Common Dreams has an excellent article discussing causes of autism in our children and connecting these causes with the disappearing bees.

We need the bees - stop pesticide use!

I know that the incidence of autism is increasing at an alarming rate. Along with other environmental factors that are occurring now, I have to say that I am glad that my childbearing years are in the past.

However, my sons are having kids, so I have to be concerned, not to mention that it pains me when anyone suffers from any of the afflictions that have become so common during my lifetime; the array of cancers, ms, ADD, autism, ad infinitum.

The article on autism brought out some alarming statistics; I don’t know what they are doing in Utah, but I would not go there if I was pregnant. The article says the rate of autism in boys in that state is 1 in 32; 1 in 54 boys nationally; for girls in the U.S. the rate is 1 in 252.

“How does this relate to vanishing bees and our food supply?  Two new studies, published simultaneously in the journal Science,  show that the rapid rise in use of insecticides is likely responsible for the mass disappearance of bee populations.   The world’s food chain hangs in the balance because 90% of native plants require pollinators to survive.”

“The brain of insects is the intended target of these insecticides.  They disrupt the bees homing behavior and their ability to return to the hive, kind of like “bee autism.”   Human and insect nerve cells share the same basic biologic infrastructure.  Chemicals that interrupt electrical impulses in insect nerves will do the same to humans.  But humans are much bigger than insects and the doses to humans are  miniscule, right?”

“During critical first trimester development a human is no bigger than an insect so there is every reason to believe that pesticides could wreak havoc with the developing brain of a human embryo.   But human embryos aren’t out in corn fields being sprayed with insecticides, are they?  A recent study showed that every human tested had the world’s best selling pesticide, Roundup, detectable in their urine at concentrations between five and twenty times the level considered safe for drinking water.”

“The autism epidemic and disappearing bees are real public health emergencies created by allowing our world to be overwhelmed by environmental toxins.  Environmental protection is human protection, especially for the smallest and most vulnerable among us.”

Read the article in Common Dreams. The article is not too long, and really makes you think. What is the future of the human race and the other species we share the planet with? Do we even have a future? I have become more pessimistic as time goes on.

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