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Colony Collapse Disorder Continues to Plague Bee Keepers – What Can Be Done About It?
Colony collapse disorder involves the disappearance of large numbers of drone’s from a beehive, leaving the hive susceptible to failure.
This bee affliction has been speculated by many to be caused by a recently introduced family of pesticides called neonicotinoids which are also tied to some dwindling bird populations and whose use is severely restricted in the UK.
Organic agriculture is a possible solution to this problem. Per NaturalNews.com, they believe that the way to stop the continuing reduction of bee populations is to significantly increase and expand organic agriculture practices throughout the US.
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Conventional pesticide-dependent farming systems are committing agricultural suicide
Pollination is how agriculture sustains itself; it’s how it survives. When farming practices disregard the health of nature’s pollinators, then farming starts defeating its own purpose, committing agricultural suicide over time.
Dr. Jessica Shade of The Organic Center said, “Organic farming supports all of agriculture by maintaining and nourishing healthier pollinator communities, through practices such as crop rotations, hedgerow planting and the use of integrated pest management techniques. Our goal is to gain recognition for these important organic practices.”
Industrial agriculture uses insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides liberally without investigating the scientific impact that these chemicals have on soil microbes, water quality, pollinator health or entire ecosystem shifts. For example, an insecticide class known as neonicotinoids is used as both a spray and as a seed coating. These pervasive applications transfer into the crops and end up in the plant’s nectar, poisoning the bees. Instead of poisoning the plant, the bee and the soil microbes, farmers can use organic integrated pest management techniques that control pests while also considering the health of ecosystem in the process.
Organic farming techniques also exclude herbicides. Less herbicide means more wildflowers. These wild flowering plants provide a diverse habitat for pollinators to thrive. Organic farming improves these natural resources, protecting the bees’ native habitat. The biodiversity provides sufficient pollen for the bees to build stronger and more robust hives.
“One of the simplest ways to conserve our pollinator populations in an agriculturally reliant world is through organic farming. Consumers can rest assured that every time they purchase an organic product, they are supporting pollinator health,” said Shade.
Article excerpt and image courtesy of NaturalNews.com