Earlier this week, South Carolina beekeepers found millions of dead honey bees carpeting their apiaries, killed by an insecticide. Video posted by a beekeeper to Facebook showed thousands of dead insects heaped around hives, while a few survivors struggled to move the bodies of fellow bees.
“This is what’s left of Flowertown Bees,” a despondent keeper says in the video. Company co-owner Juanita Stanley told the Associated Press her farm looked “like it’s been nuked” and estimated 2.5 million bees were killed.
South Carolina hobbyist Andrew Macke wrote that he had lost “thousands upon thousands of bees” and that the spraying had devastated his business. “Have we lost our mind,” he wrote, “spraying poison from the sky?”
Around the US, bees and other pollinators contribute an estimated $29bn to farm income. Clemson University’s department of pesticide regulation is investigating the incident.
The program head, Dr Mike Weyman, said that though South Carolina has strict rules about protecting pollinators, county officials were using the neurotoxin, Naled, under a clause exempting them in a “clear and public health crisis”.
More than three dozen people have tested positive for Zika in South Carolina, Weyman said, and officials have made it a priority to prevent local transmissions through the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
“We don’t want one of those mosquitos having a blood meal on an individual we’ve already determined was positive,” Weyman said. “We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that [Zika] is up and running in Florida. If it gets in the mosquito population … you’re playing catch-up.”
South Carolina’s protocol for Zika infections is to alert local officials of a carrier’s residence, which they “consider a ground zero”, Weyman said. Local authorities then target the local mosquitos in a 200-yard radius, in this case with spray.
Flowertown Bees was listed on local records but not in the state’s voluntary registry of pollinators, according to Weyman. “We know where the big ones are,” he said, “but as you can see this was a fairly large operation and almost right smack dab in the spray path.”
Despite the investigation into what went wrong, the killing has beekeepers worried about what might happen next.
Naled Side Effects:
Did you know that Naled, the chemical they are using to spray mosquitoes for Zika, was banned in Europe in 2012? It has the following known side-affects: – Difficulty breathing, bronchospasm, uncontrollable coughing, even severe respiratory distress – Hypotension – Incontinence – Gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea – Blurred vision, watery eyes, permanent or long-lasting constricted pupils – Excessive sweating – Tremors – Seizures – Coma – Convulsions – Paralysis – Thyroid, breast and ovarian cancers – Leukemia, colon, esophageal and kidney cancers – Death “The most common and worst application of Naled is aerial because its toxicity increases up to 20-fold this way and it can drift up to 1/2-mile. Naled has been found to be highly toxic for fish, birds and beneficial insects, especially bees.” Unlike most other insecticides, Naled even interferes with the photosynthesis of plants and therefore causes damage in our flora. Breathing in Naled has been found the most dangerous form of ingestion. The toxicity of Naled can persist up to several days. In short, the toxic, acute and chronic, long-term effects of Naled on humans and nature are horrendous—by far worse than the virus it is used to prevent. What adds insult to injury is that research conducted by the New York Department of Health showed that Naled spraying only achieved short-term reductions in mosquito population, but these populations actually increased 15-fold over the 11 years of spraying that had been conducted.” Some other interesting facts: – The Rockefeller corporation owns the patent to the Zika virus – Zika virus symptoms are in most cases as mild as the common flu – There are no links between Zika and microcephaly according to the world health organization It’s all about fear mongering and profiteering by pharmaceutical and chemical corporations like monsanto.But it may also be about further weakening the populations so they die on schedule http://www.toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Naled