What are farmers and people doing to bees and does it affect us as well?
Even though there are many pollinators out there in the world, none of them can compare to the busy bees. A single bee can pollinate 90 to 100 flowers in one day. “If 20,000 bees swarm out of a hive several times a day, approximately 20 million flowers or more are pollinated in a day.” –, Natural Food Company. That’s not taking into account how many flowers are in a bees radius and if they’re safe from predators, most importantly if they’re safe from pesticides.
Bees are a crucial part of our farming system, the farmers plant the seeds, weather happens, and then bees. But what some farmers and people don’t seem to understand is that the pesticides they’re using to kill mites, cockroaches and other things they don’t want, is killing the one thing they really need; Bees. Whether it’s intentional or not, people still use toxic chemicals; and I know some people use it just to keep bugs away from their lawn but what they don’t realize is that they’re harming a local bee population and the people around them.
I can speak from experience; my family had two hives, they were doing well-producing honey and our gardens, especially the tomatoes had never looked better. But our neighbour refused to stop spraying his pesticides, we saw our bee population drop and in those few months, both hives had died. We checked for mites and we did as much as we could to save them but in the end, we knew our neighbour as much as we informed them asked them to stop, never stopped using it; and they only used it to keep bugs away and keep their grass weed-free!
So, I must know are farmers intentionally using pesticide to not only fight other bugs but also bees? When farmers spray bees, they bring the pesticides back to the hive, killing the bee population and contaminating the honey that humans eat. But also the chemicals used on the vegetables we eat, how are the chemically grown vegetables affecting our health?
Even if you have no want or care to help bees at least help yourself by doing research on locally grown non-pesticide and non-GMO farms, by supporting farms like them. You’re also supporting healthy bees and healthy vegetables. So if farmers know they’re using toxic insecticides, pesticides and neonicotinoids then not only is it killing bees but killing us too! The most commonly used pesticide,(our neighbour used this one) Roundup, has Glyphosate in it. “It is the most widely used pesticide worldwide, sprayed on everything from golf courses to home gardens. The chemical is mainly used in agriculture and sprayed on GMO crops like soy, corn, and cotton.” -Bara Vaida. Imagine not only breathing it in, but also eating it. Aaron Blair is a Cancer researcher along with 17 other scientists for the National Cancer Institute and researcher on IARC. They’ve found in 3/4 people a link between Glyphosate and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, it’s a Cancer for the Immune system. Though it’s not especially common in farmers, we’re still eating it. Even in animals near Roundup, there was a link between Glyphosate and a rare kidney and Pancreatic Cancer. Aaron Blair said it is a probable carcinogen.
(A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that promotes carcinogenesis, the formation of cancer.) -Wikipedia
Now the next question is, is there an alternative to pesticides?