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Beekeepers traumatised and counselled after hearing animals screaming in pain after bushfires

Beekeepers checking on hives are some of the first people into fire-ravaged forests, and are not prepared for the traumatic sights and sounds of wounded and suffering animals.

NSW Apiarists Association president Stephen Targett said the situation in north-eastern NSW was “truly devastating” to beekeepers and extremely traumatic.

“It’s doing their heads in, the screaming animals, the animals that are in pain, that are crying out in the forest, it’s absolutely horrific,” Mr Targett said.

“One beekeeper employs some young people and it has really traumatised them.

“So the beekeeper has arranged counselling for these young beekeepers who went into the forest and he won’t allow them back into the forest for a period of time.

Concern for mental health

The impact of the drought and now bushfires has worn beekeepers down.

More than a million hectares has burnt in NSW since the start of this year’s bushfire season, with hives and key foraging country for bees burnt out.

Peter Matthison from Elands, south-west of Port Macquarie, estimated he had lost 70 per cent of his hives and 90 per cent of the sites he used for his bees.

READ MORE

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-20/beekeepers-traumatised-by-screaming-animals-after-bushfires/11721756?

Photo: Countless hives and millions of bees have been lost in NSW bushfires. (Supplied: Australia’s Manuka)

Registered by DoC as a wasp bait, 1080 is being gathered by bees & NZ has no accredited test for it in honey

PLEASE NOTE: If you are calling this fake news, it is DoC info acquired by OIA, in which case you are calling DoC’s own info fake.

Commiserations also to the bee keepers. I know this is not good news for you & your income. I have already been told by one bee keeper (a reliable source) who wishes to remain anonymous, that DoC dropped 1080 near their hives & cost them thousands of dollars. They could find no successful avenue of redress against DoC, none at all. By all accounts it sounded very deliberate & were it accidental there should have been some kind of compensation or insurance one would think? All I can say is folk need to be aware and protect themselves by using the precautionary principle.

EWR


Evidence: POISONING bees and the Manuka honey industry. NZ’s Dept of Conservation try to wriggle around the fact that 1080 is an insecticide – but DOC even registered it as such in NZ as wasp bait. And here we have evidence of honeybees gathering poison. NZ has NO accredited test for 1080 in honey. Do you feel safe eating honey now? Tell DOC by email enquiries@doc.govt.nz


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Is 1080 an insecticide? Here is the registration data for 1080 insect bait:
Name:Fish paste containing 10 g sodium fluoroacetate/kgCAS Number: Synonyms:1.0% 1080 Wasp Paste, 1080Approval number:HSR002425. 1080 also sold in peanut butter paste as well as pellets. Check out the factory website www.pestoff.co.nz

1080 takes 1.5 to 2 hours to kill bees, enough to complete about 4 foraging trips.


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(Above) 6 bees photographed feeding on poisoned blood pouring out cows nose = 1080 poison.
Mapara South Road, NZ. Bees fed for 6 days from 14th September 2018.
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(Above) 1 honeycomb tested Landcare Research Tongariro National Park 0.0046 ppm 1080 poison 2002 – 7 years after 1080 jam banned.

2 honeycomb samples tested LR Lab Tongariro National Park 0.009 ppm 1080 poison 2003 – 8 years after 1080 jam banned. No further 1080 tests despite this obvious threat to consumers.

Other toxins found in bees from DOC “pest control” operations.
32 dead bees, washed prior to analysis 7.86 ug/g pindone
37 dead bees, washed prior to analysis 4.03 ug/g pindone
52 dead bees, washed prior to analysis 3.64 ug/g pindone
25 live bees, washed prior to analysis 0.74 ug/g pindone

1 of 2 bees found dead 90.3 ug/g pindone

The highest concentration of 1080 detected in the honey was 15 ppb and subsequent tests showed a gradual decay down to 3 ppb after 59 days. The honey source that the samples were taken from would have eventually gone on sale after 16 weeks, hence there would not have been any detectable level of 1080 in the sale product, although under different circumstances, this time could be considerably shorter. Zero studies were done to see if the 1080 samples “lost” 1080 due to the toxin binding to the plastic sample pots – 1080 is well known for binding. What this could mean is the samples tested lower over time while the drums of honey remained high and were then sold.


