bee-line from the results.

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“Scientists on the Global Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides concluded that the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is affecting earthworms, birds and bees and the quality of water and soils. … Bayer and Sygenta [sic] are suing the European Commission to lift its temporary ban on the three neonicotinoids. ‘The Commission must stand form against these bully-buy tactics.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2790530/bees_victory_in_pesticide_battle_bayer_libel_action_dismissed.html)

This is worrying evidence that the toxic effect has already spread to humans.


“More than 23,000 people across the UK took part in the [Great British Bee] count using a smartphone app to log their sightings of 830,000 bees.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/28/first-great-british-bee-count-reveals-allotments-make-best-bee-habitats)

The phone app required each citizen scientist to make a ‘two bee call,’ which suits birds as well as bees.


“Gears are not the only mechanical solutions that were long thought to be unique to human engineering and then found to have been mastered by evolution [the plant hopper Issus coleoptratus has rounded joints that connect its hind legs with a series of tiny intermeshing teeth like cogs]. The screw-and-nut system is another example … in the legs of a weevil beetle. … Honeybees ‘couple the movement of both wings to stabilize their flight by using pegs … like Velcro.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/insect-leg-cogs-a-first-in-animal-kingdom-1.13723)

(Human) Narcissity is Mother Nature’s invention.


“While acknowledging the importance of pollinators, the government’s response also importantly recognises the value to society of food production and the underpinning role pesticides play in that production.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24024634)

The government itself seems to be suffering the disorienting and addictive effects of neonicotinoid ingestion.


“The Woodland Trust in Wales (Coed Cadw) … is offering farmers and other landowners “pollinator packs” of 210 native trees specially selected to provide a food source for [bees and other pollinators].” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Isn-t-it-funny-how-bees-like-trees-f06.aspx)

No need to import bees (Aliens); grow your own. #BzzzzZZZZ#