Originally posted by KellyJay
Fine, do you have any you'd like to suggest on the topic?
The cause of the bee decline, at least in the UK and at least for bumblebees;
"...Changes in agricultural techniques have meant that there are far fewer wildflowers in the landscape than there used to be, meaning that many of our bumblebee species are struggling to survive. ..."
-no mention of GM their!
and what about this for the causes of decline of honey bees;
"...Many believe that our increasing use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, which honeybees ingest during their daily pollination rounds, are largely to blame. Of particular concern is a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. Commercial beehives are also subjected to direct chemical fumigation at regular intervals to ward off destructive mites.
Genetically modified crops were ONCE a suspect, but there is NO clear evidence of a link between them and CCD
...." ( My emphases + CCD means “colony collapse disorder” )
This I have known about for many years but many people persist with this debunked myth.
and what about this;
"...Loss of flowers/food
One of the most important factors restricting bee populations is food availability, particularly in urbanized and agricultural settings. Land conversion to housing, roads, and other human infrastructure restricts and isolates patches of flowering plants. Intensively farmed regions with mass-flowering crops provide insufficient resources for bees which require nectar and pollen throughout the foraging season. Wild habitats are exhibiting similar deficits due to climate change.
Flowers are the watering holes of the pollinator world, offering a place for individuals (and their parasites) to come into contact with each other. By experimentally manipulating the foraging sequence of two bee species (A. mellifera and B. terrestris),
Graystock and colleagues (2015) illustrated that flowers act as reservoirs for parasites, facilitating transmission between and within bee species.
When flowers are abundant, pollinators select their 'favorite' (most energetically efficient) flowers and therefore are less likely to share flowers with other species. As flower abundances decline due to habitat loss and/or climate change, pollinators (regardless of how specialized they are initially) forage from a greater diversity of plants, potentially coming into contact with many more individuals and increasing parasite transfer.
Climate change poses an increasing threat to bees as global warming and its impacts accelerate. Unlike many other organisms, many bees are not tracking these changes. For instance, bumble bees, the group of bees for which we have the most complete biogeographical data, appear to be in a climate change vice.
the bottom line is that there are several if not many causes for the decline and we have evidence for several with the main suspect being reduction in flower population and, although we have evidence of several other significant causes, there is no credible evidence that I have ever seen that GMO is one of them and, at best, IF GMO does contribute to the decline, given the fact we have evidence of all those other causes that can explain the decline just fine (+ there are some other pretty good reasons to be suspicious of the anti-GMO claim which I can explain here on request ), it is reasonable to assume GMO is likely at best to be only a miner contributor to the decline.
You see, I have done my personal research on bee decline a long time ago by going to the REAL scientific websites.
As for what I "like to suggest on the topic", if your are interested in the topic, I suggest just reading, like I have done, the above links and learn something interesting new things about it like I have done; that is what I suggest on the topic.