1080 IN HONEY FROM POSSUM BAITS RAHOTU – TARANAKI Murray Lowe HEALTH PROTECTION OFFICER TARANAKI HEALTHCARE


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SOURCE: Save Raukumara from 1080 Facebook Page

4 Sugar Alternatives That Won’t Poison You


You may think that staying slim and eating healthfully means NO sweets, but guess what? There are natural and delicious sweeteners that won’t wreck your diet, and even have therapeutic ‘side benefits.’

No arena of health and wellness is more debatable than what we should be eating. Looking back through time, the foods that constitute a healthy diet have changed so dramatically, you can literally mark the passage of time by the coming and going of dietary fads.

  • Weight-loss clubs and diet pill popping in the 1970s
  • Cabbage soup and liquid diets in the ‘80s
  • The Zone and blood-type diets (along with lawsuits related to diet pills!) in the ‘90s
  • In the aughts, Atkins and gluten-free
  • In the 2010’s, it’s Paleo, raw, and local

Despite this obsessive focus on what to eat, Americans are fatter and in many ways, unhealthier than ever before[1]. In 2016, two-thirds of the adult population were considered overweight or obese, according to a U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services study[2]. This health epidemic spans ethnic and cultural boundaries, and is affecting more adults and children every year.

One factor that is contributing to America’s growing problem with weight is our obsession with sugar. You probably don’t need to see the results of a clinical study to believe that the more sugary calories you consume, the greater your risks of obesity[3]. What you may not know, is that what passes for sugar these days is actually a hyper-sweetened extract of one of the cheapest, most heavily-sprayed, GMO-pervasive crops on the planet.

READ MORE

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/4-sugar-alternatives-wont-poison-you?

Is this honey giant telling the truth?

More miracles here from the corporates: this time it isn’t DoC … getting really hard to believe anything they say these days isn’t it? …

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IS HONEY GIANT “COMVITA” TELLING THE TRUTH?

By Carol Sawyer

On September 21, 2018, Benita Martin sent a question to Comvita:

“Please advise what tests for 1080 are undertaken on your honey? I’m worried about the bees that were found on the 1080 poisoned cows and your hives are closest to the location.”

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A Comvita representative responded :

“Comvita uses Analytica Laboratories to undertake Sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) testing. Analytica are an IANZ accredited laboratory who perform a wide variety of bee product testing on behalf of the Apiculture industry.

Comvita undertook 1080 testing on a range of honey samples which were taken from honey harvested between September 2017 – March 2018 including honey from 1080 drop zones. No traces of 1080 were detected in any samples which is inline with all scientific literature which suggests the risk of contamination to bees and their products appeared to be negligible.

‘Low risk’ is a category we assign to this residue in our testing schedule, and best reflects where no verified evidence of cross contamination is known to occur. This is consistent with research we have seen elsewhere which indicated 1080 is not attractive to bees and poses no threat.”

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However the Executive Director of Analytica Laboratories said on 20 June, 2018, in an email to beekeeper Roy Arbon :

“… we are not able to test your honey for 1080 unfortunately, because we don’t have a testing method for doing so…”

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What happened between March 2018 and June 2018? Did Analytica lose their testing equipment?! Is Comvita telling the truth?

 

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If you still imagine a corporation or it’s representatives wouldn’t lie to you you need to watch The Corporation movie. You’ll find it if you scroll down our ‘Corporations’ page at the main menu. An excellent exposé of the way of corporations that will not only surprize you but will explain an awful lot of things that are going on today. When you’ve done that, do explore our 1080 pages at the main menu. There have been other posts about the contamination of honey by 1080. Use the search box or the categories drop down box at the left of the news page.

