by Taetske | 11:30 am
(Last Updated On: April 22, 2020)

 

Pesticides are harming the brain of bumblebee babies

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 Bee collecting pollen

Bee collecting pollen

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The harmful effects of pesticides

When I read this story, I felt saddened. Once more the bees are suffering and now even baby bees suffer. Living on my farm, I love to observe nature and enjoy the small things that happen in my garden. Whenever I see somebody drowning in one of my many fishponds, I reach with a stick or use my finger to save a little life. It might be a snail, butterfly or sometimes a bee.

I have written a couple of posts about bees and the importance of their survival, as it is linked to our survival. Their habitat is disappearing and as there is massive spraying of the crops, there are few places where they can fly around without being in danger.

The story I mentioned at the beginning of my post is upsetting as once again it shows the harm we do to nature. Modern technology certainly has a good side and in this case has helped researchers of the Imperial College London to provide proof of something worrying. Something perhaps nobody had been thinking about before. Pesticides are bad for baby bees. How do we know?

It is possible to use micro-CT scanning technology and with this device it was discovered that in certain parts of the bee baby’s brain, abnormal development was detected when exposed to pesticide. The baby bee was not a bee yet as it still was in its larval phase. I am not a scientist but dare to say this is probably the phase of development comparable with a human embryo.

The term micro-CT scan intrigued me. What exactly is a CT scan? One hears the word often nowadays. It is a multitude of X-ray measurements taken from many angles. The result is that you get a cross-sectional image of that area. This enables you to look inside the object without the need for cutting. This device is, of course, fantastic as it allows you to look inside a human brain or other organ. This is a company which makes micro-scan machines and looking at the images on their website is amazing.

This is a lovely YouTube video where you see bees hatch. Nature is wonderful, please take your time to watch, it is only one minute.
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Bringing home poisoned food

When the grown-up bees bring home food which has been sprayed with pesticides, it affects the developing babies. They might become bees in the end but will be handicapped. An awful thought as once again we are the ones producing this harm.

Tests were made and the result of different bee colonies were compared. Those bees that gave their babies clean food produced healthy offspring, and the colony thrived. In the colonies where poisoned food was fed to the babies, slowly but surely the total bee colony would become of lesser quality as the bees were not able to fulfill their task.

The neonicotinoids, a systemic agricultural insecticide resembling nicotine used worldwide, would attach to the part of the brain responsible for learning. The bees would be less clever and would not function well in their own society, posing a risk to the survival of the group.

The pesticides brought into the hive will accumulate so you can imagine how unhealthy this environment will be for the bees.

 

Big beehive hanging in a tree

Big beehive hanging in a tree

 

The connection between bees and humans

It is said that when there are no more bees we can not survive. Humanity will be gone within 4 years. If pesticides are so dangerous for the brains of baby bees, are you starting to think on the same line as I do? What about the brains of unborn human babies? Pregnant mothers that are eating food sprayed with a pesticide will pass it on to their babies. The food a mother eats during pregnancy is of utmost importance. I have written a post on the health benefits of nuts for baby’s’ brains. 
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A tractor spraying crops

A tractor spraying crops

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Pesticides are bad for all living things

People suffer the consequences of their own inventions and pesticides are a good, albeit sad example. First there are the people who work with pesticides on a regular basis. These are the farm-workers and pesticide applicators. The symptoms are far from funny as it can mean an acute organophosphate (OP) pesticide poisoning. The symptoms can be nausea, abdominal cramps, dizziness, diarrhea, anxiety and confusion. These symptoms can be severe but with a little luck can be reversible.

People who eat sprayed foods for a longer period might not be so lucky. Wikipedia describes frightening symptoms.

The long-term effects could be cancer. A rise in leukemia, lymphoma, brain, kidney, breast, prostate, pancreas, liver, lung, and skin cancers are observed. When a mother is exposed to these pesticides at her work while pregnant, it may cause Wilms’ tumor and brain cancer. The frequent use of insecticides inside the home and using herbicides like Roundup outside in the garden could cause your child to develop blood cancer.

Pesticides have been linked to infertility issues in males, from alterations in sperm, and altered hormone function. Pesticides can cause your baby to be born with low weight and developmental defects. Pesticides and toxic substances affect your child before it is born. Later on, in life it might experience problems in learning because of a lower IQ 

After that, the choice of jobs are reduced and this new human being will be severely hindered in its possible capabilities. Pregnant women should eat organic as much as possible as this will reduce the risk by some 80%. You want the best for your baby, right?

