Bees, sunflowers and us: the ugly truth
Where does fruits come from? Fruits are formed in flowers when they are pollinated. Before the last three decades, the mains pollination agents were insects, bees being one of the most important ones.
The problem is that in the last three decades, we developed many neurotoxic substances used as insecticide. This has disastrous consequences for bees. Thick carpets of dead bees were found at the front of beehives, or worst, complete colonies have been annihilated in a very short time. The thing is that insecticides are not selective. It’s not because bees are useful that they are resistant to chemicals we spread our crops with. And even herbicides, fungicides and other substances can have a toxic effect on bees.
In lower amounts, those chemical substances still disturb normal bees activity. It affects their reproductive comportment, their feeding behavior and their ability to lay eggs. Some bees can’t find their way back to the hive, and some are found on the ground in a sort of paralysis.
According to beekeepers, it is reasonable to associate the problems with some chemicals used especially in sunflower and corn production. Even treating only the seeds imparts some toxins in all of the plant parts.
What does it have to do with our own health?
Of course, eating grains and seeds that comes from a plant chemically treated can make us ingest those toxins as well. And for the bees, since it’s a very important pollination agent, and that most of our food derives from it, it would be wise to stop killing them.
Again, it seems that organic farming methods wins over conventionally grown food, especially in the case of sunflower and corn, which on top of that are often transgenic. So next time your at the grocery, shopping for sunflower seeds or eyeing at corn on the cobs, try to select organic one. It’s going to be better for you, and better for the planet.
*Photo credit: ms Tea