 

Honey with Turmeric: The Most Potent Antibiotic That not even Doctors Can Explain

From justherbalmedicine.com

With certainty, turmeric is one of the most popular spices in the whole world and it has extraordinary culinary and medicinal properties. It has been used in Ayurvedic, Indian, and Chinese medicine for a long period of time. This spice has a unique flavor and a deep yellow color.

People have used it as a powerful natural remedy for a variety of health problems such as respiratory issues, liver diseases, skin problems, muscle sprains, cuts and wounds, and gastric issues. What’s more, it can be highly beneficial against issues with the digestion, various types of infections, inflammations, as well as malignant tumors.

This Is Why Turmeric Is so Important for Our Health and Well-Being

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial characteristics that make it the perfect natural solution to microbes, gastritis, peptic and gastric ulcers, and H. pylori.

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http://justherbalmedicine.com/honey-turmeric-potent-antibiotic-not-even-doctors-can-explain/

Hungry Bees 1080 Poison Risk to NZ Honey Says DoC

Published on Nov 18, 2017

1080 poison is a broad-spectrum pesticide spread across New Zealand’s forests and waterways to kill possums and rats, but insects like bees are also falling to this in-discriminant mass-poisoning campaign.
See our 1080 pages at the main menu for further info and links to the Graf Boys’ sites and YT channel plus more info on 1080 use in NZ. 
Header Photo Credit: Carol Sawyer

With growing cracks in the 1080 edifice the censorship scramble is ramping up

The outrage is growing as the glaring cracks in our ‘clean green’ image get too big to disguise!

Last week my site some may recall was hacked & a piece on the Green Party’s 1080 stance DELETED which was not clever as it merely moves the formerly conspiratorial belief in the existence of a ‘thought Police’ (for some) to, well … factual evidence doesn’t it? Not only was it removed from this site, it had just previously been taken down off Facebook. Please ask yourself ‘why?’

So the cracks are widening ever so gradually & like the proverbial dam stoppage the establishment are dashing hither and yon running out of proverbial fingers to stop up the leaks. I’ve said this before, this site gets literally thousands of views & shares on 1080, hundreds on other pressing issues and some only tens. The 1080 poison issue is by far the one that Kiwis are most angry about.  And the issue that clearly is also policed by trolls who endeavour periodically to convince me that 1080 is harmless stuff you’ll find in your morning cuppa, after all it is derived from camellia leaves they tell me. As if we have never read a piece of scientific data in our lives. I’ve also said before I don’t entertain or invite long convoluted time wasting-discussions on the pros of 1080 poison. If you have those views, head off to mainstream media and discuss them where they’re the status quo. Some of us would prefer to eliminate pests with eco friendly methods, period.

Anyway a recent piece of good news comes from a certain bus company in the Wellington region that placed 1080 ads on its buses. Ads that provoke one to think about the science behind poisoning and the possibility of alternatives for conservation. This piece of news serves two purposes actually. One that there was somebody willing to put their money where their mouth is & tell the world what’s really happening with the poisoning program and how it is threatening to damage our export base (aside from ruining our ecosystem). And secondly, the fact that the ads are now being taken down through opposing pressure, proves my initial point, the thought Police are alive & well. The ads aren’t lies but it’s preferred it seems that we the public don’t draw our own conclusions about that. Please share this information far and wide. I’ve heard it’s already gone global. It becomes more farcical by the day, the outrage growing as the glaring cracks in our clean green image get too big to disguise. 

Following is Carol Sawyer’s post on the anti-1080 bus ads (slightly edited):

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The header image shows the “Kea” bus, in Courtenay Place, Wellington around the 6th November 2017. The signs on the buses are being removed! The image above points to the possibility that 1080 is in some of our honey. 

It looks as though there has been a campaign against the ads, and one that appears to have successfully bypassed the normal channels, those being the Advertising Standards Authority.  

It appears the signs are to be removed from the buses because of the complaints. The buses are from Newlands Bus Company and Mana Coaches. If people want to let the companies know they support the signs they should phone MetLink & let them know (details below).

They seem grateful for the calls, and have been flooded with complaints, so a lot of praise is needed as a counterbalance !!!

Absolutely no bad language or threats.

