August 11, 2015

Bee "colony collapse" is just another enviro-hoax (and David Suzuki fundraising cause)

Rebel Staff

I've been following one particular "eco-scam" for a future years now: The idea that bees are dying at an alarming rate -- and that somehow humans have something to do with it.

Of course, David Suzuki has been fundraising to "fight" the calamity -- except bee colony collapse isn't really happening, any more than man-made global warming.

In fact, a new report shows that the U.S. bee population is the highest its been in 20 years!

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commented 2015-11-18 23:45:58 -0500

Mr Ezra Levant is absolutely correct ! There is NO evidence to suggest a link between neonicotinoid insecticides and bee colony collapse disorder. Neonicotinoid insecticides do NOT harm bees. Bee-keepers are harming bees, and NOT neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoid insecticides, like imidacloprid, are widely used for the control of insect pests in lawns, gardens, ornamental plants, and agriculture. Since 2006, pesticide-hating fanatics, like Suzuki, have falsely alleged that there are so-called links and causes between the neonicotinoid insecticides like imidacloprid and bee colony collapse disorder. However, researchers have NOT been able to identify a single cause of bee colony collapse disorder. The weight of the scientific evidence clearly shows that neonicotinoid insecticides do NOT affect bees. The exposure of bees to neonicotinoid insecticides is at very low levels, far too low to cause harmful effects. Neonicotinoid insecticides will cause NO harm to bees since treated plant tissues contain only tiny amounts of ingredient, bees are NOT feeding on the plants, and pollen contains barely detectable levels. If pesticide-hating fanatics, like Suzuki, were NOT so scientifically illiterate, they would know that scientific research shows that, as reported through EPA’s and Health Canada’s vast toxicology database, NO harm will occur to bees when these insecticides are used properly. Bee colony collapse disorder is the fault of bee-keepers and their mismanagement practices. Bee-keepers are responsible, and NOT neonicotinoid insecticides. Seemingly, bee-keepers are losing their bees over and over again. Why is this madness happening ?!?! Observers have concluded that many bee-keepers have NO idea what they are doing, and are simply NOT skilled to raise bees. Bee-keepers are killing their own bees over and over again. The alleged losses of bees are, in fact, the fault of these bee-keepers and their mis-management practices. The bee-keepers themselves are clearly responsible since they appear to be unable or unwilling or NOT skilled enough to mitigate the real issues that harm bees, such as starvation, weak colonies, fungal infections, and mite infestations. They prefer to remain unproficient at bee-keeping, and expect the government to shower them with vast sums of unjustifiable compensation. When used properly, neonicotinoid insecticides cause NO harm, and do NOT hurt bees. If we had less conventional neonicotinoid use in the environment, we would still have bee colony collapse disorder, because many bee-keepers are NOT competent to manage their hives. Prohibition will NOT save bees. For more information regarding BEES, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site …

