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.
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:
Performance Nutrition Division
20 Village Court Hazlet NJ 07730
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.