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2017-03-16 12:56:11 AM  
www.feelnumb.com

I first noticed some bees disappearing as early as the 1990s.
 
2017-03-16 01:25:22 AM  
Jim Stafford unavailable.

Some of you will get that.
 
2017-03-16 02:34:15 AM  
Amen.

You should think of a lesson as a weapon in love
And teach your brother, teach your sister
Think of a lesson as a weapon in love


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2017-03-16 04:50:05 AM  
Bee trifecta in play?
 
2017-03-16 04:50:51 AM  
Approves.
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2017-03-16 05:00:50 AM  
Beads?
 
2017-03-16 05:03:03 AM  
What's next? Dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you?
 
2017-03-16 05:04:09 AM  
Remember to spray them thoroughly, bees can't compete with other pests and will avoid untreated, bug-damaged vegetation!
 
2017-03-16 05:13:26 AM  
Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.
 
2017-03-16 05:15:10 AM  
100 million seeds, what is that? Like 2 bags?
 
2017-03-16 05:41:02 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.


good point and at least when i submitted this i put it as ad/plug which is exactly what the offer desired resut. still a fun idea if not flawed
 
2017-03-16 05:50:30 AM  
www.wrestlecrap.com
 
2017-03-16 06:16:21 AM  
Bees aren't dying from lack of food.  I don't understand how this is supposed to help them exactly.
 
2017-03-16 06:22:50 AM  
Having a larger source of food untainted with pesticides may be of use. But maybe some local study would be useful first.
 
2017-03-16 06:36:26 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.


On a positive note,  at least in the US the numbers last year indicated the tide has been stimmed to some degree.
 
2017-03-16 06:40:04 AM  

Warrior Kermit: Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

good point and at least when i submitted this i put it as ad/plug which is exactly what the offer desired resut. still a fun idea if not flawed


I appreciate that you guys think they use significant quantities of honey.
 
2017-03-16 06:46:09 AM  
Excellent. Now Grape-nut, tofu, kale, and trail-mix eating alt-radical-left snowflakes will be about to plant free flowers in their safe place instead of going to work and earning their seeds like Real Americans in the "fly over states.".
 
2017-03-16 07:04:25 AM  
Aprueba...

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/ Esto es muy bueno
 
2017-03-16 07:11:27 AM  
The problem is we have policies which promote mass plantation of crops like corn and push farmers to plow under even marginal land (because they are subsidized depending on how much they grow, and the market is so cheap that the subsidy is all that keeps them above water). This marginal land was wetlands, uneven ground at the edge of fields, and so on. The end result of our policies is water pollution, the decline of species like monarch butterflies and bees and even waterfowl, and really, really cheap corn based processed food.
 
2017-03-16 07:23:44 AM  

alechemist: Bee trifecta in play?


shakes tiny fist. Yeah that subby is slipping.
 
2017-03-16 07:28:48 AM  
If you really want to help bees, stop using pesticides and buy produce that isn't covered in neonics or roundup
 
2017-03-16 07:36:36 AM  
This is awesome. My wife has been interested (and planting) wildflower seeds quite a bit lately, here in Tampa. So I signed'er up and we are getting ours in 4-6 weeks. :) Thanks submitter!
 
2017-03-16 07:48:39 AM  

Hoblit: This is awesome. My wife has been interested (and planting) wildflower seeds quite a bit lately, here in Tampa. So I signed'er up and we are getting ours in 4-6 weeks. :) Thanks submitter!


Do you want bees?

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Cause that's how you get 'em.
 
2017-03-16 07:54:46 AM  

Hoblit: This is awesome. My wife has been interested (and planting) wildflower seeds quite a bit lately, here in Tampa. So I signed'er up and we are getting ours in 4-6 weeks. :) Thanks submitter!


In the intervening month and a half, consider using this website and selecting "native" in step 2.
http://floridayards.org/fyplants/
 
2017-03-16 07:55:14 AM  

jizzler: If you really want to help bees  stop using pesticides and buy produce that isn't covered in neonics or roundup

Sorry, it's Too late!