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commented 2015-08-13 23:56:49 -0400
I too have oregano in my garden as well as autumn sedium, both of which the honey bees flock to. I have seen no decrease in honey bee activity over the last ten years.
My son SWEARS that GMO crops are killing off the bees and the butterflies.
commented 2015-08-12 15:28:33 -0400
Another David Suzuki fiction. And to anybody who doesn’t know this already. David Suzuki is a pedophile
commented 2015-08-12 10:00:40 -0400
This seems to parallel the polar bear story. CBC ran a feature recently about a polar bear that had remained underwater for 3 minutes because it was so desperate to find seals, and this was noticed by a biologist(?) working it the area. Ultimately this came around to the expected conclusion, the impending doom of the species due to global warming. So I attempted to find stats on polar bear populations and these seemed to depend on which website I visited. From our government websites, it appears to me that the polar bear population is in fact increasing, not decreasing. I wonder if this story needs some exposure to sunlight as well, Ezra?
commented 2015-08-11 16:28:59 -0400
I have grown oregano in my garden for 20 years. Every year the plants bloom and honey bees flock to them. However, in the last few years, the honey bees have disappeared. I still get lots of bumble bees and some kind of much smaller bee, but very few to no honey bees. I live in Western PA.
commented 2015-08-11 13:24:21 -0400
I know where I would like to put some of those bees, and it “ain’t” in a hive, honey!!
commented 2015-08-11 12:44:42 -0400
Odd coincidence … I have a friend who is a bee farmer and asked him how his bees are doing last Saturday. He told me they are doing great and he is getting a bumper honey crop this year!
commented 2015-08-11 11:54:39 -0400
This does remind me of earlier years in science class when we learned that ant colonies rise and fall some times spectacularly. This is no doubt true of every species including man, although we have had the help of science to help stave off major epidemics.
commented 2015-08-11 11:40:47 -0400
The voice of reason will never be heard by the loonie inviro nuts.
commented 2015-08-11 11:30:00 -0400
What a POS, would like to see 1000 bees shoved down Suzukiiiis pants.
commented 2015-08-11 11:05:34 -0400
Though there is a lot of questions, this one video is a strong case for answers:
It shows specifically at 18 minutes our current debate. Suzuki is no dunce, but he grasps for links that are not always truthful.
One thing is good, there will be more tests to help keep this world a healthier place without the loss of other species if possible.
commented 2015-08-11 10:51:41 -0400
As I have mentioned before I find the contrasting reports a little confusing. FA number of years back we heard that killer bees were migrating and overtaking the bee populations that already existed there however the only good news was they were superior honey producers. Then we were told it was a mite that was killing of bee colonies, then it was pesticides and within the last few weeks the push has been on to attribute it to global warming. I would like to see the hard science. I’m open to hypothesis but I also found the video interesting. I live in Eastern Ontario at the moment and I do remember seeing bees in the spring but then they seemed to be absent from my eye for a few months until I started seeing them again a couple of days ago. We also have more mosquitoes then Jimmy Da Silva can shake his stick at but don’t tell him. It might help burn off some of that excess nervous energy). ( Kidding Jimmy).
commented 2015-08-11 10:27:04 -0400
Despite the fact that neonicotinoids are widely used in Canada to protect canola from pests, Canadian bee populations have been largely unaffected and produce around 50 million pounds of canola honey. A large-scale Ontario field study funded by Bayer appears to back up the real life evidence challenging the activist doomsday scenario. It found no difference in colony health between hives exposed to neonics and those that weren’t, in real life conditions. “The doses the bees are exposed to [in lab studies] are far above what a realistic field dose exposure would be,” says Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree, head of the Ontario study. Canadian canola farmers say they have had 10 years of large scale use of neonics on canola with no observed ill effect.
commented 2015-08-11 10:16:11 -0400
I have a friend who’s a beekeeper. Similarly, he takes training from other beekeepers in my area. There has been a 30-50% die-off in the bee population over this past winter. Something has happened, but what?
commented 2015-08-11 10:07:47 -0400
Ezra – thanks for doing this article – something I hear every weekend at the farmers markets is how us evil farmers are killing all the bees! Truth of the matter is that neonics were developed to protect pollinators and replace non targeted insecticides that mass kill all insects that they come into contact with. Neonics are far safer for bees than anything we have ever used in the past. In the example of neonic seed treatments – it is the seeds that are treated – eliminating the need to spray other insecticides to control the likes of corn rootworm or wireworm. If we went back to the old school insecticides we would very likely have a real “beepocalypse” but like you say the population of bees is at a 20 year high.
Interestingly enough the healthiest bees in Canada are in the area were the most bee exposure to neonics happen – in the prairies – where there is huge areas of brilliant yellow canola flowers for bees to forage – almost all treated with neonic insecticides. Here in Ontario neonics are primarily used on corn and soybeans – neither crops attract much bee action as they are low on the “yummy” scale in a bees eyes and offer really no nectar but a bit of pollen. Ontario bees much prefer alfalfa, clover and the like to produce honey where available.

If you follow the money you will find that this “beepocolypse” is not mysterious at all. It was dreamt up by the same folks as the “GMO’s are going to kill you” campaigners. Who stands to gain the most by scaring worried mothers the most about food??

If the answer is not obvious l will give a clue it is a industry that starts with o and ends with c and is 7 letters long.
Let the truth be told..
commented 2015-08-11 09:54:17 -0400
The bees are in such danger of becoming extinct that the apiarists in the Peace River country of Northern B.C. and Alberta are able to over-winter their inventory at minimal loss. Susuki’s only accomplishment is to mysteriously have become a multi-millionaire on the salaries of an university professor and, after being employed as an affirmative action hire, CBC frontman…which is quite the accomplishment.
commented 2015-08-11 08:59:14 -0400
I tell you one thing that neonictonoids are responsible for: lowered testosterone levels in Ontario’s farm organizations.
If they had a pair in the first place, they could have stopped the regulations months ago with the mere threat of protests. Maybe they will do something really daring – like give Wynne a B- when they release their next report card.
commented 2015-08-11 08:38:35 -0400
Neonictonoids are probably responsible for the bee colony collapse in about the same proportion as CO2 is responsible for ‘global warming’. As usual, the Gov’t is over reacting to hysteria and is in the process of banning them. This will result in farmers going back to using much more environmentally dangerous aerosol sprays that kill a lot more than bees. This is almost as crazy as pretending that producing ‘ethanol’ from corn is saving the Planet.
commented 2015-08-11 08:28:54 -0400
Suzuki is preaching to the choir. His chanting followers will donate millions in the name of any enviro-hoax that comes down the pipe because they want to feel that they are important and making a difference to the world. Taking a stand against the latest bogie-man that Suzuki and his staff manufacture makes these ineffectual little people feel that they are on the cutting edge of society, boldly leading the way to a better tomorrow as envisioned by their leader Suzuki. Sadly, the reality is that they are still the same people they were, with no influence, no power, and a lot less money.
commented 2015-08-11 08:11:41 -0400
Communist pigs like PIG SUZUKI use these invented causes to extract cash from idiots that can’t think for themselves.

If PIG SUZUKI were a real scientist, he would already know that scientists would create environments to expand populations – often done in labs and put to test in real environments. Has been going on for years. Have a look youtube if you can’t find an example in the tronto red-star – LMFAO!!!

PIG SUZUKI is selling fear, much like chairman mao, but PIG SUZUKI is just a wash up has-been, not some animal filth with an army.