Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Did Your Bread Die? Monster High, and Going Away Honey?

Did your Bread  Die? Monster High, and Going Away, Honey?

Heard a report on NPR about a wheat field in Oregon.  It was planted with non-GMO wheat.  But there was one plant of GMO wheat created by Monsanto in that field and no one can figure out where it came from.

All the Rest of the wheat in that field Died.  The GMO wheat Killed the non-GMO wheat.  I don't want wheat from That field, do you?

Dolls, can you Believe it?

Another report said Monster High dolls are outselling Barbies.  Only complaint, too scrawny.  Evidently girls 6 to 12 years identify and so do some of us grown ups.  Question:  How could one family Afford Thirty of them?

Going Away, Honey?

Bees are dying. It's up to us to save them.
Last month, 50,000 dead bees were discovered littering a parking lot in Oregon. Then
last week, a shocking 37 million bees were reported dead across a single farm in
After years of research, scientists have finally figured out what’s causing the massive
bee die-offs all around the world, from China to the UK: It’s a class of dangerous
pesticides called neonics. And here’s the wildest thing --
even though we know they’re killing the bees, in most parts of the world, neonics
are still in widespread use.
Independent American garden store owners are critical to the fight to stop neonics
and save the bees. If you live in the US, your local garden store owner down the
street probably sells neonics to your neighbors, who are in turn spraying them on
their flowers and poisoning bees all around you. Collectively,
these independent garden stores are the largest single group of commercial pesticide
distributors in the world.
That’s why Bonide, one of the largest corporate producers of neonics, is spending
a pile of cash to try to buy the trust of these small business people.
 This August, Bonide is sponsoring the largest gathering of independent garden store
owners in the world: The Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago. Bonide’s name
-- and their spin -- will be everywhere: From the conference program to the exhibit
We can’t allow the pesticide industry to have the only voice there. So we came up
with a crazy plan:
We want to fly in activist beekeepers who’ve been watching their bees die for years,
and buy them tickets to the conference. They’ll take their case directly to the garden
center owners
 -- talking to them at their booths, distributing scientific research, holding press
conferences and more. They’ll get the convention buzzing about the dangers of neonics,
and convert garden center owners to the side of science, the bees, and our environment.
Will you chip in $4 today to fly beekeepers to Chicago, to fight back against pesticide industry spin at the largest annual gathering of independent garden store owners in the world?
The corporations that make neonics, like Bonide and Bayer, are on the defensive.
Thanks in part to intense grassroots activism, the EU just implemented a trial ban
against neonics for the next two years. But we have to keep up the momentum
 if we want to save bees worldwide -- and the US is the next key battleground.
The global pesticide industry will do anything to protect its profits -- and as usual,
the US is ground zero for corporations trying to ward off regulation at any cost.
Neonics corporations are following the playbook written by Big Tobacco regarding
lung cancer and Big Oil on climate change
 -- pouring millions into lobbying and fake science to stop decision-makers from
taking action. They’re pumping out their own industry-backed studies to undermine
the work of legitimate scientists, then claiming that there isn’t enough conclusive
evidence to make a decision -- that we should continue to wait, for years, while
the bees die off.
And Big Pesticide is also taking its spin straight to America’s independent garden
store owners -- because the prospect of these small business owners turning against
them is terrifying. That’s why Bonide is sponsoring the conference in Chicago --
and it’s why we have to make sure the bees’ interests are represented in full force.
The best people to speak for the bees are beekeepers themselves.
 If together we can raise at least $30,000, we can bus in a swarm of friendly beekeepers
from across the region, buy them conference tickets, put them up in nearby hotels,
print flyers and banners for them, and hold a huge press conference. If we raise
enough money, we will even be able to fly in activists from Oregon that helped pass
the neonics ban there.
As the garden store owners pour into the convention hall, we want them to be met
this swarm of friendly beekeepers telling their stories.
 Once they return home, they’ll be as fired up as we are, and will sow the seeds
of a national movement to get neonics off the market for good.
If independent garden stores stopped selling the bee-killing pesticides, it would
be a huge blow to the neonics industry
 and create massive additional momentum for legislation to save the bees. And the
best part of all: Once independent garden stores begin banning neonics, the pressure
will double down on major retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s to follow suit.
Can you donate $4 today to bring the bees’ plight to the attention of the small business people who are selling neonics in local communities?
The bee die-offs in Oregon and Ontario aren’t flukes. This winter, the British Beekeepers
Association recorded its worst loss in its history. In China, the situation has gotten
so bad that farmers are forced to hand-pollinate their trees.
In the biggest kill yet, a large commercial beekeeper in the United States watched
in helpless horror as a mind-boggling 500 million of his bees died “like crazy” --
80% of his entire total.
Neonics are made to be water-soluble, so the vast majority is washed off the seeds
in the first rainstorm. Over 90% of the pesticide washes away, to end up in the soil
and groundwater, where they will persist for years -- the pesticides break down incredibly
slowly, so that every year the crops are sprayed again, 80% of the pesticide from
the previous year is still in the soil. Over the years, the surrounding ground and
water continues to get more and more toxic, to the point that the pesticide is working
its way up the food chain and killing off birds.
We are reaching the point where our global ecosystem is straining, and the threat
to the bees is becoming a threat to all of us.
 As bees die off, up to a third of the food we consume is threatened, and food prices
are already being affected around the world. That’s why we have to step up now to
get out the truth. Big pesticide companies may be trying to rewrite the record, but
together the SumOfUs community can help cut through the noise and ensure the safety
of our ecosystem for future generations.
Click here to join with SumOfUs members all over the world to crowdfund a swarm of activist beekeepers to take on the pesticide industry in Chicago.
Thank you for fighting for the bees,
Kaytee, Claiborne, Taren, and the rest of us
More information:
The New York Times:
Mystery Malady Kills More Bees; Heightening Worry on Farms
, 28 March, 2013
The New York Times:
2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies
, 29 March 2012
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1 comment:

  1. That Oregon wheat field sounds scary. Like something from The Twilight Zone. Shudder. Hate to think of any of that bread coming my way. I hope it isn't.

    Thanks for sharing the news about that wheat field, MH dolls outselling Barbies, and the efforts to preserve bees.