FTFY

On a serious note, if morons that breed creatures would stop with the "How can I make them better?" crap, that would help.

The bees are dying because of the Varroa mite, which was introduced into this country when some asshole beekeeper imported some honey bees from Brazil(?),despite a quarantine that had existed for several decades.

http://beesource.com/point-of-view/adrian-wenner/varroa-mite-spread-i​n​-the-united-states/
 
2017-03-16 08:05:15 AM  

Ecobuckeye: Hoblit: This is awesome. My wife has been interested (and planting) wildflower seeds quite a bit lately, here in Tampa. So I signed'er up and we are getting ours in 4-6 weeks. :) Thanks submitter!

In the intervening month and a half, consider using this website and selecting "native" in step 2.
http://floridayards.org/fyplants/


Doesn't the http://old-farmers-almanac.com cover all that?
 
2017-03-16 08:32:48 AM  
Csb: was with my 95 year young mom last weekend, and she was understandably panicked when a swarm of bees chose a tree in her yard to spend the night in. She wanted to call an exterminator- i said let's just wait til morning, once the sun warms them theyll move on, and there won't be one dead bee to clean up. Sure enough, right about 8 am, there goes the cloud of bees...
 
2017-03-16 08:34:29 AM  

phrawgh: Ecobuckeye: Hoblit: This is awesome. My wife has been interested (and planting) wildflower seeds quite a bit lately, here in Tampa. So I signed'er up and we are getting ours in 4-6 weeks. :) Thanks submitter!

In the intervening month and a half, consider using this website and selecting "native" in step 2.
http://floridayards.org/fyplants/

Doesn't the http://old-farmers-almanac.com cover all that?


Cover what? A customizable database of plants for your region, sunlight, moisture and salt tolerance? For free? At this time of year? Completely localized to my desktop PC? Can I see it?
 
2017-03-16 08:35:44 AM  
I ordered a pack of seeds. If every Farker did this, then think how nice Farkistan would look this summer!
 
2017-03-16 08:35:54 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.


Colony collapse is not the only thing that is affecting bee populations. Pesticides and *loss of habitat* are huge problems that bees also face. You with your manicured lawns and nicely planted annual flowers are part of the problem, just as much as industrial farming is.

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-flower-rich-habitats-survival-bumblebee​-​families.html#nRlv

Flower rich areas do indeed help bee colonies survive.

If you were really bothered by the possibility of General Mills offering invasive species of flowers, you could always contact them and find out where they source their wild flower seeds. It turns out several government agencies across the US make native wildflower seed available at very reasonable prices. I doubt that you actually care though.
 
2017-03-16 08:39:04 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.


It goes to show how successful corperate lobbying is that there is still any doubt what's causing CCD, when it's been long suspected and recently confirmed to be pesticides (because of course it was pesticides).

Most of the time all you need to do is sow doubt and you can keep your product on the market for an extra 10-20 years minimum.

/I don't have the time to bring up the links now, but if your googlefu is decent you can read about the studies yourself. Otherwise I'll try to pop in to thread later with them if you're interested.
 
2017-03-16 08:44:55 AM  
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2017-03-16 08:48:22 AM  
I met someone who was a real life "bee-ologist" last year.  I knew that bees in general were under stress.  Turns out the hobby beekeepers introducing honey bees all over the place are part of the problem.  There are a lot more variety of bees than honey bees, many of them far more efficient than honeybees at spreading pollen.

I rent, and have a tiny lawn.  There's a tangled patch of wildflowers in the back yard that I'm slowly letting cover my lawn, just because I generally hate lawns.  If I ever buy a house, I'm going to plant a lawn of clover and wildflowers.

/My neighbors will hate me.
//Well, you know, hate me even more.
 
2017-03-16 08:50:41 AM  
I didn't know bees were seed eaters.
 
2017-03-16 08:58:29 AM  
img.fark.net

BEEEEEEEESS!
 
