More Than 25,000 Bees Found Dead In Oregon Parking Lot

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beee Approximately 25,000 – 50,000 bumble bees, along with honey bees and lady bugs were found found dead recently at a Target store parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. A Portland-based Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation was called to the scene to investigate. The bees were found clustered under dozens of European linden trees, the organization believes that the cause of death is likely attributable to acute pesticide poisoning, but are not 100 percent certain. It was recently discovered that that the linden trees were mistakenly sprayed on June 15 with Safari, a potent insecticide.

After several calls at the office I visited the Target store in Wilsonville and found a parking lot full of dead bumble bees underneath blooming European linden trees. They were literally falling out of the trees. To our knowledge this is one of the largest documented bumble bee deaths in the Western U.S. It was heartbreaking to watch – Rich Hatfield, conservation biologists with the Portland Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) was also contacted, they are currently collecting samples to determine whether pesticides were used at the site. 50, 000 bees represents a loss of at least 300 colonies. Each of those colonies could have produced multiple new queens that would have gone on to establish new colonies next year. As we all know, bees are considered vital due to the fact that they are pollinators of many food crops.

What’s worse is that the bees were killed during a ‘National Pollenator Week,’ a week aimed at celebrating the vital role that bees play in our ecosystem. This incident is the latest in a series of bee die-offs that has resulted in the decimation of 31% of the US bee population in 2013 alone. The large-scale erosion of bee populations poses a serious threat to the food supply.

It’s hard not to ask whether Monsanto is enjoying this, it gives them another excuse to push the manufacturing of genetically modified foods (GMO).

Recently, the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) recorded its worst losses of honeybees in history. The level of honeybee colony losses across England has more than doubled since last year, up to 33.8% from 16.2% in 2012. You can read more about that here. This is worldwide phenomenon.

It’s the U.S. government’s Environmental Protection Agency that approves of the GMO insecticide responsible for killing millions of bees. You can read more about that here.

Not to long ago, the US government was sued for their use of pesticides killing millions of bees, and ignoring scientific evidence that proves it. You can read more about that here.

The link between pesticides and bee deaths cannot be argued. It has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals that show how widely used pesticides have a very damaging effect on bees. A new paper published in the journal Nature shows how bees are twice as likely to die when exposed to pesticides; two-thirds of the bees are lost when exposed compared to a third when not exposed. The exposed bees are also half as successful in gathering food. The exotoxicology tests only looked at honey bees, and failed to include bumblebees. Bumblebees are just as important in providing the required pollination to create much of the food we consume. You can read more in the journal Nature here.

There was also a study done by the NCBI which you can read here. This study also found that various groups of neonicotinoids are harming honey bees. They discovered that both clothianidin and and thiamethoxam persist in “extremely high levels” in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of crops treated with these insecticides. The research team also found neonicotinoid compounds in soil, including in fields where the chemicals were not even sprayed. They also found them in several plants and flowers visited by bees. Researchers determined that bees actively transfer contaminated pollen from primarily neonicotinoid treated corn crops, and bring it back to their hives. The bees also transfer these compounds to other plants and crops that are not treated with the chemicals, which shows just how persistent these chemicals truly are in the environment.

It’s amazing how much information is surfacing within the past few years. Information regarding all sectors of society is emerging as the  world continues to wake up. Those with the eyes to see, ears to hear and the heart to feel are responding. The bee insecticide debate should not be a debate anymore.


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  1. bob

    >”It’s hard not to ask whether Monsanto is enjoying this, it gives them another excuse to push the manufacturing of genetically modified foods (GMO).”

    What? GMO crops still have to be pollinated, just like everything else. This makes no sens.

    • Thank you so much for the link. Nice to know I have always avoided those products. image if everyone boycotted these products? There would be no MonSatan. It’s pathetic there are like 10 people on this website making comments. 20% of our population doesn’t make it to 50, kids are nearly all fat, even getting heartattacks, but no one questions what they are eating? What’s wrong with our society? We on this website should all exchange emails & form a real community awareness outreach group or at the very least create a support friendship group so we have some rational person to talk to in our lives other than our stupid neighbors all sick & disabled at 40 from the junk they eat.

      • “Good post! I’m game!”

      • Greed Dies Last

        How can USA have a GDP per capita of almost $50,000 if 20% of its population does not make to 50? Don’t you think CIA is faking the stats? What if USA paid off all the debts? What would its GDP per capita would then be?

      • Have you all seen the movie on Communities are forming around the world!

        • Evil Dies Last

          Yes and would like to join one of the communities.

      • cp3

        not to mention all the meds they are forced to take and the harmful vaccines, this nation is a monster

  2. October

    I would be happy to know, unfortunately for the bees that someone “accidentally” used the wrong chemical to try & blow the lid off this controversy… If only it actually works

    I downloaded the Buycott app to try to use while shopping, you can subscribe to campaigns to boycott Monsanto, GMO & my new fav Nestlé : ) best of luck to us all!

  3. Bonnie Kaake

    Start growing our own food as much as possible and do so organically. Plant bee friendly flowers to help with pollination. And, DO NOT BUY ANYTHING MADE OR MARKETED BY MONSANTO! We need a list of their products so everyone can boycott them.

    We all know about Round Up…you see the product everywhere…tons of it at Home Depot right by the checkout counter when I went their last week. Their only goal is profits and it is at the expense of humankind’s survival. Pull or dig out your weeds or use safe methods of destroying them organically…we all need the exercise.

    • Greed Dies

      OK, nice that you came up with the idea, so why didn’t you Google Monsanto products and provided us with the list? Are you waiting for a list on a platter?

  4. If all the bees die, gues who profits Monsanto. they’ll have a virtual monopoly on food. so unless your rich and can afford $250 for a peach, you’ll eat their poison fruits & vegetables & die by the time your 50 (already 20% of the US population does), which is ok with the big banks because they get to collect your social security, when you die before getting it. Win-win: cut the population in 1/2, don’t pay social security, and profit from selling poison. the American way.

    • Monsatan

      Monsanto must DIE…..

    • Americans need to remember how to be resourceful. No one is stopping anyone from growing their own food, except themselves. Quit whining and start planting. Take some initiative! Think about what YOU might do to help yourself.

      • Pollinate with q-tips? Mosquitos? Your missing the point.

        • "Your" tards

          Your what? Are you sure you spell correctly?

      • Alexandra Stoddard

        I plant my food, I water my plants, I still need pollinators. Get off you’re high-horse & figure out the problem is world-wide. Monsanto doesn’t limit their greed to US dollars. ( I also have pollinator habitat, but if the pollinators are poisoned by the commercial agriculture outside of town … get it yet?)

        • Bonnie Kaake

          I could not have said it better! Thank you Alexandra.

      • Stephen

        I agree……..but some can not grow their food, for example: those living in apartment buildings.

    • I’ll spend $1.00 on a bullet and take the peaches for free.

  5. Caroline K.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention Arjun. It’s stories like these that keep the issue alive–it’s so saddening.

  6. Sounds like Monsanto is “striking-back” for the torching of their crops!!!

    “What do you think?”


    Chemtrails also kill bees. STOP Monsanto! STOP chemtrails!

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