Bees. Many people wonder what is happening to the bees in our country. The bee population is shrinking and farmers are beginning to become concerned because of the vital role that bees play in pollinating plants which is necessary for the development and growth of crops.
Recently, a scientist in South Dakota says that he has been “punished” for disclosing a connection between pesticides and bees. (hat tip to here for the source)
“Jonathan Lundgren’s research found bees and monarch butterflies can be harmed by a widely used class of insecticides. In a whistleblower case filed Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture entomologist alleges he faced retaliation because of his research.
“‘Once he started publishing this work, he went from golden boy to pariah, and that’s what this case is about,’ said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is representing Lundgren in his complaint to a federal whistleblower protection board.”
Now, you may be wondering why this is even relevant to you. Here is why: beyond the pollination process needed to maintain agricultural production in an area, many people ingest honey for the healthy proteins and other substances in honey and, also, many people believe that ingesting locally produced honey has a beneficial effect on allergy sufferers. No bees means no honey for the healthy proteins and to help counteract allergic reactions.
In reference to the issues with the USDA, Gunderson continues,
“Ruch contends that pressure from the pesticide industry has led USDA to stifle scientists like Lundgren. He had no evidence, but said the complaint will let attorneys seek information and interview USDA officials about the Lundgren case. He believes that work will prove USDA targeted Lundgren because of his neonicotinoid research.
“Those pesticides are among the most widely used in the world and are used heavily on farm fields and in backyards.
“But they’re under fire for contributing to an international decline in bee populations. Neonicotinoid insecticides are systemic. Plants take up the chemical along with nutrients. It’s in the leaves, flowers and pollen.”
So, what we appear to have here is a pattern of interference with genuine research that has a potential long-term impact on you and your health, but the USDA is interfering with this research to protect corporate interests instead of yours.
Frankly, this is simply another sign that you should do your homework for your health instead of trusting the government to look out for your best interests.