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Old Today, 04:18 PM
 
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We have a friend who is one of those pr people for an international oil and chemical company. Years ago he had to explain why an agricultural product was being banned in the USA. It made men sterile. The company then sent sent it to Brazil. It came back to us via coffee.
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Old Today, 04:19 PM
 
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How many bees are there on the planet, right now?

What's the lifespan of a bee? Ten years? Five? One? Six months?

Within that time span, pretty much ALL THE BEES IN THE WORLD will drop dead.

Reproduction saves the species, of course.

But what's the big hooraw over finding a bunch of dead bees?
Their life span depends on the kind of work they do. Some 8 weeks. Some, much longer. If they mate with the queen, not long at all.
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Old Today, 04:31 PM
 
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The bulk of the problem we had with the US bee death event was discovered to primarily be related to varrora mites and the viruses they carry, not pesticides. That means ironically it was the lack of pesticides for a specific class of pests that caused the huge die off of bees in the US, which we have rebounded from once we finally isolated the true cause rather than focusing on emotion driven rants of how humans are destroying everything with pesticides and GMOs.

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There is an interesting, would be almost humorous story if it wasn't so sad, about the ecology in China long ago.

In 1950's China sparrows are seen in the crops feasting on the bounty. It had always been a farming issue in the past but now the country was struggling with poor yields and a burgeoning population and it was decided that this one remedy might improve things by some percentage. The government declared a 'war on the sparrow' and there was a mad rush to snare and kill as many of the varmints as possible. The farmers went after the nests for the most part, a most effective method.

Actually, while it is true the birds were eating grain much of what the various birds were eating was insects they would delicately pick out of the crop. They ate an enormous amount of insects.

The result was a plague of locusts and a nationwide famine. Many millions of people starved to death.
Dont birds eat locusts too?
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Old Today, 08:55 PM
 
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I'm assuming from the article that this is referring to commercially-kept honey bees. Actually, keeping honey bees in artificially high numbers is not good for the environment and is not the natural state of things. This often damages the local native bee populations.
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