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George studied Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas, Austin and started Austin’s first organic nursery in 1971 before organic was cool. He has considerable knowledge in all areas of food production, including the proper care and feeding of animals for food. He has a deep understanding of the principals of agriculture and nutrition. We think you’ll find George a delight to spend time with.
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-Nicotinoids and solenids produced by tobacco plants speeds up the electrical interplay from the ganglion to the synapse. Neonicotinoids make the synapse continually wired, are thousand times more harmful than nicotine, 10-11 times more than DDT. Very harmful to insects, especially pollinators. Scrambles the ability of any kind of flying insect to know where it is. Bees can’t find their way back to the hive and the colony dies. A million bee colonies in France died within weeks of its introduction by Bayer in 1990s.
-Neonics are used globally on food and flower crops, but not on organic crops. Neonic residues leach into soil and water, will kill at parts per trillion. The problem from neonics is hidden from the public and blamed on bee hobbyists and mites.
-Without insect pollinators, we’re losing the ability to grow many plants. Almond, orange, fruit tree growers scrambling to find bees. Between 2005-2015, we have lost 10-20 million commercial colonies.
-Graham White is the crusader against neonics. Beekeeper associations have been infiltrated and bribed.
-Before buying plants, ask what insecticides have been used on them. Is it chloroprid? Most commercial seeds are treated with neonics before being grown. Buying plants grown from neonic treated seeds spreads the neonic and perpetuates the problem.
-Wind pollinated non-organic corn, soy, wheat are sprayed with neonics. Non-GMO crops are being sprayed with glyphosate to dry down the crops.
-Spelt being grown in central Texas because it’s not contaminated with herbicides.
-GMOs causing ADD, allergy, kidney problems in people.
George Altgelt on new research on the reasons for colony collapse Disorder in bees, August 28, 2017
August 30, 2017 @ 1:44 pm LucyL
I like Mr. Altgelt, but he didn’t answer Patrick’s question – if the Neonicotinoids have been in use since the 90’s, why aren’t we in massive famines due to all the pollinator death? While we all hear about the massive bee die off, I haven’t heard anyone pinpoint any food chain impacts.