During May of 2013, Time Magazine reported about the Beepocalypse where honeybee populations had gone down dramatically for unknown reasons. It was later determined that bees as a whole were being negatively affected by neonicotinoid pesticides in which the Europe Union and Ontario, Canada and (most recently) the US EPA took steps to restrict if not outright ban their use.
Two news reports out recently state that bee populations are surging considerably. The Washington Post states that honeybee colonies are at a 20 year high with, according to the USDA, bee populations on the rise since 2006. The populations grew when beekeepers experienced a drop in bee populations moat likely due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). As a result, beekeepers would separate hives and purchase new queens or new hives in general so as to help spurn bee growth.
Margaret Wente published an op-ed in Canada’s Globe and Mail stating that her country’s government agency Statistics Canada revealed that last year over half a million bee populations produced $200 million worth of honey. Even in Ontario where neonic pesticides are banned, bee survival rates are on the rise despite a die off from harsh winter weather. Despite this news and the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization reporting world wide bee populations are at record levels, Ms. Wente says the Sierra Club of Canada still insists that pesticides are decimating bee populations.
Banning or restricting pesticides is just another manner environmentalists use to attack mankind’s food supply. This in addition to lies they tell about other life-saving and sustaining products (like genetically modified crops and vaccines) is tantamount to a war on humans and our way of life. It does not help anything that they can maneuver through political bureaucracies and convince politicians to ban or restrict substances based on politicized scientific manuscripts like what was attempted in the European Union last year and probably Canada too. However, the green’s intent is clear if one understands the context of their activities with regard to pesticides and a host of other issues.