« Last post by OldMech on April 17, 2015, 11:10:52 AM »
I have to stand with D Coates and others..
I live in SE Iowa.. I have corn and beans growing within feet of my hives. The seeds are treated with systemic pesticides. And yet.. my bees thrive.
There was a time, years ago, when I saw the planes spraying fields, and I knew I would have dead hives to contend with. Often, My mentor would lose 60% of his hives, and we would struggle the rest of the year to replace them.
So which is worse? Having a hive dead RIGHT NOW, or having the time to rotate out the comb that slowly gets contaminated?
Neonics dont kill bees instantly.. So the way I see it, the bees WILL eventually become immune, just like the mites become immune to the treatments we use.
What people are throwing a fit about, is their food source. We all eat this stuff, just like the bees do. so as Mr. Bush mentioned.. why are we not worried about us?
The next worry, is that there is money involved.. so you have FOOD and MONEY in the same problem.. when that happens, your not going to start yelling and have anyone take you seriously.. In fact, if your one vote DID have the power to end the use of neonics and pesticides instantly, you would die so you could not vote. Thats how much money is involved.
Pesticides WILL be used.. make neonics illegal and they will be spraying again. I prefer to stick with something I can take the time to deal with.
I live in the heart of farm country. I help farmers every spring and fall. I can state, that Every one of them understands what they are using. But they are being pushed into a corner, and will be forced to take sides. With Monsanto Sueing farmers that are using beans that have their "round up ready" Gene... even though they have been saving, and using their own seed for 80+ years, their neighbors beans have cross pollinated with theirs, so Monsanto puts them out of business.... To the banning of DDT and now the controversy with Neonics.. what are they supposed to plant? you cant save your own seed anymore, you have to buy it.. is it posible to BUY corn or bean seed that is not treated? If you can, will you even get a crop after the bugs are done? Oh yeah, they can claim the loss and go on welfare so the taxpayers can support them and their families...