Monday, February 7, 2011

Einstein Was Right - Honey Bee Collapse Threatens Global Food Security

The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food security. 

Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.
These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.
The story of "colony collapse disorder" (CCD) is already well-known to readers of The Daily Telegraph.
Some keep hives at home and have experienced this mystery plague, and doubtless have strong views on whether it is caused by parasites, or a virus, or use of pesticides that play havoc with the nervous system of young bees, or a synergy of destructive forces coming together.
The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high in real terms (not just nominal) and grain shortages trigger revolutions in the Middle East, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our already thin margin of food global security.
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  1. say, hows that depression coming along?

  2. Are we here yet or what? Everyone said we'd have collapsed 6 months ago. And then 6 months before that, etc.

  3. 1:48 and 2:19, follow the blog you can see how its going , like the 43 millions on food stamps the 12 million vacant homes, the unemployment rate at 22%. 64 million empty chinese homes, the erosion of the dollar daily, the mass closing of stores, the inflation on food, the ascent of all commodities, the riots worldwide..are you that blind and senile or just a stupid old man behind a computer screen?

  4. 2:47: I'm waiting for it to actually be noticed by main stream America and for an actual admission of the problem. Nothing will change as long as everyone pretends we're not in one.

    So far we've been in a staying pattern for a couple of years now. We have been in a Depression since at least 2007.

  5. Depression set in with Obama. Before that we were in deep economic crisis.

  6. I live in a "Manufactured Home" community. Some still call it a "Trailer Park". I really don't care what you call it. I am intelligent (I know how to use a spell checker and I KNOW THERE IS NO SUCH WORD AS "NOONE" when the writer really meant "no one", my God are we in trouble...

    My community has 220 homes. Roughly 25% of these homes are abandoned or repossessed. Not far from me is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, home about 1,000 square feet. When it first hit the market the owner asked $25,000. A short time later the price was $22,000. Now the price is $16,000.00. It has a snowball's chance in hell of selling!

    Oh yea, we are in really good shape economically!

    Every day when I drive home from work (I was unemployed for 2.5 years) I see the same guy, working the off ramp, holding his "Homeless, God Bless" sign. I'll bet this guy pulls in more cash than I do for my 8 hour day! I can't go anywhere without getting hit up for money by some desperate person. I have seen a young woman with a toddler all over town. She speaks no English, so she can only hold up a sign asking for money. I'll guess she is a Middle Eastern Arab woman. We have a huge Islamic Center near by, I guess they will not help their own people.

    You bettcha, we're in great shape in this good 'ol USA!

  7. A foreigner says.
    Ah ,the benefits of living in the 'richest country in the world" after a couple of hundred years of capitalist “anti-socialism” and fighting against the “socialist” government backed housing supply systems in the ‘socialist” rich countries of Social Democracy, like in the rich countries of Europe.
    The rich now live in their own communities ‘gated” to keep the cockroaches out.

    What % of the american people are actually poor people referred to as "trailer Trash" just like old “Okkies” running away from the dust bowls during the last depression and are not living in government mortgaged and therefore government owned ,Mac Mansions at all?

    I have read 40%?
    I have read also that government now owns 90 % of all mortgage notes after accepting the losses on all the Fannie and Freddy and sub prime subsidized fraudulent bankster loan systems. Government Housing but with any profits still going to the banksters?

    6.44 says in the middle of a politically correct ,typical amerikan ,anti Arab and anti Islam rave of the Zionist type . Of course a lot of the housing settlements in Israel are actually financed by American charities and government aid to finance Israel colonialism . While there are no longer colonialist settlers free land grants in America .

    “I'll guess she is a Middle Eastern Arab woman. We have a huge Islamic Center near by, I guess they will not help their own people”.
    Right on Amerikan Bro !Stick it up em for America!

    If you see something, say something, the suspect "islamic" beggar may be a secret terrorist spy !!!
    Americans are not happy talking even about housing or unemployment problems unless they can engage in a bit of an obligatory anti-brown people ,anti Arab or anti Hispanic rave ,as a distraction from their own problems.

    It helps them to feel superior as they believe they live in there trailer camps in ‘the richest and best country in the world” in the best of all free trade worlds.

    Anyway it seems a lot of Americans are losing their own housing unable to make their housing payments or pay the rent . As America is being transformed into a Third world economy.

    6.44 Reports for “Trailer Trash News ”on American community life.

    “My community has 220 homes. Roughly 25% of these homes are abandoned or repossessed. Not far from me is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, home about 1,000 square feet. When it first hit the market the owner asked $25,000. A short time later the price was $22,000. Now the price is $16,000.00. It has a snowball's chance in hell of selling!’

    What ?
    The debt ridden “Trailer trash “in the land of the free can’t afford or can not get even get credit for $16,000?

    Without a First Home Buyers government “socialist” credit subsidy now ?

    “I guess they will not help their own people”.

