Originally published, June 17, 2015
Eddie: “I have no memory of ever being bit by any kind of bee.”
Slim: [interjecting] “Were you?”
Over the past year as I have completed a nearly eleven month long project of home restoration, I began to note something I had never witnessed before – not to the degree I have seen now – dead bees laying on the ground. Sometimes there is just one, sometimes several – and even on one occasion – several dozen.
Six days from the date I am posting this commentary, I will remember the one year anniversary of the day I moved into my son’s home and began the restoration project, which culminated into a very profitable sale to one very happy family – but now I am back in the home which I call, “the wife’s.”
It has been five weeks since my return, and although I was on my yearly Viet Nam buddies sabbatical for a week with Brother Ray and our friend Leonard – I am now home – and the dead bees are noticeable everywhere. Today it was 111 degrees at about five o’clock p.m. – and I decided to go for a swim. It was refreshing and as I got out of the pool – I was not paying attention – and got stung by a dead bee.
What is causing all of this? Why now? There are many columns all over the internet asking the same questions – and as many trying to answer the question. As for me – I believe that products such as Monsanto’s ‘Round-Up’ have a lot to do with it.
From a GizModo column, Bees Are Dying and We’ll All Pay for It we read;
Bee colonies are still dying, and food may get more expensive as a result.
Beekeepers in the U.S. lost 42.1 percent of their bee colonies between April 2014 and April 2015, according to a recent annual survey. Those losses continue a trend of die offs among bee colonies, which beekeepers say could drastically affect our food supply.
Without bees to pollinate crops, we stand to lose many staple foods that we eat every day, from apples and tomatoes, to onions and berries.
Researchers think CCD is the product of an unfortunate combination of pesticides, parasites, pathogens, and nutritional problems caused by less diversity and availability of sources of pollen and nectar.
Do your own research. I for one have noted the cost of all berries up at least 12% since last year – and I believe that the worst is yet to come.
In 2007 I replaced about 500 feet of fencing, and my first task was to pull off all the plastic hot wire insulators from the old posts. I was a bit surprised because at least 1/3 of these plastic pieces had bees in the cavity, and I never got stung once. The bees would drop to the ground and start walking about… they did not fly away.
My girlfriend had passed away the year before, and she was a big fan of using RoundUp and 7Dust around the property. To this day I wonder if these products contributed to her pancreatic cancer and/or to the strange behavior of the bees.
Jeff, i worked Pediatric’s when i first graduated. A 4 year old little boy go a drop of “”Round up on his lip’s” Grandpa had pt in a coke bottle! The child never had a chance, died within day’s! NWO ” Satanical Pscho puppit fool’s like Biden, Obama and the rest are all Zombified Puppet’s! FOOL’s! Satan control’s thie EVIL mind’s!
I loved the hole in the White House!