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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2012 2:02 am 
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Was the genetically altered corn invented to be used for fuel?

The included insecticide genes kill off more than pests.


I'd be surprised about the corn because it's actually not very efficient. You're right about the insecticide genes killing off more then just pests though.

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PostPosted: 22 Dec 2012 4:07 pm 
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http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4423810.html

This holiday season I'd like to suggest that we all take a couple moments and give gratitude to the world's 1.7 trillion honeybees for giving us our food, cotton, beeswax, honey, and medicines, and for inspiring next-generation innovations.

Honey is a powerful antiseptic and renowned for its antibacterial properties. That's why some modern bandage companies line their products with diluted traces of honey.

Honey is filled with vitamins and minerals including soluble B1, B2, B6, pantothenic and nicotinic acids, vitamin C as well as high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins E, K and A. Honey also provides us with essential minerals: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium and sulfur.

Very recently scientists found that honeybees contain reversible DNA chemical-tags on genes, enabling them to immediately respond to their environment. A small number of genes allow a switch from young nurse bees (which stay in the hive to care for young) to older travelling foragers, letting them change back into nurses.

This is an a priori - DNA tagging linked to something at the behaviour level of a whole organism; it has huge implications for decoding human health. Once again bees are helping scientists to better comprehend learning, memory, stress response and mood disorders at a genetic and epigenetic level.

Last month, scientists observed honeybees biting parasites but not killing them. It turns out that bee bites contain chemicals that stun pests, making it easier to eject these bloodsuckers from the colony. Scientists believe that these 'stun' chemicals may have an important role in human medicine as an effective anaesthetic - offering an alternative to lidocaine, which some patients are allergic to.

Bees make glue for their hives from tree resin, mixing it with enzymes in their mouths. This pungent bee glue is called propolis. Propolis contains potent antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and cancer-fighting compounds. Propolis is packed with efficacious secondary plant metabolites that scavenge the human body to rid free radicals, keeping us healthy.

Propovir is a new Australian oral cream made from Canadian propolis; it quickly treats the Herpes simplex virus. Propovir is the only treatment for cold sores that effectively targets all stages of a cold sore from the initial prickle or blisters through to healing the lesions.

In May, scientists found that propolis contained caffeic acid phenethyl ester, an extraordinary compound that stopped the growth of prostate cancer in mice. Propolis is now being tested in clinical trials as a co-treatment in humans.

Honeybees are showing scientists how to live longer from remarkable anti-aging properties of resveratrol, plant compounds found in red grapes. When fed to honeybees, it extended their lifespan by almost 40 per cent. Moreover, resveratrol suppresses appetite. Scientists believe that in order to slow the aging process, restricting caloric intake is of paramount importance. Reducing the amount of food consumed increases lifespan and prevents the onset of diseases associated with old age.

Extracts of bee stings - a form of medicine known as apitherapy - have become very popular in bee venom facials used regularly by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. These creams take advantage of the anti-inflammatory effects of melittin and adolapin in bee venom along with apamin to improve nerve transmission, which increases circulation and skin tightening of collagen zones. Bee venom facials offer patients an affordable alternative to more costly Botox treatments.

Honeybees have helped to inspire a burgeoning new field in science called biomimicry, which studies nature's models and uses its designs and processes to solve human problems. Biomimicry will create millions of jobs for our youth.

Did you know that one kilogram of bees wax in a hive supports 22 kilograms of honey - more than 20 times its own weight? Many decades ago, the aeronautics industry recognized the strength of six-sided honeycomb and adapted nature's design to enhance the bending and stiffness of aircraft wings, as the wings must support heavy loads of fuel in the aircraft.

Interestingly, bees are showing scientists many lessons readily applicable to existing businesses, as well as inspiring new innovations. For instance, real-world applications from the beehive have been translated to optimise a web-hosting company. Honeybee communication systems have been adopted by programmers to efficiently run internet servers, which must contend with lulls and surges in traffic volume. By using the honeybee hive model, online internet sales rose by as much as 20 per cent while energy consumption fell by 20 per cent.

Hexagonal honeycomb architecture has inspired scientists to develop nano-sized magnets, in a material called spin ice, that is leading to new types of electronic devices with far greater processing capacity than currently exists.

This holiday season please consider supporting local beekeepers. Google your local farmer's market, make it a family day, and buy their honey, beeswax and propolis.


