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I have written quite a bit about the benefits of honey for the survivalist and prepper. And last year, I wrote an article for the Lamplighter Report concerning the massive die-offs of animals around the globe.

I’m not trying to scare you about what these die-offs mean. There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts of a large number of animals mysteriously dying at the same time, throughout recorded human history.

But this is different.

There was recently an article in the news concerning the boom of colony collapse disorder (CCD), and this is extremely concerning to me.

And it concerns me for far more reasons that just the ever increasing price of honey.

As honeybees gather pollen and nectar for their survival, they pollinate crops such as apples, cranberries, melons and broccoli.

Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90 percent dependent on honeybee pollination. One crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honeybee for pollination.

For many others, crop yield and quality would be greatly reduced without honeybee pollination.

Bees have always been the great pollinators of the world. But until European settlers began colonizing the Americas, there were none of what we consider the common honeybee on this continent.

The native bees that assisted in pollination have all but been destroyed. This leaves the honeybee as our main source of pollination, which paints a devastating picture for our future.

In fact, a 1999 Cornell University study documented that the contribution made by managed honeybees hired by U.S. crop growers to pollinate crops amounted to just more than $14.6 billion.

Each year, American farmers and growers continue to feed more people using less land.

But each year for the past seven years, one-third of the U.S. honeybee population has disappeared.

This epidemic — and that is what this is — still has absolutely no pinpoint reason.

It would be different if the beehives were littered with the bodies of dead and dying bees.

But that is the real concern: The bees are just disappearing, leaving behind empty hives.

Watch the video below to figure out exactly how this can impact you:

Considering the fact that honey is one of the few survival items that never goes bad, now is the time to stock up on it.

If you have a local beekeeper who is willing to supply you with honey, then I suggest you start there.

There are a lot of benefits to collecting, storing and using local honey.

Unfortunately many of us don’t have that ability.

If that is the case for you, check here for a few options to get bulk amounts of raw honey.

–Joe Marshall

P.S. The vanishing honeybee is one of the most overlooked threats to our food supply. If the colonies continue on this path, I don’t know how much longer our agricultural “machine” will be able to run. And it will affect a lot more than our supply of honey.

Do you know how to prepare for when the food runs out?

P.P.S. If you have the time, be sure to watch the video below. It is a much more in-depth documentary from the U.K. about its similar losses:

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  • independent thinker

    While it might not help with the factory farms the individual gardener can encourage the native bees to come to their gardens. I have several different kinds of native bees that visit my garden throughout the growing season. Mother Earth News had a good article on encouraging native bees and other pollinating insects to visit your garden and replace the honeybee. One should also avoid planting GMO seeds as there is some evidence they contribute to the CCD.

    • Karolyn

      I haven’t seen a honeybee in years except when I went to visit a local beekeeper. All I ever see is bumbles.

      • independent thinker

        I see a few honey bees but mostly I see Bumble Bees, other native bees and other insects that pollinate plants.

        • mnkysnkle

          I used to enjoy the presence of several types of wild bees including Bumble Bees in my yard pollinating my plants. In the past few years I’ve experienced their disappearance, along with the die out of my dahlias, lupines, Johnny Jump ups, and just about all of my bulb and tuber plants. I’ve also not had any fruit from my peach and plum trees for the past three years [Bear in mind that fruit trees here in Aurora, Co. are not a yearly harvest due to the climate], but they are sickly, as are several species of trees in our neighbourhood. I also have a large ungainly clump of sage that for the first time there isn’t a large seed harvest. And it used to be visited by large swarms of Bumble Bees, and Hummingbird Moths that have all but disappeared, I haven’t seen those moths for three or four years now. These moths highlight the blossoming of the sage when they sup on the nectar of the sage blossoms at sunset. Other insect, and bird populations are diminishing.
          A lot of this stress can probably be blamed on the current drought we’ve experienced, but I believe that BT corn, soy, and cotton are a major part of it along with the rampant out of control use of other pesticides, herbicides and chemtrails. I was born here over 65 years ago and experienced droughts before, but have never seen the environment stressed like it is now.