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MetLink ( 0800-801-700 ) who handle complaints, etc for Newlands/Mana is is the best place to phone. Let them know you are extremely impressed with their bus advertisements, on Keas and honey, and congratulate them on their free-thinking and progressive attitude. 

Alternatively email them:
Contact Us | Newlands Coach Services
Coach Hire Porirua Quotes@manacoach.co.nz Paraparaumu ManaCharters@manacoach.co.nz Newlands Newlands@newlands.co.nz

NEWLANDS.CO.NZ
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Battle of the bees between manuka honey giant Comvita and Northland beekeepers

This makes me feel less inclined to be purchasing from this corporation. Corporations tend not to be ethically/people friendly given their absolute bottom line is PROFITS (watch ‘The Corporation’ a movie you can find on our Corporations pages) … in fact their legal obligation is first and foremost to their shareholders, not you or any warm, fuzzy values like supporting your kids’ employment or sharing resources. Corporations can be outright evil entities in terms of the lengths they will go to to be top dog, and if you mess with them they have bottomless bank accounts (due to their emphasis on profits) to drag you through lengthy court processes as you gradually use up all your surplus dollars and eventually go bust. The Crown is very good at this too. They used it historically to acquire vast tracts of indigenous lands, all well documented. They’re still at it. So… consider carefully which corporations you support (your NZ government is a corporation) when exercising your purchasing power.
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Photo credit: Pixabay

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From Stuff.co.nz

Manuka honey exporter Comvita is being accused of chopping down forest on disputed Maori land, snubbing protocol, and driving small-scale beekeepers out of business.

Publicly listed Comvita reaped $18.5 million from its 30,000 hives last year; a sum some locals of a tiny Kaipara town 150kms northwest of Auckland say they do not want their manuka contributing to.

They want its profit to stay in the community, but say corporate beekeepers have entered Tinopai through a minority of shareholders in one Maori land block.

Opposers of the 49 new hives have initiated “trench warfare” – digging ditches and felling trees across the bush track Comvita uses to access its remote Tinopai hives.

RELATED:
The Queen’s grocer has pulled New Zealand manuka honey from shelves
Bee bandits in Northland
Prison inmates are training to become beekeepers
* Comvita hit by poor honey season

But Comvita chief executive Scott Coulter defended its role in the local economy. “We have a majority of New Zealand-based shareholders and pay local landowners well for the use of their land,” he said.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/89293514/battle-of-the-bees-between-manuka-honey-giant-comvita-and-northland-beekeepers

1080 & Green honeycombs! … or ‘how to destroy our export base’

This information comes from Carol Sawyer regarding the effect 1080 is having on our bee population … it is not good. How can we possibly know the honey we are eating is not being affected? It’s long past time this heinous poisoning practice was stopped. Why is NZ still using it when most of the rest of the world has banned it? (See our 1080 pages & further links at the main menu).
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Header image: Kowhai-Swyncombe Rd, Kaikoura, 16 Oct, 2016 (Photo: Carol Sawyer)


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GREEN HONEYCOMBS !

8/05/2013
Hauraki Herald.
Letter to the Editor.

Dear Editor,

DOES ANYONE CARE FOR OUR OWN BEES

For without them we are lost.

Headlines… EU bans bee killing pesticides :

The EU has just placed a 2 year ban on bee-killing pesticides. (1080 is a broad spectrum pesticide –insecticide and it is fatal to bees and other insects) (Meads ) In 2008 we monitored and filmed the aftermath of the aerial 1080 drop in the Kauaeranga River. We noted that the poisoned pellets not only were present in the Kauaeranga River (Thames Water Supply) in quantity, but they had been sown right across a significant number of bee hives in the area. These cereal baits are made up of about 20% sugar so they were literally crawling with bees. This careless broadcasting of a deadly poison wrapped in an attractive food is an unsavoury practice in more ways than one.
Penny Fisher (Landcare Research) in a paper notes that in Dec 2002 Jan 2003 three honeycomb samples tested from the Taumaranui area after the Tongariro aerial drop were found to contain 1080 residues. This is dangerous practice and a sure way of destroying our export base when this poison is found in our products.
One of our organic bee keepers on the Northern tip of the Coromandel is faced with an immense problem from the 1080 aerial drop due this month. What does he do with his five hundred hives? If any of his hives are within 3 km of a 1080 drop his honey does not meet the organic qualities required for importation in many countries
Not only is this a logistics nightmare to move all the hives but his bees will probably go hungry because there is just not that many good places left on the Coromandel for bees. Many of the wild hives in our forest will not survive this attack on them by the Department Of Conservation.
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Whakatete Bay.

