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Farm kills millions of bees with illegal pesticide spraying, gets slap on wrist

Farm kills millions of bees with illegal pesticide spraying, gets slap on wrist | Environmental Science | Scoop.it
One of Florida's largest orange growers is being fined for improper use of pesticides, but the fine is shockingly low.
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How much do you think a farmer should get fined for killing millions of bees? This whole article is an agrument between Ben Hill, grower of Florida's Natural orange juice, and many beekeepers and environmentalists about the fine Ben should recieve. Ben was Accused of illegally spraying pesticides, for his oranges, that lead to the deaths of millions of bees kept by nearby beekeepers. One beekepper estimated his losses at $240,000 worth of bees and reduced honey production. As it may benefit Ben to protect his oranges, in the long run there will be many issues that will occur after the death of these bees.   

 

“That laughable penalty has environmentalists and beekeepers fuming,” reports the Miami New Times.


They believe the fine Ben recieved is not nearly enough what he should get. The loss of these bees are huge and devastating. The maximum fine was $10,000 per occurrence. They say that Ben makes $126 million annually. The fine Ben recieved accounts for 0.001 percent of the companies annual profit. Will that teach Ben a lesson to stop spraying? I dont think so. The sprayig of pesticides needs to be stopped or controlled very soon.

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For Utility-Scale Solar Industry, Key Questions About the Future by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360

For Utility-Scale Solar Industry, Key Questions About the Future by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360 | Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Large-scale solar projects are enjoying steady growth in California and the southwestern United States. But will shifting government incentives and mandates slow the expansion of this key part of the solar energy industry?
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This article dicusses what the future will be like with the use of solar panels. We are expecting to widen the use of solar panels for energy and the US is hoping to increase demand for solar panels and install them everywhere in the country. But transitioning into this is a huge step not just for America but for the whole world. There are many factors that have to be considered in order to transition into solar energy worldwide.

 

I recommend that people should read this article because this is our future. This is what life will become and the changes we make to increase our uality of life are just outstanding. The technologies being used are amazing and it is a very interesting read to see what people say about our future and how we will live.

 

Especially at my age, this is a very intresting read because i will still be around by the time these changes start to take place and i might have to live with solar energy one day. I will be using new technologies that we dont have today. It will be a different world in 70 years.  

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37 Million Dead Bees bring Strong Warnings

37 Million Dead Bees bring Strong Warnings | Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Which path will we take to protect pollinators from our current agricultural practices?
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This article talks about the big problems and issues that will take place once bees have died off. One beekeeper, David Schuit lost 37 million honeybees due to a chemical, neonicotinoids, that is sprayed on tabacco plants that protects it from insects. This mass killing of bees is a huge problem and if bees continue to be poisoned in the future, will lead to huge agriculture problems, food security and public policy. We need to rethink our agriculture pratices and prevent sprying poisons all over our plants that can kill over 100,000 bees. In order to save our bees quickly and to save our agriculture we need to think about how we grow our crops and what we are really doing to the bees. The bees are not just alerting us about themselves, but they are alerting us to much bigger and complex issues. 

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