  • Sarah Conner

    We have bees constantly in our yard…have encouraged them to set up house here to pollinate our gardens by planting a wide variety of flowers and bushes…our city council has finally allowed a trial run on city bee keeping [mighty big of them]…I did not apply as I will do this on my own…know how these liberals think and the trial will be just that…a trial…

    • Deerinwater

      Liberals ` and bees is it now?

      Sarah ~ where has your mind gone? ~ bees do not favor one political affiliation over another. Nor do they ask when they might build. ~ they have a mind of their own. ~ It’s not an American concern but global.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/decline-of-honey-bees-now-a-global-phenomenon-says-united-nations-2237541.html

      I personally know of hives over 60 years old. They are located in 25 ft. down off of a 300 ft rock face cliff overlooking the Brazos river. ~last robbed in 1957. ~ producing 4 wash tubs of honey comb. `two of which was so old it had turned red.

      While every summer ~ some home owner is having to tear their house apart to get rid of unwanted bee colonies.

      • Sarah Conner

        I was merely making a comment on the importance of bees’ and our food supply and how our demonrat city council will nix any program that might make families self sufficient and take away from the so-called farmers market that they say are organic…what ever the hell that means…wait,what,wait…oh so you didn’t use any type of manure to fertilize your gardens…so you and yours shat in the garden and want us to buy your ‘crap’…ain’t nothing wrong with using cow manure to fertilize your fields…been doing it for decades…

        • independent thinker

          Now days you have to know where the manure comes from. It has been shown that cattle that graze on herbicide (especially Roundup) treated grass pass the herbicide through their bodies and it is present in their manure. This manure does more harm than good when used as fertilizer.

  • Guest

    It is definitely the fault of those terroristic republicans. Or maybe it is due to the government shutdown. Maybe it is just more jobs lost and the bees can’t work the government website to sign up for free whatever. Anyway it is sad. Could be they died of boredom listening to the president??

    • Deerinwater

      It’s cause by pollution from the burning of fossil fuels ~ the air is filled with it. ~ Diesel and JP4 mainly. ~ Air borne, it rides the wind currents and concentrates in areas in much the same way plastic bottles do in the ocean. ~

      In Egypt all along the Nile river ~ this too is happening, ~cause by river traffic. Some places are immune more so then others, factored by concentration of traffic, fossil fuel generator usage, prevailing wind currents, flowering plants and rainfall.

      Our air is dirty. It’s not exactly rocket surgery. If we were the size of a bee attempting to create something pure to sustain ourselves ~ we’d be doing the same thing. ~ leaving.

      Man has developed much cleaner burning engines to address this pollution problem. ~ while the world still has too many old engines in operation and will continue to have for the next 20 years.

      It takes decades to phase out these old ~ low tech engines ~ as they were built super tough, very repairable and very forgiving.

      The bee’s have said , Enough Already!

      • Wellarmed

        I agree with you that the earth is coated with traces of JP4 as evidenced by ice core samples, but I do not see that jet fuel, diesel, or other unburned hydrocarbons are the cause of colony collapse disorder. If you can provide evidence of a link, please feel free to share it.

        I also know for a fact that simply fazing out low tech engines will not in and of itself be enough to reduce Co2, NOx, HC, etc… Many of these robust engines could easily be rebuilt and retrofitted with modern closed loop feedback control systems. That is not a problem in a modern industrial society, but become quite a challenge in a third world country.

        CCD may be the canary in the coal mine. If there is a link between GMOs and this disorder then it would be paramount to get to the bottom of it sooner rather than latter. I have no faith whatsoever that the Federal Government will allow the truth to be told due to the fact that both political parties are beyond corrupted by Mansanto and ADM lobbying money, and a University driven research efforts that effectively subsides their Corporate research (think University of California Riverside for instance).

      • Bill

        Deer,
        You just made all of that up to support your emotional feelings, not facts

      • Frank Swart

        Hogwash! If you saw the smoke billowing from smokestacks back at the height of the Industrial Revolution, you would say that our air today is super clean. Despite all that carbon, we were always the one country that could produce more food than we could consume. Check areas around active volcanoes to see how fertile they are.

    • Bill

      Good satire, Guest

  • Ajfrench

    Monsanto needs to quit screwing with nature. The same DNA they are using to hybrid which stops rebirth is the same thing that is stunting growth population among bees. The Bible even warns against those who are destroying the earth. I know their intentions are intended to be noble, but they’re not working. They need to grow a real crop to restore the bees.