2017-03-16 09:02:20 AM  
Planting flowers won't resurrect the dead bees. And if it did, we'd have zombees. Do we want zombees?
 
2017-03-16 09:04:00 AM  
static01.mediaite.com

"We don't want your seeds!"
 
2017-03-16 09:24:06 AM  
I'm interested in CCD rates among feral colonies around North America. They are an introduced species, after all.
 
2017-03-16 09:50:02 AM  
why don't they just give away free bees and cut out the middle man?
 
2017-03-16 10:27:42 AM  

Ker_Thwap: I met someone who was a real life "bee-ologist" last year.  I knew that bees in general were under stress.  Turns out the hobby beekeepers introducing honey bees all over the place are part of the problem.  There are a lot more variety of bees than honey bees, many of them far more efficient than honeybees at spreading pollen.

I rent, and have a tiny lawn.  There's a tangled patch of wildflowers in the back yard that I'm slowly letting cover my lawn, just because I generally hate lawns.  If I ever buy a house, I'm going to plant a lawn of clover and wildflowers.

/My neighbors will hate me.
//Well, you know, hate me even more.


My front lawn is 90% clover and I don't mow until the dandelions just about turn to seed. it's nice that it's always green even in last year's dry summer and stays pretty low (except the weeds). I've seen clover seed bags at our local hardware store. I think they're intended for hunters to plant patches for deer lure, but hey, convenient for lawns too! I'd check a local farm/hardware store near you for the same. My back lawn is mostly dirt patch but I figure some wildflowers will look nice all over the place. I also plant a bee-friendly border in my veggie patch containing chives, lavender, bee balm, etc.

If you decide to plant a bee friendly patch at your apartment in say a window box or hanging planter, be sure to check your plants for treatment with neonicotinoids. Many plants at Lowes/Home Depot are treated with them to prevent infestation by aphids and other pests but it has the intended consequence of taking out bees, too. I buy my garden seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange which is an organic/heirloom supplier. Their catalog is really nice and they give a good background on their seeds. I've not had a negative thing to say about anything I've purchased from them in over 5 years.
 
2017-03-16 10:42:24 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: Jim Stafford unavailable.

Some of you will get that.


I just listened to that album again last week. Hadn't heard it in decades.

/ I had a REAL GOOD TIME.
// Sittin' on that sack o' seeds.
 
2017-03-16 11:20:55 AM  

adj_m: Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.

It goes to show how successful corperate lobbying is that there is still any doubt what's causing CCD, when it's been long suspected and recently confirmed to be pesticides (because of course it was pesticides).

Most of the time all you need to do is sow doubt and you can keep your product on the market for an extra 10-20 years minimum.

/I don't have the time to bring up the links now, but if your googlefu is decent you can read about the studies yourself. Otherwise I'll try to pop in to thread later with them if you're interested.


Pesticides (specifically neonics) may be part of the culprit but basically all of the research sees it as a pluralistic problem. Afterall neonics were in heavy use for 10+ years before CCD. There are also areas of CCD where they aren't used.
 
2017-03-16 11:43:52 AM  
And here I am with carpenter bee traps all around my house.

Bee bores hole, lays eggs, eggs hatch, woodpeckers bore more holes getting to the larvae....
 
2017-03-16 11:51:09 AM  

polkadottie: Ker_Thwap: I met someone who was a real life "bee-ologist" last year.  I knew that bees in general were under stress.  Turns out the hobby beekeepers introducing honey bees all over the place are part of the problem.  There are a lot more variety of bees than honey bees, many of them far more efficient than honeybees at spreading pollen.

I rent, and have a tiny lawn.  There's a tangled patch of wildflowers in the back yard that I'm slowly letting cover my lawn, just because I generally hate lawns.  If I ever buy a house, I'm going to plant a lawn of clover and wildflowers.

/My neighbors will hate me.
//Well, you know, hate me even more.