Graeme told me ( November, 2015 ) :

“This is a letter I got printed in the opinions column of the Local Newspaper.

After I had it printed I was rung by the President of the Bee Keepers Association. He asked me if I really had proof of 1080 being found in honeycomb samples tested. I pointed him in the right direction so he could study the Landcare papers for himself.

He was quite friendly after that and said that he had been contacted by a Coromandel Beekeeper who had complained that his Honeycomb had been stained green from the dye in the 1080 baits from a nearby 1080 drop.”

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“The oral LD50 in the honey bee is 0.8 ug/bee. Because no deaths occur within 2 hours after feeding, poisoned bees may make several foraging trips before dying.” ( Goodwin and Ten Houten, 1991 ) – and therefore take a lot of 1080 back to the hive first ! ( from “Sodium Monofluoroacetate ( 1080 ) Hazards to Fish, Wildlife and Invertebrates : A Synoptic Review”, Ronald Eisler, 1995, Page 16 ) Note – 1 ug is 1 microgram, or 1,000th of a mg or one millionth of a gram, or 1 billionth of a kg. So a honeybee can die from eating less than 1 billionth of a kg of 1080.

Carol Sawyer

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A Bee on a 1080 pellet (Photo: Lew Hore via Carol Sawyer)
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Does our Govt really want this?

 

 

This Is The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic Made Of Only 2 Ingredients!

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Turmeric a powerful antibiotic

“Unlike the synthetic antibiotics,the advantage of this medicine is that it is 100% safe and doesn’t have side effects on the digestive track.

the first ingredient which contains active material with more than 150 therapeutic Tcharacteristics is turmeric,including anti-oxidant,anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric and honey are a great combination which will increase the number of good bacteria in the bowels and it will improve digestion.

Needed ingredients:

  • 1 spoon of turmeric powder
  • 100g homemade honey

Mix all of the ingredients together and transfer them in a glass jar.

How to use the natural antibiotic?…..

Read More:

http://www.healthbringslife.com/this-is-the-most-powerful-natural-antibiotic-made-of-only-2-ingredients/

Bees and Glyphosate

Bee Poster

Currently in the Rangitikei, as in many other places, Roundup is the herbicide of choice for cleaning up weeds. Recently however, the World Health Organization (WHO) has taken recognition of the decades of independent research that warns of its health risk. WHO is warning people of the fact that it probably causes cancer. Check out the Glyphosate page on this site for further information on that.

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Roundup, the herbicide of choice that contains glyphosate and is toxic to our bees

Personally I approached the Rangitikei District Council (RDC) twelve months ago to warn them of these dangers and make known to them the vast amount of research that exists linking it with not only cancer but many other illnesses including birth defects. Now, add to this another damning factor … its toxicity to bees. Bees are essential for pollinating our plants. As the poster above conveys,experts confirm that if the bees die off, we humans could well follow. Our toxic environments are destroying the very organisms that ensure the continuation of life on planet earth.

That said, the RDC is not convinced by either the extensive research or any announcements by WHO. Currently in fact, going by the last time I heard them discuss this (March 2015) they are of the opinion that I am the only person in the Rangitikei who is concerned about this. We now have a petition that indicates there are in fact another 97 who are. Good news. If you are connected with the Rangitikei, spend any time visiting, live here or intend to, please consider signing the petition.

Watch for further updates and information on the role of bees in our food chain.

~ Envirowatchrangitikei ~