Do you remember that line from the popular Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi”?

Hey farmer, farmer, put away that DDT now. Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees…”

Bad news for the bees. Now it is not only from the DDT but the danger is coming from multiple sources as well.

US farmers and scientists have witnessed a massive mysterious deaths of bees and had great difficulties putting any one reason to this phenomenon.

So far, the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has wiped out more than 10 million beehives (worth $2 Billion) over the last 6 years and the reason was not to be found .

Until recently, scientists at least found a lead that could bring new results.

…and that lead is pretty scary!

First, scientists followed indications of pesticide related deaths, deaths due to nutrition habits or parasites.

It seems that millions of bees die from a deadly mix of all those reasons.

Some pollen treated with pesticides and fungicides and the mix of both chemicals cause the bee’s resistance to a certain parasite to crumble.

The parasite was named as one contributing factor for CCD but it could not be named as the only factor that kills bees in the millions.

It seems to be a cocktail of pesticides and fungicides (pollen samples showed an average of up to 9 different agents. Some samples showed up to 21 different chemicals), but most scientists point out that fungicides have never been seen as harmful to bees.

So, even if farmers stop using pesticides and just use the (thought of as harmless) fungicides, the chance that the bees would be killed by the parasite, due to weakened defence against it, was still quite plausible.

Guess, we never stop learning that every time you mess with nature, nature finds a way to kick your behind and so it is “Back to the drawing board” for the agricultural scientists.

Soon a memory from a distant past?

The problem reached a point that 60% of the remaining bees in the US would have to be used to pollinate only almonds in California, which produces 80% of almonds worldwide.

But there is more. Obviously, the bees do not collect the contaminated pollen only from the places they should have collected it (industrial crops) but also from wild flowers and wild plants.

It seems as if the poison has already been widely spread and that Joni Mitchell’s plea is more urgent today than it ever was!

Or did you ever have the idea, we could lose the bees, of all species?

(Source: QUARTZ Digital News)