An Answer to Roundup

July, 2017 Newsletter

Lady Spirit Moon

In the spring of 2011 I noticed a queen was acting all nervous and jumpy and hadn’t lain anything since her mating. A few weeks later, I pulled a frame out and she was holding on to it with her back legs and weaving back and forth and there were very few bees left. I killed her. This so bothered me I dug deep into research to discern her behavior. In February, 2012, I came across an interview between Dr. Mercola and Dr. Don Huber, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University, about Roundup and how devastating the glyphosate in Roundup was on us, animals, and our environment.

Something clicked and I contacted Don. We hung up and a couple days later he called back and said that glyphosate was killing the honeybees and sent me the information. I did the interview with him in June, 2012. We were the first to recognize that Roundup was the major cause. I have been on the campaign trail ever since. Word got around fast and studies and discussions on bee deaths have popped up globally since that time.

Today the news is again reporting on how neonicotinoids are affecting honeybees and other pollinators. A lot of us in beekeeping knew that the neonics were the major cause of CCD. What you are reading in the news today is not the first regarding the effects of neonics on honeybees. The Guardian mentioned a study done in 2013.

Nicotinoids have been around since before the 19th century. But according to Wikipedia they changed when Byer added 5 other chemicals were added making them neonicotinoids:

“In 1985, Bayer patented imidacloprid as the first commercial neonicotinoid. During the late 1990s, primarily, imidacloprid became widely used. Beginning in the early 2000s, two other neonicotinoids, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, entered the market. As of 2013, virtually all corn planted in the United States was treated with one of these two insecticides and various fungicides. As of 2014, about a third of US soybean acreage was planted with neonicotinoid-treated seeds, usually imidacloprid or thiamethoxam.”

Acetamiprid, dinotefuran, nithiazine, and, and thiacloprid were also added and all share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. Beyond Pesticides explains the different chemicals in the neonicotinoids and how each affects honeybees.

I live in a GMO community where a farmer sprays Roundup on his GMO corn. Whenever they spray their crops or my neighbor sprays around their sheep fence, I feed 1 dose of my lacto water formula, both neonics and glyphosate affect the immune system, to my bees and they are fine. But before my formula, I had a few hive deaths in the beginning of my beekeeping career until my notes showed me what was happening.

“Neonics” are the coating on GMO seeds and some non-GMO seeds. These chemicals not only stay in the soil for up to 3 years, but they also rise up through the plant into the nectar and pollen. The bees harvest and store pollen and nectar from a GMO crop in the fall and ingest them the following spring. That following spring time you will have a thriving colony only to discover in a couple weeks that you have nothing but an empty hive. Imidacloprid affects the bees laying abilities; that glyphosate and neonics are synergistically working as endocrine interrupters. Clothianidin is one of the new chemicals that affect the honeybee’s learning abilities. The bees go out to harvest but forget how to go back to the hive.

NutriSmart

A while back Don informed me that he knew of a couple field trials that were showing good results in reversing the effects of glyphosate. He put me in touch with Frank Dean, BS, Biological and Physical Science, working for LidoChem, Inc. When I asked what NutriSmart did, Frank wrote:

“We have been concerned about the amount of glyphosate being used and its toxicity. As you know glyphosate has been found in all honey including organic and wild honey.

“Dr. Stephanie Seneff has also suggested the impairment of the P450 set of enzymes …. (Ed. Note: Dr. Seneff did a study in January, 2013, “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases,” with Dr. Anthony Samsel.

“We have been using NutriSmart, an organic bio fertilizer, to lower the concentration of glyphosate in soil, increase soil organic matter, support the native microorganisms, and, supply nutrients to crops and gardens.

“NutriSmart contains 6 different yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae ,” [They are brewer’s or baker’s yeast.]

Frank sent a PPT with the information on NutriSmart. I have included the information here, along with picture and graph.

  • NutriSmart® is a patented environmentally friendly microbial fertilizer & soil amendment developed by CK Life Sciences, a world-wide leader of eco-responsible agricultural practices.
  • NutriSmart® components are naturally occurring substances; free of any chemical constituents.
  • NutriSmart® provides humate, humic acids, patented strains of microbes, and microbial activators to the soil.
  • NutriSmart® is acceptable for bio-fertilizer registration in most countries, including the United States, even meeting the more stringent requirements of states such as California.

How does NutriSmart benefit a Fertilizer Program?