    And They are having their trailers repossessed at a 25% rate ?

    It must be caused by the brown people stuffing up a good trailer housing system.

    I hope they can get food stamps and unemployment benefits as street people after they leave their trailers with a sheriff’s escort.

    And do not have to rely on American Christian Charity,if as “I guess they will not help their own people”. But will only demand “Austerity” for the “deadbeat”, now without a credit supply ,street people ,lazy failures too.

  8. Another scientific theory on the collapse of bee colonies is the influence of mobile phones frequencies upsetting the bees navigation abilities.

    However ,as this is a Trillions of dollar industry, research reporting the electro magnetic effects on humans using these phones or even on bees may be actively suppressed or the facts scientifically distorted by the industries paid for scientists ,as in the Global elites use of the UN and National Science Acadamies for distributing faked up science “facts” useful for "Global warming" tax scam promotions.

    Bees it appears use the Earth’s magnetic field to help them both position themselves and navigate. To do this, they have magnetic materials in their heads, thoraxes and abdomens. (3) These particular magnetic materials can be re-magnetised by a stronger magnetic field (it is one way of making magnets). Once magnetised this stronger field will remain. Subsequently, their particular directional finding mechanisms can inadvertently misdirect them.
    And :
    Quote ; “Orientation and Navigation of Bees may be disturbed by man-made electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields.
    Dr Warnke, May 2007.
    The conclusions of the research of other scientists and of my own research result in the following statement:
    1. The outer skin, or integument, of bees (and bird feathers) has semi conductive and piezoelectric functions.
    2. This means they act as a transducer of pulse modulated high frequency microwave fields into an audio frequency range. Certain parts of the structure of the integument function as dielectric receptors of electromagnetic radiation in the microwave region.
    3. The presence of magnetite nanoparticles has been demonstrated in the abdomen of bees. Magnetite is an excellent absorber of microwave radiation at frequencies between 0.5 and 10.0 GHz through the process of ferromagnetic resonance. Pulsed microwave energy absorbed by this process is first transduced into acoustic vibrations (magneto acoustic effect)…etc.etc
    The early Marx ,in the pre Darwin philosophical work “The German Ideology” for example ,spoke of the historical development of our own PARTICULAR historically evolved species senses, that enabled us to be and survive as humans and of the later development of our own social language communications as “practical consciousness that exists also for other men”, as an evolved social product of the necessarily cooperative, social ,material relations of the human species, allowing species survival and later human development .

    But, some different animal species like bees have evolved their own different navigation and orientation and communication systems and senses differently than man, who himself relates to the environment and the other members of society with his own particular set of specialized senses and specific abilities of communication and his other social skills including thinking and analytical skills ,logic etc.

    Animal practices that man may not earlier have been aware of ,or understand before suitable technology was developed that supplemented our natural senses abilities.
    E.G sound equipment recording different sound frequencies used by whales for communication and by using modern scientific methods of analysis of that .

    Similarly , like how birds orientated themselves for intercontinental migrations or whales and elephants communicating with each other with sound frequencies inaudible to mans own ears. Bats using Sonar etc.

    And bees using electro-magnetism.

  9. 10:56 amazing article you wrote.

  10. 8:58

    You did not read the comment very clearly.

    The 25% rate included abandoned homes. Of all the vacant homes in the community, three are repossessed.

    If you knew anything at all about banking, you would know that banks do not make $16,000 loans for anything other than cars. It costs the same for a bank to process the application for a $16,000 loan as it would a $100,000 loan.

    I read your comments and you suggested the Problem was caused by "brown people". You are actually quite correct. The neighborhood is 99% brown, or more specific, Mexican. The facts are clear, the zip code of this neighborhood is almost exclusively Latino. It takes no effort to look up a local school and get the stats for the student body, you would then find that the average school in this zip code has a 97% Latino, student population. You can even find out the percentage of kids on the free lunch program and it generally matches the percentage of Latino kids. Yes, some of kids on the free lunch program are not Latinos, so you can keep your toxic comments to yourself.

    Again, it's not a racial bias, it's simply a fact, most of the Latinos in this zip code, even if they are legal residents of the USA, posses little or no marketable skills and therefore they will always be living in poverty and dependent on social services. The again is fact, not bias. When was the last time you heard Obozo talking about deporting all those "illegals" back to Mexico? This is the greatest country on earth, even in the worst of times, why do you think our southern border is constantly being crossed by poor, unskilled, barely educated people from every country south of the USA? I have never read a story of a Mexican doctor or dentist crossing to El Norte for a better life in the USA.

    As for the "middle eastern woman", assuming she is a Muslim woman, do you think the local Baptist church is going to help her, without first telling her how she needs to be Born Again and accept Jesus are her personal Lord a Savior?

  11. the first poster who said their waiting for the mainstream people -I'm thinking they meant media-to acknowledge it made me laugh..thanks, it's good to laugh :))


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