First, the not so encouraging News out of China and it's less than ethical practices in pursuit of Industrial Agriculture
|Photojournalist Kevin Frayer / Getty Images|
He Meixia, a 25-year-old farmer, pollinates each blossom on a
pear tree by hand in the Sichuan province, China
Some interesting historical reference links:
The Red Chinese Cultural Revolution science-based legacy for the elimination of worthless Sparrows and the domino effect we have today in Nature
And if you think such scientific ignorance & arrogance is limited to China and a thing of the past, think again:
"Chinese peasants were encouraged to shoot sparrows out
of the sky during the Four Pests Campaign"
Fast Forward to Modern Times & Sparrows are in sharp decline all over the globe
Yeah, you're not the only one. We can't believe the pervasive apathy either Mr Sparrow!
Climate Changes brought on by rising CO2 levels reduce protein in crucial pollen source for bees
|Photo by Ivar Leidus|
Quotes from the Purdue University article
"Researchers found that the overall protein concentration of goldenrod pollen fell about one-third from the onset of the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century."
"Previous studies have shown that increases in carbon dioxide can lower the nutritional value of plants such as wheat and rice -- staple crops for much of the global human population -- but this study is the first to examine the effects of rising CO2 on the diet of bees. "
"Native bee species and honeybees rely on flowering plants for energy and nutrition. While nectar is the primary energy source for bee colonies, pollen is the sole source of protein for bees. Pollen is essential for the development of bee larvae and helps maintain bees' immunity to pathogens and parasites."Of course all along some have assured us that trees, shubs and most other plants will benefit by the higher levels of CO2s. The reasoning of course was that plants breathe CO2s while exhaling oxygen. The reverse opposite of us and other animals. And what about the effects on us if plants nutrition goes down ? That's okay, the biotechs say they will fix all the seeds. Funny, not one of them has clue one about how to reverse climate change, but they know how to counter it. They also refuse to admit they are a huge part of the bigger problem which brought us climate change.
""The impact of carbon emissions on the nutritional value of our food supply is something people need to be aware of. This issue isn't just relevant to honeybees and people -- it will probably affect thousands or even millions of other plant-eating species around the world. We don't yet know how they'll deal with it."
Not exactly new findings. Here is a study from the Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science in 2014
THE IMPACT OF THE NUTRITIVE VALUE OF POLLEN ON THE DEVELOPMENT, REPRODUCTION AND PRODUCTIVITY OF HONEY BEE (APIS MELLIFERA L.)
Using bees to help deliver biological control agents to eliminate crop diseases could potentially sicken or kill couriers or nontarget insects and plants
And you people wondered where Hollywood got all their Sci-Fi World ideas!
THE X FILES | THE END PLAGUE vol.2 THE BEES
One strategy for keeping farm crops healthy involves treating them with biological control agents such as bacteria, viruses or fungi that incapacitate pests or diseases. Some producers have begun using bees to help deliver control agents to crops by having them walk through powder containing the agents before heading out on their flower-foraging flights. The extent to which the approach could sicken or kill couriers or nontarget insects and plants is currently largely unknown. But here is some interesting news which may provide an organic approach, but no one knows for sure. I would like to hope that this could work. It evenhas potential for the Organic Farming practices industry. Unfortunately in the shadows lurks the usual industrial suspects spying out this technology which is being touted for its ability to work with Mother Nature and more than likely end up as just another tool of some giant agro-industrial complex. On an interesting side note, I do recognize many of the biological controls listed, some being mycorrhizal. Especial Trichoderma on Strawberries could help if the chemicals could be eliminated. Strawberries are one of the most synthetically sprayed crops.
Update April 26, 2016
Brilliant new beehive harnesses solar energy to exterminate the colony’s worst enemy
BICOPOLL: Managing bees for delivering biological control agents and improved pollination in berry and fruit cultivation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For a fun read on flowers pollinators and other insects, try this blog like by Chateau Moorhen - Millymollymandy