Pesticides-nail to US economy coffin

Discussion in 'Economics' started by AKHENATON, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. The bees make plenty of honey, but most of the money comes from loading 2,200 hives onto flatbed trucks and renting them to farmers all over the country.


    Bees are doing there part to reduce energy consumption. Getting those big rigs off the road. Reducing the effects of global warming. less bees, smaller carbon footprint, less energy consumption. Bees are people too!
  2. I've kept honey bees for two years now after studying them for much of my life. Went into the winter with 24 hives, right now 4 remain alive. Veteran beekeepers here in NY have suffered losses from 50% to 90%... one commercial guy similar to Hackenberg's size lost 90% of his hives and the family operation decided to fold up shop.

    A dearth of bees would/will have immediate impact on U.S. consumers. All fruits, nuts and vegetables with few exceptions are highly dependent on bee pollination to produce. Without bees pollinating, a fraction of the produce will mature from pollination by other insects.

    Bees have been around for some 30 million years, but they cannot evolve fast enough to deal with man's rapid destruction of the planet. They are survivors, but their survival has relied on slow adaptation over eons time. Expecting them to evolve in a matter of months & years to cope with all the stressors man imposes (over-counter pesticides, massive land clearing to eliminate natural variety foods, global spread of bee diseases) may be asking too much.
  3. Joab


    Wow fascinating :eek:

    Congress bails out greedy companies and has tons of money for bullets BUT the American people are going to starve. :confused:

    This administrations is fucked up !

    Bush = a national disaster.

    The worst president EVER, God help you !
  4. <i>"Congress bails out greedy companies and has tons of money for bullets BUT the American people are going to starve."</i>

    From the dawn of man until roughly 100 years ago, U.S. people were producers of their own food or just one step removed from that process. Since that period until now, most people in this country are stone-cold ignorant of any facts = details about where their food comes from.

    We could elaborate that point for pages to come, but the fact is that Americans simply assume that there will always be more than enough food on the shelves at the local supermarket level.

    Just now we're starting to see true shortages of a few items, and exploding price costs in others. If the honeybee issue remains this bad or gets worse inside of two years, fruit and nut prices will rise 1,000% from today's level at the very least.

    Heck, they already doubled from 2006 to 2007 due in mostly equal parts on availability and transport costs. Cut availability by 2/3rds, and we'll see pricey prime cuts of meat and seafood far cheaper than fruits, nuts, many vegetables, many baked goods, ice cream and other desserts along with a lengthy list of products one wouldn't even think of.

  5. Yawn. ZZZzzzzzz............
  6. <i>"Yawn. ZZZzzzzzz............"</i>

    agreed... you bore the s(tuff) out of us, too :cool:
  7. Joab


    Idiot .... :mad:

    People have become so friggin complacent and all anyone cares about is their SUV having the best dvd player available.

    You get what you deserve and maybe 2 hour line ups at the supermarket (like they have in Russia) is what it will take to wake people up or should I say sheeple.
  8. I agree, the majority of people don't have to worry. This only affects the production of fruits and vegetables. Most people detest healthy food like that. They can probably make twinkies and such out of petroleum byproducts.
    #10     Mar 30, 2008