In Italy millions of bees poisoned in four days

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In Italy millions of bees poisoned in four days

In Italy millions of bees poisoned in four days. It happaned between 8 and 12 August, in just 4 days, but the news only came out these days. The news is given by Greenpeace Italy which reports the complaint against unknown persons filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office on 30 October by the National Union of Italian Beekeepers Associations.

In the complaint, the associations document the exceptional die-off of bees which took place in August in Lombardy. All municipalities located in an agricultural area where there are many fields of corn and soy, products destined to become feed for intensive farming.

From one day to the next, beekeepers found thousands of dead bees inside and outside their hives. A mortality rate of between 40% to 100%. A real massacre that probably also affected other insects, such as wild pollinators, on which there is no data.

At the request of the beekeepers the veterinarians of the health protection agencies of the areas involved and the Forestry Carabinieri who took samples to start the investigations intervened. The analyzes of the Cremonese apiaries have highlighted the constant presence of two active principles: indoxacarb and chlorantraniliprole.

They are substances that are used for various commercial formulations of insecticides, commonly used on corn and other crops. Among those responsible for this massacre is an agricultural model that focuses on intensive exploitation and synthetic chemistry, which affects pollinating insects both with insecticides and fungicides and herbicides.

Can snakes predict earthquakes?

According to Jiang Weisong snakes would be able to predict earthquakes. The scientist was the project manager of the Nanning Earthquake Bureau that monitored the behavior of these reptiles raised on a commercial farm.

According to the expert, the reptiles would be able to feel an earthquake even from 100 kilometers. So Weisong, Chinese scientist said it some time ago. Snakes, when such a catastrophic event occurs, have an unusual behavior: they try to save themselves by coming out of their nests, even during the middle of winter.

If the earthquake promises to be particularly strong, the animals hurl themselves against the walls of the enclosures within which they were kept, to look for an escape route. According to Jiang Weisong, this earthquake prediction system could be extended to many other areas of China, often devastated by large-scale earthquake events.

In short, surely in the country where snakes are used for therapeutic purposes and for traditional medicine, they may have received a new purpose.