Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder is caused by new pesticides, climate change and monoculture Big Ag: a lethal combo platter guaranteed to handcuff regulation until it’s too late.
Neonicotinoids are manufactured by global chemical concerns who will delay regulation until the damage is irreversibleA new type of pesticide manufactured by the excellent folks at Bayer has been identified by any number of researchers as a major contributor to one of several alarming threats to the global food supply. The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a wide spread and growing bee affliction which has killed bees in the millions over the past five years. In addition to the obvious tragedy linked to another mass species die off, the large scale deaths of honey bee is a direct and immediate danger to agriculture, especially the large scale factor farms that dominate “farming”. An emerging scientific consensus has emerged that points directly at a new class of pesticide called neonicotinoids, which function as immune system depressants in honey bees. This in turn has exposed the bees to parasitic invaders, such as flies that take of the bee’s brains and cause them to behave in a zombee like manner until they die. See previous CatMap coverage Zombee Apocalypse.But the situation is far from simple, as the need for all these pesticides is caused by modern industrial agricultural practices, in particular the deployment of GMO crop methods, which are showing signs of being unsustainable in a number of ways. Because honey bees are particularly complex organisms, other major changes in environment – including and especially global warming* – affect their ability to survive. The complexity of the issue of course works in favor of the lawyers who grow lawsuits as crops, because laying blame on any one source will be impossible. And that’s the way they like it.
* The types of foliage favored by bees are maturing earlier – before the bees are ready for them. In the Western US, glacier lilies are blooming three weeks earlier, causing a mass die off of bumble bees in the region.