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PostPosted: 30 Apr 2013 4:16 pm 
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I want to give a HUGE THANKS to the EU for the ban on pesticides for two years to help aid the honeybee
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22335520

Awesome news what they are not telling people is that the honeybee is on the verge of extinction

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PostPosted: 22 Nov 2013 7:19 am 
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Zom Bees

Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis.

Fly-parasitized honey bees become "ZomBees" showing the "zombie-like behavior" of leaving their hives at night on "a flight of the living dead."

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Ad ... ne.0029639


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PostPosted: 27 Nov 2013 11:50 am 
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Windfarms have many problems - not the least being the cost of the power they produce; the birds they chop; and, the destruction of the visual appeal of the environment.

However, this one I'm sceptical about:

http://ufodigest.com/article/wind-farms ... appearance


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2014 1:52 pm 
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EU states lose up to one-third of honeybees per year

Survey finds beehives died off at higher rates in north of continent.

http://www.nature.com/news/eu-states-lo ... S-20140415


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PostPosted: 18 May 2015 5:19 am 
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'The New Bee Crisis Is Just Like The Old One: Phony

Never let a good crisis go to waste, Rahm Emanuel famously said. But what do you do if the “crisis” turns out to be a dud? Easy–invent a new one.

That’s what we’re seeing currently in Washington and Brussels, where government regulators, deprived of one environmental calamity–by, of all things, data–are scrambling for a new narrative.

For years environmentalists have been raising alarms about the “bee-pocalypse”–a supposed catastrophic decline in honeybee populations–and calling for an immediate ban of a new class of state-of-the-art “systemic” pesticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short) which they blamed for the die-offs.

The media were all over the story, endlessly replaying the environmentalist meme that without bees to pollinate our crops, “one-third of every bite of food we eat” would disappear. Banning neonics and saving bees was tantamount to saving the world from starvation.

The science supporting a ban was questionable, to say the least. Poorly designed experiments that overdosed bees in the lab were contradicted by large-scale field studies that confirmed real-world experience–honeybees actually thrive in neonic-treated crops. But those lab studies were enough for the regulators in Brussels, who ignored their own scientists and the loud objections of the British, among others, and passed an EU-wide ban which started at the end of 2013.'

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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2015 6:18 am 
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It's increasingly looking like you've been stung

Here’s something you probably haven’t heard: there are more honeybee colonies in the United States today than there were when colony collapse disorder began in 2006. In fact, according to data released in March by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. honeybee-colony numbers are now at a 20-year high. And those colonies are producing plenty of honey. U.S. honey production is also at a 10-year high. Almost no one has reported this, but it’s true.

You can browse the USDA reports yourself. Since colony collapse disorder began in 2006, there has been virtually no detectable effect on the total number of honeybee colonies in the United States. Nor has there been any significant impact on food prices or production.

http://www.perc.org/articles/bee-pocalypse-now


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PostPosted: 07 Sep 2015 4:28 pm 
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Wombat wrote:
It's increasingly looking like you've been stung

Here’s something you probably haven’t heard: there are more honeybee colonies in the United States today than there were when colony collapse disorder began in 2006. In fact, according to data released in March by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. honeybee-colony numbers are now at a 20-year high. And those colonies are producing plenty of honey. U.S. honey production is also at a 10-year high. Almost no one has reported this, but it’s true.

You can browse the USDA reports yourself. Since colony collapse disorder began in 2006, there has been virtually no detectable effect on the total number of honeybee colonies in the United States. Nor has there been any significant impact on food prices or production.

http://www.perc.org/articles/bee-pocalypse-now


That's like saying sea levels aren't really rising because people are building their houses higher up. This article doesn't say there isn't historically high decline, it is saying that commercial beekeepers are responding in new ways - that doesn't mean there isn't an issue. The article is also only referring to commercial honeybees - what about the far more important wild bees?

http://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/

Is there boatloads of media fueled hysteria about any number of things in our increasingly scrambled, modern world? Absolutely - drives me completely crazy as someone who reads lots of press. Is some of it partisan and agenda driven? No doubt. But that doesn't mean we should go to the other extreme and ignore factual data about actual phenomena that are happening. If you think that we are fine just chugging along and that pollution isn't having a growing impact, that species aren't experiencing extinctions, that coral isn't dying, etc. then you are a fantasist and are throwing the baby out with the dirty bath water.

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PostPosted: 19 Nov 2015 7:38 am 
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that doesn't mean there isn't an issue


The issue is what, exactly?


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