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ROBO BEES OR HONEY BEES | Big Box Decision | OrganicHangout.com

You have probably heard in the news that bees are getting extinct. As an organic gardener this is both saddening and of great concern. It appears we are faced with a choice of ROBO BEES OR HONEY BEES.

Even if you don’t like bees I think we can all grasp the seriousness of the fact. This is important for everyone on the planet.  A new report determines your Big Box Stores could have a global influence. Importantly, whether honey bees will have global robot bee competition.

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Last month, it was reported that Robo bees, which can actually pollinate artificially have been developed by Japanese researchers. The likely motivation is the fact that 40% of the bee species, our natural pollinators are near extinction. This is crazy!

The major factor driving this extinction is the unjust uncontrolled usage of pesticides in conventional agriculture. A recent report entitled “Swarming of the Isles” shared by Friends of the Earth, made the following discovery. Among the 25 top food retailers, 20 have failed to protect bees. This also includes the consumers effected by toxic pesticides. Making this clear both the bees and consumers effected. Obviously this is a leading cause of bees decline.

Although the food route to retailers are committed to sustainability and social responsibility. This study says it turns out that the majority (Big Box Stores) were unsuccessful in decreasing the use of pesticides in those they were supplied with. Does that sound like a refusal to cut back on toxic pesticides? Does this concern you? How concerned do you think are they?

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ROBO BEES OR HONEY BEES | BIG BOX DECISION

An Answer | Organic Agriculture Help

Maybe the answer is organic agriculture. The retailers should have to support more American farmers making the transition to organic. This is the triple win. For the pollinators, farmers,. and all the rest of us.

Unlike regular or conventional agriculture, organic prefers utilizing 50% additional bees rather than using toxic pesticides.

Wouldn’t it be great if these food retailers phase out toxic pesticides and expand organics to distinguish themselves from the pack. “Food retailers could work their suppliers to illuminate pollinator toxic pesticides and expand the domestic market”, Lisa Archer, Director of the Friends of the Earth food and agriculture team states.

From 2016 to 2017 a huge 8.4% food retailer sales increase with the chief impact in the organic sector, beating the sales increase of the overall market. The bad news is they have increasing losing market market share comparing US farmers to imports. The bad news is the losing domestic market share is increasing when comparing US Farmers to Imports.

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ROBO BEES OR HONEY BEES | BIG BOX DECISION

AN ORGANIC SHIFT

Amazingly The US is responsible for 50% of the organic sales worldwide. However the organic farm land represents only 4% of the global farmland. In order to realize a US  non-toxic food system there must be a serious commitment to organic farm land & homegrown organic products. Extra emphasis need to be made on homegrown organic products. This commitment to organic farm land and homegrown organic products need extra emphasis.

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Whole Foods In The Lead SAYS STUDY

In the scorecard shown by the study, Whole Foods is leading the other food retailers in three categories

  1. reducing usage of pesticides
  2. stocking organics
  3. implementing a transparent policy.

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On the contrary, its parent company, Amazon, was rated “F” in the same categories.

Publishing the scorecard was motivated by the mounting consumer pressure on food vendors to adopt more environmentally-friendly policies.

This effort is in support to the targeted 15 percent increase in overall organic offerings by 2025, eliminating the usage of pesticides that are toxic to both bees and consumers.

Whole Foods is one of the six companies included in Friends of the Earth’s report that stated a clear mission and commitment to meet the current demand of consumers for organic products. The other five companies are Albertsons, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Target, and Walgreen’s.

Many other food retailers included in the Swarming of the Isles report are competing in selling organic foods but only a few have expressed their commitments.

The first release of their report was in October 2016, The organization Friends of the Earth noticed that the food traders have shown more transparency and commitments to expand organic products.

ROBO BEES OR HONEY BEES | BIG BOX DECISION

SUMMARY

The key to solving this World Wide problem is participation. Awareness is key to relay the importance that bees are  vital to food system. The real issue is to determine & take action motivated by the consequences of killing off a vital part so integral to the food system.

The Robo Bees and the consequences certainly cannot be determined fully. However, the impact to the Earth has yet to be determined. We know one thing for sure. Man, has a terrible track record when it comes to being a custodian of the Earth. Our determination has more to do with short term profit versus eternal thinking. There goes the rub.

Let’ do better.

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2 Comments

  1. BryanBryan

    What an eye opening article. I know that the bees are under threat from natural pests but what chance do they have against man and his pesticides?

    Would it not be great if producers had to state on the box if pesticides, hormones or GM items were used in the production of their product? It would give us the right to decide if we want to support the indiscriminate use of hazardous products that harm us and nature.

    • Robert ClackRobert Clack

      Hi Bryan. Thanks for the comment.

      You are so right. Man is much more than a pest. We seem to think that we can just do whatever we want when we want. When will we grow up?

      Truth in labeling, I am all for it. Don’t see it in the United States though. To many financial obstacles. Other peoples money at stake. SAD.

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