  • Documented to improve the Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) of conventional chemical fertilizers
  • Documented to Solubilize Soil Minerals releasing P & K, Silicon and other trace minerals
  • Proven to fix elemental Nitrogen (N2) into Ammonium (NH4)
  • Proven to Retain soluble fertilizers in the soil and reduce leaching
  • Proven to Stimulate the proliferation of desirable soil organisms
  • Proven to Increase root growth and plant uptake of nutrients
  • Assists in reclaiming soils damaged by overuse of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and other residual chemicals

It Grows With Glyphosate

  • Growers typically spray 1 quart of a 39% glyphosate per acre.
  • One quart of the 39% glyphosate in 20 gallons of water is 80:1 or a dilution of 1.25% Glyphosate.
  • 6 ml of the 1.25% Glyphosate solution was added to 300 ml of Difco Plate Count Agar.
  • NutriSmart was dropped into the media as the Agar cooled.
  • Control on the left, SGN 150 center and SGN 250 on the right.

Frank also wrote:

“What we have found is this: when we take soil samples before and after the treatment the glyphosate is substantially reduced. When we work with petri dishes we find the bacteria counts in the presence of glyphosate go up.”

L: NutriSmart Only (no added food source) M:  *NutriSmart SGN 150 with Glyphosate

R: *NutriSmart SGN 250 with Glyphosate

* These slides clearly show that NutriSmart Microbes thrive in the presence of Glyphosate (Roundup) and apparently utilize it as a food source

Glyphosate levels from 10 fields:

Glyphosate reported in parts per billion (ppb) – Before and after treatment with NutriSmart over a growing season.

** Trials were conducted in 10 fields with recorded Glyphosate reductions of up to 94 Percent **

 

For more information on NutriSmart and LidoChem:

LidoChem, Inc.

Performance Nutrition Division

20 Village Court Hazlet NJ 07730

1-732-888-8000

www.performancefertilizers.com

 

Frank also shared, “We have been working with Dr. Kanga, Florida A&M, with Bacillus amyloliquifaciens (a bacteria used as a source for an enzyme that is used in agriculture, aquaculture and hydroponics) to combat the insect attacking bee hives.

Now if we can just find something to fight the effects of neonicotinoids.

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Ponderings, musings, rhetoric, and bees

I watch the bees sharing the honey through their proboscis, grooming each other, flies sometimes eating next to them and even cleaning the bees’ wings. And I see them walking all over each other without so much as an “excuse me” and no one gets angry. Even an occasional wasp or other winged creature will sit warily off to the side waiting for an opportunity to feed. And they are not bothered. I watch all this for a long time, all the while wondering why humans can’t be more like honeybees.

Leaning back in my rocker, listening to the birds and sensing Mother’s silence in the sunshine, I ponder over what I see on Yahoo – racial slurs, killings, governments in chaos, the wars …. I sit on my porch listening to my bees low-toned buzz that so resonates with me while thinking about the world in general. I often wonder why the world is in the state it is in and why it can’t be like the bees, the fly, the birds, and nature. Glancing at the book I just finished, I sit in my rocker and think on the journey to my piece of heaven.

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, is about Appalachian people and its culture. I was mountain bred and born in southern Kentucky and can pick up just about anything and shoot with it with good accuracy. My mother moved from the Appalachian Mountains when I was a year old because there were no jobs. Coming from the Appalachian culture, the book made me pause at the reasons for illiteracy, ignorance, anger, and violence.

In 1995, wanting to move closer to my roots, my husband and I moved to a small town in eastern Tennessee next to the Kentucky state line. I learned quickly how powers-at-be can control the people. The school books had not been replaced for nearly 40 years. The best way to keep a society controlled is to affect the school system, keep the people ignorant and illiterate. It took an outsider to bring the issue to the state government that investigated and eventually put the county system on probation for 2 years to give them time to clean up their act or be taken over by the state. It worked. New books were ordered for the first time in 40 years, a new school was built, food purchased for lunches stopped being sold out the back door, and rumor had it that someone had to write a check for over a million dollars after the audit was completed.

Half of the population bought the drugs that were sold to the other half of the population in the local drugstore parking lot. The powers-at-be owned the stores where people shopped.  Seeds and farm supplies were sold by them and when folks harvested their crops they paid off their credit. If folks had a car and could afford the gas, they shopped in the ‘big city’ and went to the movies there. Once the main road was widened, the community opened to the ‘outside’ and things changed.

