Welcome to “Tom’s Corner,” a blog about bee decline by Tom Theobald, founding member of the Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association. In July 2010 Theobald wrote an article about clothianidin and bees for Bee Culture magazine that ignited a conversation about the connection between systemic pesticides and declining bee populations in the United States. Timeline here:
The story continues to unfold…
This video, Seeds That Poison, by Beyond Pesticides is only five minutes long and hits almost every aspect of the neonicotinoid controversy. It should be shared widely with others.
Here is Dr. Jonathan Lundgren interviewed by Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum on the Beekeeping Today Podcast about Regenerative Agriculture and Honey Bee Health.
Click the image to access the Jonathan Lundgren’s interview on Beekeeping Today.
Dr. Lundgren left the USDA because his research on neonicotinoids and modern agriculture was being stifled. He founded the Ecdysis Foundation and Blue Dasher Farms. This 40 minute interview is filled with facts and observations critical to the challenges we face. Long, but worth the time for those of you seeking a deeper understanding of the issues before us. Dr. Lundgren will be the featured speaker at the Summer meeting of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association in Silt, CO, June 7 – 9, 2019.
On a cold winter day this past week I was in my Honey House doing a run of hand dipped beeswax candles. In the background I could hear the radio, tuned to the Public Radio station. Because I was an inside captive I had the good fortune to catch the following program, A Bug’s Death. It is 47 minutes long and full of important information for those of you who want to better understand the environmental crisis we are facing. I was astounded by the report by Emma Pelton of the Xerces Society that they are documenting a 99.5% decline in West Coast Monarch population. When you have a little time, settle in and listen closely to what this program has to say.
Click this image to go to WAMU, then click the blue arrow in the upper left to listen.
Below you will find links to a very significant paper on the massive decline of insect life. You can read this news report, Massive insect decline could have catastrophic environmental impact, for a condensed explanation of the paper. For those of you wanting more detail, an abstract and access to the full report are here: Worldwide decline of entomofauna: a review of its drivers.
The findings and conclusions reaffirm what scientists and close observers have been reporting for more than a decade. Those calls for concern were largely ignored by the chemical companies and the regulators, particularly here in the United States. I have said repeatedly over the past few years that the evidence was showing that we were being subjected to the most massive poisoning of the environment in the history of humanity. This paper confirms those concerns, I believe.
As commercial beekeepers begin moving their colonies into the almonds in California, high colony losses are being revealed and the discussion as to the causes has livened. The corporate story is that the primary cause is the varroa mites, but experienced beekeepers and the work of researchers tell a different story. The following video, Colony Collapse Disorder Threatens Bees, US Agriculture, is a synopsis of a longer interview I did with Earth Focus several years ago. It has proven to be prophetic.