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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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjef4QiKWfg

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Joe Marshall

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.