    • usaok59

      Rather than a “noble intent” I am prone to thinking it’s pure greed and dominance.

    • Linda Johnson Reed

      A company as large as Monsanto does lots of research and you can bet they know exactly what they are doing. They are greedy and care nothing of our future generations.

  • hippybiker

    This problem in not new. About 18 years ago I spoke with one of my Amateur Radio friends from Evansville, IN who keeps Bees. He had lost 2/3s of his brood. Most people don’t understand, that if the Bess die, in 2-3 years mankind will die out, also.

  • dan

    wrangler aka Agent Orange aka Round-up and other nicotinoids
    (it uses a fuel oil carrier for spraying ) used with no-till and GMO crops to control weeds and insects has been suspect in regards to hive collapse…look locally as bees seldom forage more than a couple of miles from their hives.

  • Bill

    Bee hive collapse is directly related to the poisons added to GMO seeds
    The state of Oregon just passed a law that does not let any government agency restrict the use of GMO’s in their areas.
    What’s the matter with all you liberal tree huggers? You are all for killing the economy but you allow Monsanto to control your food. I think you have it backwards

    • Karolyn

      Liberals I know have been campaigning against Monsanto for years. Are you? Do you sign the petitions, write to your congressmen, and support anti-Monsanto efforts?

    • Karolyn

      Liberals I know have been campaigning against Monsanto for years. Are you? Do you sign the petitions, write to your congressmen, and support anti-Monsanto efforts?

      • Dan Sherman

        I have. I’ve written my worthless senators and representatives, who send me back form letters that tell me my concerns are unfounded, or send me a form letter that has nothing to do with the subject matter. I’ve signed many petitions, as well as trying to educate everyone willing to listen. I am a registered independent who leans towards Libertarianism. In other words, I’m socially liberal but conservative with respects to our government. Out of all the people I talk to, the Liberals are the worst to talk to. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve run across some Conservatives who are just as bad, but the Liberals out number them. The reason being they seem to thing think that more government regulation is the way to go. What they don’t get is that they are duped all the time by the government. The government is in the back pocket of Monsanto and other companies. They always get the legislation passed with the loopholes they want. Meanwhile, they and their counterparts keep going to the voting booth and electing the same two parties that brought us this mess. Both sides fit Einsteins definition of insanity. If you really want the problem solved then people need to find and elect candidates that don’t give a crap about party politics, and hold them accountable. Until then sending letters to tyrants who have been bribed to look the other way will get us nowhere.

        • les1971

          True,until satans domain in D.C.. is destroyed,we are in trouble!!!

    • grassroot

      Self destructive and to us too, Liberals. They also

      vote for their own downfall, Socialism/Marxism.

    • http://www.rainforestpress.com/ Randy Dutton

      Oregon’s law only blocks counties and local governments from restricting GMO, not state agencies.

  • Alfred Abbey

    I just read an article about how the government was considering bringing back a currently banned insecticide to attempt to eradicate the stink bug infestation which is devastating certain fruit crops. At the end of the article it stated that the only known negative side affect was that it is known to kill honeybees.
    Here is an excerpt:

    Dinotefuran is used in Japan among other Asian countries to control stink bugs on many different crops, including fruits. The EPA currently only allows the ingredient to be used on vegetables, grapes and cotton, limiting its usage due to potential negative environmental effects. It is highly toxic to honey bees, a crucial player in the growing process of many crops, including fruits.

    Here is the link so you car read the article:
    http://www.mnn.com/local-reports/new-jersey/local-blog/let-states-use-banned-insecticide-to-get-rid-of-stink-bugs

  • Karolyn

    This has been going on for years. Out in Washington or Oregon, they have at least temporarily stopped the use of certain herbicides that are killing the bees. I spoke to a local beekeeper last year and ran into him a few weeks ago, and he says they have had no problem with die-off of their bees so far. (This is in SC). Another thing for honey users is Do not buy name brand honey! Besides being more healthy, local honey assists with allergy problems.
    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/

  • Marshall

    GMO pollen is making them sick, most likely. The sprays have not changed… so what has?

  • http://www.rainforestpress.com/ Randy Dutton

    Odd. I’m seeing more honeybees in my area.