Move along, move along…
Amidst the alarming reports of birds falling from the sky and mass wash-ups of dead fish, scientists are attempting to calm public fears by pointing out that mass animal die-offs happen all the time. Which is true. Or at least, this is not the first time it has happened.
What is not true is that this is sufficient reason to dismiss these events. Most of the articles I have read point out that all this could be happening for any number of reasons: noise pollution/ fire works (human caused and preventable), water that is too cold or too warm (climate change, human caused and preventable), pesticide or poison ingestion (human caused and preventable), lack of food or air that is too cold (maybe par for the course, maybe human caused and preventable)…. you can see where I am going with this.
Colony Collapse disorder , the massive disappearance of honey bees that began in 2006, is still deemed “a mystery” by mainstream news. However, a recent Wikileak document from the EPA shows that it is what many people (particularly in France and Germany) have suspected all along…the use of Bayer’s Clothianidin on industrial agriculture crops, especially corn. What is worse, is the EPA knew of the risk and approved it for use anyway:
“Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees). Clothianidin is a neonicotinoid insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis. Although EFED does not conduct RQ based risk assessments on non-target insects, information from standard tests and field studies, as well as incident reports involving other neonicotinoids insecticides (e.g., imidacloprid) suggest the potential for long term toxic risk to honey bees and other beneficial insects. An incident in Germany already illustrated the toxicity of clothianidin to honeybees when allowed to drift off-site from treated seed during planting…. EFED expects adverse effects to bees if clothianidin is allowed to drift from seed plantingequipment. Because of this and the uncertainty surrounding the exposure and potential toxicity through contaminated pollen and nectar, EFED is recommending bee precautionary labeling.The proposed application rates and uses also pose an acute and chronic risk to small birds and mammals when clothianidin treated seeds are applied with low efficiency or no incorporation methods. ” Nov. 2nd, 2010, EPA memorandam
“Also pose an acute and chronic risk to small birds…” . It makes a lot of sense to me that the first canary in the coal mine was a bee, and the second canary is…a canary.
Who knows what the lab tests done on the recent dead birds and fish will show. Who knows if we will even be told the truth. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am not concerned about the end of the Mayan calendar. I stopped worrying about biblical apocalypse when the clock ticked over from 1999 to 2000 and not only did all computers NOT blow up, but the crickets kept on chirping, the snow kept on falling and the fire kept crackling.
But I’m not going to rule out self-fulfilling prophecy. There is cause, and there is effect, and we need to take a look at our actions.
Driving up I5 last week, there was flock after flock of starlings. Have you ever seen a flock of starlings and witnessed their joyful dance? Of one mind, thousands of shiny black bodies fly and spin and turn and curve through the sky, undulating through the air, rippling like a flag. Joining together, working in conjunction, they unknowingly create a spectacle of delight.
I think its possible for us to do this too.
(The magic really gets going at 3:20)