 

A sleeping baby

A sleeping baby

 

Conclusion

I just wonder why we are doing this to ourselves and the rest of creation. Fauna, flora, and man suffer these things. Has it lowered our IQ so much already that we do not see the danger anymore? The brain of a bumblebee baby and the brain of a human baby have one thing in common, pesticides harm it. Let us get rid of this harmful invention.

I have come across this unusual story you might not know about. It is obvious that eating organic most of the time will help avoid health issues.

Have you heard of the tiny town of Mals, in Tirol, Italy?  The town of Mals is high in the eastern Alps and has grown its produce organically for hundreds of years.

In the valley, big apple producers were invading, and these companies relied on pesticides. The winds would take the toxic spray and bring it to Mals. Organic farms and lands with livestock were threatened. There came a moment when the town of Mals said stop. All the inhabitants joined in an effort to confront this disaster.

The forward-thinking mayor and a group of activists have banned the use of pesticides, making Mals the first place on Earth to do so. It is a shining example that it is possible to live a healthy and pesticide free life. This started a movement which is spreading in Europe and the United States.

The book “A Precautionary Tale” is a special book. It gives hope for the future.


 

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Source: Phys.org article on March 3. 2020, by Imperial College London

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

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Comments

FredEim88

Individuals suffer the effects of their own creations and pesticides are an excellent, albeit unfortunate example. There are the individuals who work with pesticides on a routine basis. The signs are far from amusing. This is why we should have to focus on natural solutions and reduce use of pesticides. It’s one of the biggest reason why people got cancer and other lifestyle health issues.

Apr 22.2020 | 12:03 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Fred,

    Thank you for your visit and for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Lifestyle wise, I have changed a lot over these past 30 some years. I call it my personal evolution. Living on my organic farm has opened my eyes. Writing for my 2 websites makes me even more aware of what is happening in our world. The moment we turned away from nature our problems started.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 22.2020 | 02:27 pm

Jeff

It’s true that pesticide is a harmful invention, in as much there are a few advantages of using them, the disadvantages outweigh them in my point of view, and going through your article I can see we think alike in this. The exposure to pesticides may end up damaging the immune system. People should just try to be organic.

Apr 22.2020 | 12:04 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Jeff,

    Thank you for your comment on my article. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    I live on a farm in the south of Spain. I went organic in 1981 after my personal experience with Roundup. Produce grown on the farm tastes ever so good.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 22.2020 | 02:18 pm

joshlala007

Thanks for the lovely post about the environment. I totally agree that pesticides are causing a lot of side effects on the environment and sometime they will even poison the plants or the soil as well. Not to mention human and animals which are more obvious in the long-term.

I think today more people are aware and making a change, compared to like ten years ago. People will tend to go with more organic, even though sometimes it is more expensive than the usual one. I think the community needs to be aware of this and make a difference together, thanks for the post, it is very informative as well.

Apr 22.2020 | 12:10 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Joshua,

    It is true that more and more people are waking up to the harm we have inflicted upon our environment. As we all have to stay home Mother Earth is recuperating. 

    I hope we will realize the health benefits of clean air, clean water, and organic food to our health. To get older but have no ailments is possible. For that to happen, we have to mend our ways.

    Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 22.2020 | 02:11 pm

edahnewton1

Thanks for sharing such a concise article.it is pertinent to note that pesticide has an adverse effect to human and animals(bees) ,Therefore it is important to maintain an insecticide management practice by keeping all parties informed of agricultural sprays, so that beekeepers are always aware of impending applications.

Applicators should be fully informed of the parameters required regarding location, materials, method, and timing of application.
Use integrated pest management (IPM) to maintain healthy crops and minimize pesticide use.

Apr 22.2020 | 12:13 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Edah,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    It is a good thing if all parties are informed about all the details on time. There are though certain things you cannot control. That is the weather and the bees. The wind can take the pesticide particles to places where it is not wanted. You cannot tell the bees where to go, they are free-living insects.

    We now know how dangerous pesticides are for our health so personally I do not understand why we insist on using them.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 22.2020 | 02:01 pm

Sharon

We are killing ourselves slowly, aren’t we? I grow a few types of common cooking herbs in my mini backyard. The first time I cooked with them, I can taste and smell the difference straight away. I know, you know what I mean.
Envy you, living on a farm. I missed visiting my grandparent’s fruit farm back in the days. Roamed freely, eating fruits straight from the trees. Nowadays, I wash and sometimes soak them in salted water before eating.

Apr 26.2020 | 03:44 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Sharon,

    Thank you for visiting my website again. Your comment is very much appreciated.
    Sadly we have turned away from nature inventing harmful things. How nice you have your own mini backyard where you can grow herbs. Own grown things taste the best that is for sure.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 26.2020 | 07:06 am

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