by F. William Engdahl
For most of us, insects such as flies or mosquitoes or wasps are nuisances to be avoided. Yet if the latest studies are any indication, we may be in danger of massive elimination of vital insects that maintain nature's balance.
The consequences to life
on this planet are only now beginning to be seriously considered.
Among other conclusions
the study found that over 40% of insect species are threatened with
The authors explain,
The study notes recent
analyses that indicate that extensive usage of pesticides is the
primary factor responsible for the decline of birds in grasslands
and aquatic organisms such as fish or frogs in streams.
Especially alarming were the declines in bee populations, especially bumblebees.
Since 1980 they found that wild bee species in Britain declined by 52% and 67% in the Netherlands. In the United States, the country which pioneered intensive agribusiness and wide use of chemicals after World War II, they found that wild bees were declining in 23% of the country between 2008 and 2013, mainly in the Midwest, Great Plains and the Mississippi valley.
These were the areas where grain production, particularly GMO corn for biofuel production using glyphosate and other chemicals was prevalent.
Overall the USA went from a peak in 1947 of six million honey bee colonies, down to less than half or some 2.5 million colonies today.
The decline began immediately as widespread agriculture use of the organochloride insecticide DDT was employed.
Decline has continued
unabated even after DDT was banned in 1972 in the United States as
DDT was replaced by glyphosate-based alternatives and other
As the report notes,
The study concludes among other sobering points that,
The far most widely used
herbicide in the world today is glyphosate and Monsanto Roundup
based on glyphosate.
From the 1980s when monitoring began to 2017, some 97% of monarch butterflies had disappeared. Then from 2017 to today another 85% decline was registered.
The scientists claim the
intensive agriculture use of pesticides,
herbicides is the main cause.
This, combined with earlier studies linking the group of neonicotinoid pesticides to bee deaths, suggest we need an urgent review of the toxins being widely applied to our agriculture crops.
Notably, the world's
largest purveyor of both neonicotinoids and of glyphosate-based
Roundup today is the
merged giant Monsanto/Bayer.
A world without birds and bees would be one of catastrophic damage to all life on our planet. Without insects, entire ecosystems collapse.
Rather than solving world hunger as the agribusiness industry likes to claim, their promotion of select pesticides such as glyphosate threaten to destroy the food system.
Nobody in their right
mind would want to do that, would they?