My front lawn is 90% clover and I don't mow until the dandelions just about turn to seed. it's nice that it's always green even in last year's dry summer and stays pretty low (except the weeds). I've seen clover seed bags at our local hardware store. I think they're intended for hunters to plant patches for deer lure, but hey, convenient for lawns too! I'd check a local farm/hardware store near you for the same. My back lawn is mostly dirt patch but I figure some wildflowers will look nice all over the place. I also plant a bee-friendly border in my veggie patch containing chives, lavender, bee balm, etc.

If you decide to plant a bee friendly patch at your apartment in say a window box or hanging planter, be sure to check your plants for treatment with neonicotinoids. Many plants at Lowes/Home Depot are treated with them to prevent infestation by aphids and other pests but it has the intended consequence of taking out bees, too. I buy my garden seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange which is an organic/heirloom supplier. Their catalog is really nice and they give a good background on their seeds. I've not had a negative thing to say about anything I've purchased from them in over 5 years.


You may want to catch up on the science behind neonicotinoids , it seems to have morphed into the same flavour of the day scaremongering issue that has been proven less of an issue or unfounded like Glyphosate, GMO's, Vaccines, and most science and technology solutions since the advent of Fire and the pointy stick.

'Gold standard' assessing neonicotinoids: Field bee hive studies find pesticides not major source of health issues
 
2017-03-16 12:38:33 PM  
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/Oblig
 
2017-03-16 12:52:59 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2017-03-16 01:05:46 PM  

Labrat407: You may want to catch up on the science behind neonicotinoids , it seems to have morphed into the same flavour of the day scaremongering issue that has been proven less of an issue or unfounded like Glyphosate, GMO's, Vaccines, and most science and technology solutions since the advent of Fire and the pointy stick.

'Gold standard' assessing neonicotinoids: Field bee hive studies find pesticides not major source of health issues


From your link:

"Nav Canada manages 12 million aircraft movements a year for 40,000 customers in over 18 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest air navigation service provider (ANSP) by traffic volume"

Clearly your study was paid for my Monsanto is and is a cover-up.
 
2017-03-16 01:28:28 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-03-16 01:33:38 PM  

MugzyBrown: 'Gold standard' assessing neonicotinoids


MugzyBrown: Labrat407: You may want to catch up on the science behind neonicotinoids , it seems to have morphed into the same flavour of the day scaremongering issue that has been proven less of an issue or unfounded like Glyphosate, GMO's, Vaccines, and most science and technology solutions since the advent of Fire and the pointy stick.

'Gold standard' assessing neonicotinoids: Field bee hive studies find pesticides not major source of health issues

From your link:

"Nav Canada manages 12 million aircraft movements a year for 40,000 customers in over 18 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest air navigation service provider (ANSP) by traffic volume"

Clearly your study was paid for my Monsanto is and is a cover-up.


Apologies, link from another thread
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/06/gold-standard-asses​s​ing-neonicotinoids-field-bee-hive-studies-find-pesticides-not-major-so​urce-of-health-issues/
 
2017-03-16 01:55:55 PM  

adj_m: Lenny_da_Hog: Cheerios is giving away seeds to help Cheerios.

The problem is not that the bees don't have enough to eat. The problem is that with CCD, we don't have enough bees to pollinate the plants, and we're still not 100% certain about what is causing CCD or if it's going to continue.

If we plant millions and millions of flowers (which will likely be invasive species, regardless of being "wild," unless General Mills is going to send only local varieties based on your zip code), those flowers will be drawing bees away from native species and, most importantly, local agriculture. CCD has caused crop loss because the bees aren't there to pollinate the plants. Lack of pollen is *not* an issue.

It goes to show how successful corperate lobbying is that there is still any doubt what's causing CCD, when it's been long suspected and recently confirmed to be pesticides (because of course it was pesticides).

Most of the time all you need to do is sow doubt and you can keep your product on the market for an extra 10-20 years minimum.

/I don't have the time to bring up the links now, but if your googlefu is decent you can read about the studies yourself. Otherwise I'll try to pop in to thread later with them if you're interested.


Confirmed?

[citation needed]
 
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