This is pretty serious stuff. Bayer might be about to overturn the EC’s decision to ban the pesticides implicated in killing off the bees! If they win this case, it could be truly disastrous for both the bees and our own future. Please share, and please see the SumOfUs link (no affiliation) to make a donation to help the campaign to save the bees.
Early in 2013, the European Food Safety Authority stated that three specific neonicotinoid insecticides (imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam) pose an acute risk to honeybees, and the European Commission proposed a two-year ban on them.
This is due to go into effect on Dec 1st – and the ban was introduced because of mounting scientific evidence that these insecticides, produced by Syngenta and Bayer, have been the agents responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder – a major problem threatening both the bees and the safety of our own food supply!
However in a horrifying twist, and despite huge public opposition, Syngenta and Bayer are now suing the European Commission over their “right” to continue to produce the pesticides which have been implicated in the massive die-off of millions of bees. Yes, their “right”. Because as we know, corporations’ sole agenda is to make money. They cannot let a trivial thing like nature get in their way.
These insecticides continue to be produced and used on a vast scale in the USA and in other countries and are huge moneymakers for the chemical corporations.
Do these people even care? Surely, given the severity of the potential consequences, these poisons should now be considered unsafe until proven safe, not the other way round! In the minds of many, there is no doubt that they are the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, but a two year ban will surely provide the necessary proof. If the colony collapses cease, then we will know for sure that it was the insecticides. So, why is Bayer so frightened? Do they fear that the two year ban might indeed prove that their insecticides are the cause, and that it will thus lead to a global moratorium?
History has shown repeatedly that pesticide manufacturers will pull out all the stops to keep their hideous toxins legal for as long as possible. They are old pros at ramming their agenda through the political system – and they mean business.
One of the things we keep on hearing is “If the bees go, we go too” but although this has a lot of truth to it, to be honest I find this attitude selfish and egocentric. Bees are lovely, amazing creatures! Does it not matter whether they die out regardless of whether this will affect your own personal chances of survival? (And yes, they are an essential part of the production of around 1/3 of our food. Without them, we have a huge, huge problem.)
Have we become so lost and blinded by greed that we can no longer appreciate the majesty, mystery and beauty of nature?
It is this that I believe we must not lose sight of. The modern “corporate mindset” has attempted to dismiss nature as something superfluous, mechanical and irrelevant to their insane goal of making money regardless of the consequences. They have reduced nature with their “science” to machine status – declaring it to be an apparently random “accident” with no more soul than a giant automaton; and therefore (well, how very convenient!) they are “permitted” to exploit it as they please. Because nature, according to them, feels no true pain and is somehow less alive than we are.
Do not for one minute think that I am anti-science: Far from it. It is just that what the corporate lunatics call “science” is not science at all – it is technology. They hide behind the moniker of science as if it gives them some kind of holy sanction – but corporate technologists are NOT scientists! They have no actual interest in truth at all! They are simply driven by their bosses’ need for “marketable products” and will exploit the system by whatever means they possibly can in order to get their way.
This soulless agenda is a monstrosity of the very worst kind imaginable – and is ultimately based on a confused set of ideals regarding the true nature of wealth. While some might argue that the true nature of wealth is a bank account with a string of ten zeros piled up in a row behind a one, I counter this idiotic notion in full seriousness. What good is all the money in the world if there is no nature? How rich will you be when there is no pure air, no pure water and no pure food? How will all the money in the world help you if there is nothing left to eat that is not a mutated pile of toxic, chemicalized garbage? Or do you not care, so long as it happens to someone in another hemisphere first and you still get your slice of (plastic-wrapped, artifically-flavored) pie?
You might think I am out on a rant but it really is this serious: If we permit the death-dealing, tyrannical corporate forces to take over our world, the world itself will go dark and we will enter a matrix-like existence where you and I will end up chipped, owned, operated and fully subsumed by the machine. It won’t be fun.
Killing important, wonderful creatures like bees is not just a tragedy, it is a crime of the very highest order. They are simply not ours to exploit. We are supposed to be their guardians, not their destroyers!
Do you want to live in a world without nature? Do you? This is what is at stake, so please do something… thank you.
Here is the link (no affiliation) to the campaign from SumOfUs (a registered 501(c)4 non-profit) where you can donate to support the bees. Please help in whatever way you can, and thank you:
ps. Another thing you can do is to plant flowers that bees love. Here is a short list:
Asters, Borage, Buddleia, Calliopsis, Clover, Cosmos, Crocuses, Dahlias, Foxglove, Geraniums, Heathers, Hollyhocks, Hyacinth, Mahonia, Marigolds, Poppies, Roses, Sedums, Snowdrops, Sunflowers, Viper’s Bugloss, Zinnias.
This threw up a few red flags when some of the links led to wiki pages but I looked up the lawsuit and it seems to be legit. Bayer is trying to lift the ban on pesticides that have been linked to the death of millions of bees in Europe. This is, unquestionably, terrible enough on its own, because bees are amazing little insects and deserve all our love, but if all the bees in the world go extinct, human life as we know it will change drastically. Produce will virtually cease to exist. That is a big freaking deal.
Bees get a pretty bad rap, but honestly? The scary, stingy things you’re afraid of? Most likely wasps. Bees, particularly honeybees and bumblebees, are just these fluffy little cuddle balls that fly around and pollinate stuff. They won’t sting you unless you’re a direct threat to them, because if they sting you, they’ll die. Don’t be scared of bees. Be scared for bees.
I’ve done as much looking around as I can because I know Tumblr is a cesspool of misinformation, and this looks as legit as it gets. Please tell people, sign the petition, and donate if you can.
And in the meantime, if you’re a gardner, please try to encourage bees to come to your garden. You can use the tips listed here. There’s also some information about different kinds of bees you might run into, in case you’d like to learn more about bees and why they’re wonderful.
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