Globalism & Pesticides Are Behind Massive Honeybee Die-Off, Bayer Study Confirms

Authored by Squawker

Despite Big Agriculture claiming for years that their pesticides only kill pests, a report published in late June in the Journal Science proved what many people have suspected for years: the type of pesticides that Bayer pioneered, known as neonicotinoids, are responsible for diminishing numbers of honeybees.

“Two studies, conducted on different crops and on two continents … find that bees near corn crops are exposed to neonicotinoids for 3 to 4 months via nontarget pollen, resulting in decreased survival and immune responses, especially when co-exposed to a commonly used agrochemical fungicide.” the report said.

The studies even found neonicotinoid residue inside of hives where no chemicals had been used nearby. The study also noted that the presence of these insecticide residues was correlated with fewer queen bees in the hives and fewer egg cells in solitary bees nests.

This comes on the heels of the United States placing the rusty patched bumblebee on the endangered species list earlier this year.

This is especially troubling, because bees are responsible for pollinating nearly 75 percent of all crops grown for human and animal consumption worldwide.

And US honeybee colonies have been on a steady decline for the last four decades, as this chart illustrates:

However, perhaps the major contributing factor to not only the threats facing the honeybee but also many other species of plants and animals is the threat of globalization. A 2012 report in the journal Nature noted the following:

“Here we show that a significant number of species are threatened as a result of international trade along complex routes, and that, in particular, consumers in developed countries cause threats to species through their demand of commodities that are ultimately produced in developing countries. We linked 25,000 Animalia species threat records from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List to more than 15,000 commodities produced in 187 countries and evaluated more than 5 billion supply chains in terms of their biodiversity impacts. Excluding invasive species, we found that 30% of global species threats are due to international trade.”

This map shows the species threat hotspots caused by US consumption. The darker the color, the greater the threat caused by the consumption. The magenta color represents terrestrial species, while the blue represents marine species.
Credit: Daniel Moran and Keiichiro Kanemoto

While the Donald Trump presidency has placed the spotlight on the ways in which globalist policies have harmed the economies of the US as well as many other countries in the developed world, we tend to overlook the ways in which the demand for cheaper and more goods from the developing world harm our environment.  Indeed, the Trump era has ushered in a demand not only for political decentralization, but also for the decentralization of our media, our currencies, and now our food supply as the damage of agricultural centralization becomes apparent. Our demand for 99 cent hamburgers has taken us to the edge of total ecological collapse, and at this point it is unclear if the damage is irreversable.

An interesting development over the last few years has seen large cities in the US most acutely ravaged by globalist policies, such as Detroit and Baltimore, turning derilect buildings within the city into multiacre urban farms as a solution to growing food insecurity within these deindustrialized urban centers. Urban flight from these cities over the years has facilitated the use of large swaths of the city to satiate demand for locally produced fresh produce, and has led to the growth of many year-round farmers markets that have helped to increase food security in these areas while decreasing dependence on these global agribusiness cartels. It seems that some of the Districts in our Hunger Games society are attempting to gain independence from the Capital.

Urban farms, such as this one in Baltimore, have increased food security in cities that have been hit hard by globalism and free trade.

Certainly, as we have noted before in previous columns, we are living in an era where massive change is taking place in almost every sphere of human activity. Right now is the critical juncture in which we will decide whether power will be returned to the people, or will be further consolidated into the hands of those who wish to micromanage every aspect of the human and natural world for their own private gain. The fight for control over the food supply is just one of many battlegrounds in this war for the future of the planet and our lives. Growing public awareness about the dangers of these pesticides as well as GMOs, and an increased demand for locally produced organic agriculture are signs that the public is waking up and understanding the great peril that agricultural centralization poses to not only our health, but the health and wellbeing of our entire planet.


wildbad Jayda1850 Tue, 07/11/2017 - 03:07 Permalink

Bayer was one of five companies created during the Nuremberg Trials when they broke up E.G Farben, the makers of Cyclone B.

The gassers of the jews is now the gasser of the Honey Bees.

I will not weigh in on what is worse but Einstein calculated that without honey bees humanity had only four years left.

I don't know whether he did any jewish studies.

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Manthong wildbad Tue, 07/11/2017 - 03:32 Permalink

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Dow Glyphosphate…Um Um Um. Cyngento ..Monsanto Um Um Um. Bayer Dow Corning Um Um Um C8 in Teflon Um Um Um   Damn. It looked so good back then in the boonies.

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. . . _ _ _ . . . HRClinton Tue, 07/11/2017 - 04:28 Permalink

"Bayer used to be a good company."When was this?They trademarked heroin in 1898.They made chemical weapons and poison gas in WW1.They were involved in making Zyklon B in WW2.They have participated in human experiments during WW2.They have scammed Medicaid, and have been involved in bribery scandals.They supress scientific information and have participated in unlicensed exports.They have used false advertising and mislabeled products.They have created antibiotic-resistant bacteria.Their birth control pills have killed many women.They have made toxic pesticides and dump waste illegally.They have abused their workers for decades over health, safety, and rights issues.Not to mention infecting haemophiliacs with HIV and hepatitis C.There is a lot more...Read up on Bayer here.PS. Children's aspirin is UNSAFE.

