Friday, March 29, 2013

Mr. Elected Official: Honeybee Die-Off Worsens; Do You Care?

Hello, is anyone home?

Our honeybees our dying and our pesticide-soaked food supply is in jeopardy. Yet, our elected and appointed officials continue to cater to every financial-based whim of the chemical companies.

A front-page story ("Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms") in today's New York Times (and accompanying video on-line) tells the story. However, for many people, the malady is no mystery: "[B]eekeepers and some researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor."

William Dahle, one such beekeeper, appears in the video and seems very, very confident about the genesis of the die-off, which he compares to the death of the canary in the coal mine.

"When honeybees dies off, it's serious," Dahle says. "They are coming up with new insecticides all the time and they seem to be detrimental to everything we do."

Here is the video story, which I hope some honest elected and appointed officials watch. (If you are receiving The Delicious Truth via email, click here to watch.)

Don't think the bee die-off doesn’t concern all of us. From the article:

"Nor is the impact limited to beekeepers. The Agriculture Department says a quarter of the American diet, from apples to cherries to watermelons to onions, depends on pollination by honeybees. Fewer bees means smaller harvests and higher food prices."

Click here to read the entire article.

Click here to learn more about die-off, courtesy of Pesticide Action Network.

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