The human soul knows it needs to grow and flourish. When a human cannot and does not grow, it becomes restless and often angry. When self-preservation tools are not taught, there is usually abuse and/or neglect then one develops insecurity and low self-esteem. An individual also feels the need to belong to something or someone because they need to have a purpose to feel good about themselves. (S)he will often fall victim to any verbiage that praises or promises to give what the individual thinks they need. ISIS uses insecurity and low self-esteem in recruiting their victims.

My generation was born during WWII and life after the war life was easy. There were jobs that paid well enough for us to more than survive. We had good neighbors; never locked our doors during the day while we were gone; and we slept in peace at night. We didn’t have the drug problems plaguing our society today; didn’t have the gangs that now terrorize neighborhoods; and we didn’t have the welfare system that exists today.

My generation remembered the depression and gave to our children what we lacked in our youths. I can still remember being taught how to conserve, recycle everything until it disappeared, and preserve everything we ate. Our children never had to do these things so were not taught the values of being conscious of our carbon footprints. Our children learned to become good consumers and often were not given ‘chores’ to learn the value of a dollar. Our children also may not have learned self-pride by a job well done, how to set goals to achieve self-respect, or to give themselves something to work for.

Our grandchildren grew up expecting their means of living to be given to them without earning them. Not being taught the values we had, grandchildren have been raised clueless regarding the value of money, idealistic goals, honoring the elders, self-respect, etc. Today, a lot of the grandchildren are growing up with grandparents and some are angry because the parents are often not on the scene. If today’s young people are not living with parents or grandparents, they share living quarters with friends all living in one house, bum off friends or relatives, stay in their cars, on the streets …. Is our generation responsible for some of what is happening in our young societies today? Perhaps.

I look at the animal kingdom and think about how each generation passes on traits and habits that allow them to survive and how they don’t pollute their environment. Yet, we humans, being the higher form of intelligence, seem to have problems with passing down good habits, have a hard time adapting to their environment while polluting it, are greedy and show anger when they don’t get what they want. or are just plain angry and have the need to strike out or hurt someone or something.

Watching my bees, I know them to be compassionate and intelligent, each knowing what needs to be done to survive and do their part. It is extremely hard work being a honeybee – for the most part because it has to live with humans and their bumbling efforts at exploiting the bee. Humans can learn from the honeybee. But even in beekeeping, humans often take the easy, cheap way out without honoring the bee. They often look upon the honeybee as a commodity and not as a sentient being.

The more I know people, the more I enjoy my bees. At least, when I get stung, I’m not surprised.

Apitherapy & Other News

Apitherapy ClassI had open heart surgery 4 weeks ago to replace a genetically faulty heart valve. One of the diagnoses I received during pre-op was Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCO is a disorder affecting a lot of women and can cause difficult menstrual cycles, weight gain, infertility, high testosterone level, diabetes, resistance to insulin, etc. These things have been my issues since puberty. Researching this disorder and through personal experience, I have a better understanding of hormones and how the cortisol from the adrenal glands affects bee venom, PTSD, depression, etc., especially in chronic illnesses. I need spine surgery and stinging myself several times for back pain helped with the pain. But at the time, unbeknownst to me, the cortisol was doing me harm. I already had an understanding of what cortisol did for PTSD after doing intensive research when the VA Hospital diagnosed me in 2003. PCO puts a whole other spin on the subject.

I will endeavor to add this information on the Bee Venom portion of the Apitherapy PPT which will extend the afternoon of Bee Venom in my Apitherapy Course. From personal experience I have learned that cortisol is my enemy – in many ways. I can understand how it would affect someone with chronic illness, including Lyme disease.

The 2017 Apitherapy Class will be Saturday and Sunday, April 29 & 30 from 9-5. The cost is $295 and will include my book, Apitherapy – From a Beekeeper’s Perspective, and all supplies done in the hands-on workshops. Click here to pay and register. You will receive an email with further details after the April 15th cutoff date.

BEe Perspective Beekeeping

Friday through Sunday, May 19, 20, & 21 will be the first BEe Perspective Beekeeping Class, with one of those days the class will be in my apiary. You will learn how to check to see if you need to go into the hive, how to listen to your bees, and better understand why I don’t have to treat for Varroa. You will also learn to create both formulas in your kitchen for honeybee health. The cost is $295, which will include my book Bee Perspective Beekeeping. Click here to pay and register for the beekeeping class.

You will receive an email with further details after the May 8th cutoff date.

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All classes will have a $30 fee cancelling if class is canceled prior to class cutoff dates. There is no refund after the cutoff dates.

For Accommodations and Directions to both classes, click here and scroll down the page.