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. . . _ _ _ . . . malek Tue, 07/11/2017 - 16:07 Permalink

1) I wrote children's aspirin is unsafe, not aspirin. Bayer acknowledges that for kids under three years of age, but doesn't mark it on their label in some developing countries.2) I never claimed that those were safe or safer, in fact, I did not mention them at all. Don't put words in my mouth.3) Your lack of literacy is showing through.

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malek . . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 07/11/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

So basically you are insinuating that the term "baby aspirin" (not children's aspirin) is one that Bayer either maliciously invented or at least nefariously accepts to be used by others. I have seen claims that the term was introduced to indicate the smaller dose of aspirin in such a pill - but that could be a conspiracy.

I'm shocked, shocked!

Anybody who gives their child under 3 years of age medicine made for older people /without asking their doctor first/ in general needs their head examined.
However to derive from that we need more warning labels along the lines of "don't dry cat in microwave" just shows another type of US brainwashing in you.

Oh, and lack of literacy - yeah right.

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stilletto2 Ahmeexnal Tue, 07/11/2017 - 05:37 Permalink

From the study summary in 'science':'Overall neonicotinoid residues were detected infrequently and rarely exceeded 1.5 ng g?1 (w/w). As such, direct mortality effects caused by exposure to high concentrations of neonicotinoids are likely to be rare (table S12). However, our results suggest that exposure to low levels of neonicotinoids may cause reductions in hive fitness that are influenced by a number of interacting environmental factors. Such interacting environmental factors can amplify the impact of honey bee worker losses'So not conclusive. One of the 3 studies found no harm and possibly enhanced bee survival when exposed to Neo-nics.  Also studies were not comparable as different fungicides were used on control plantings. All in all. No conclusive evidence in studies so far as they state that bee survival is 'influenced by a number of interacting environmental factors.'More research required -no conclusions yet but the language of study report shows a deep prejudice that they want to find neo-nics guilty. 

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Nobody stilletto2 Tue, 07/11/2017 - 07:55 Permalink

To add to your side to this issue:…
This researcher has been studying this issue for over 8 years. No corporate money has been used. His findings show that the level of neonicotinoids in the sprayed plants have decreased to levels below EPA base of 25ppb by the time that flowering starts.
There are agricultural issues that should scare you, this is not one of them.

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Gardentoolnumber5 Tue, 07/11/2017 - 01:48 Permalink

I've always wondered how these elite people who believe they will survive an atomic exchange or some other catastrophe via the frozen bunker will account for the loss of the bee population? Unfreeze their bees? I don't think they've thought it all through.

floosy Tue, 07/11/2017 - 01:50 Permalink

Who knew? Spraying a chemical cocktail all over the place fucks up the eco system. PS I suspect the manufactuerers and their government sponsors knew all along.

ludwigvmises Tue, 07/11/2017 - 01:57 Permalink

Hmm The headline seems inaccurate. The nature article says globalism is behind the reduction in the overall number of species on earth, but NOT behind the dying off of the bees. 

MaxThrust Tue, 07/11/2017 - 02:28 Permalink

I sometimes wonder also about what the elite will think when they emerge from their bunkers after the global holocaust.Looking out to the horizon of dead trees, no bird or insect life no green at all. [except for all the money they have made]

. . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 07/11/2017 - 02:32 Permalink

1) Why is the US blank on the map?2) What does the green area represent?3) "...and evaluated more than 5 billion supply chains in terms of their biodiversity impacts." I call bullshit on this one.4) ELF radiation also has a significant effect on bee populations. I suppose it'll be another 15 years before serious studies are done on this phenomenon, if ever.5) Why don't we ever do these studies BEFORE they cause these harmful effects?6) Are legislators going to ban these substances, and if so, when? *holds breath in futility*7) Author might want to redo those image links.

b-sugar . . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 07/11/2017 - 03:59 Permalink

I love dumb fucks like you, who like making lists to impress but once you get into it half the questions are stupidity and the other half just lack of research. btw, the map shows the species threat hotspots caused by US consumpter. The darker the color the greater the thread. magenta color represents terrestrial and blue marine species. see how i've answer 4 just with a google? 

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b-sugar . . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 07/11/2017 - 04:35 Permalink

Yeah, english is not my native languague, let's point at that instead of content. ;)Alright now;1) Why is the US blank on the map?This map shows the species threat hotspots caused by US (if you still have problems with this one, i'll help you out don't worry)2) What does the green area represent?I know it's hard but the beautiful little drawing has some information on the bottom left, if you read it, you will know what the colors mean, once again, i'll help with the colors.  3) "...and evaluated more than 5 billion supply chains in terms of their biodiversity impacts." I call bullshit on this one. (nice argument btw) 4) ELF radiation also has a significant effect on bee populations. I suppose it'll be another 15 years before serious studies are done on this phenomenon, if ever.Cuba has done it and shared in 2003 with the IARC, but nevermind, you don't care about facts 5) Why don't we ever do these studies BEFORE they cause these harmful effects?WHAT THE FUCK are you talking about? Just because you don't look shit up or ZH don't repost it does not mean it's non existant. Have you ever see the RAPID program made by the WHO and published by the EMF on ELF bioeffects? That was in 1998... So much more work done since. The rest is just retards statements, so i'll jump over them. 

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