Organic Agricultural Advocate Philippe van den Bossche Reacts to One of the Largest Mass Deaths of Bumblebees Allegedly Due to Insecticides

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Philippe van den Bossche, an organic farming advocate, reacts to one of the largest mass deaths of bumblebees allegedly due to increased use of insecticides.

On June 24, organic farming advocate Philippe van den Bossche reacts to reports of one of the largest mass deaths of bumblebees.

According to an article on NBCNews.com, more than 50,000 dead and dying bees and other insects were found in a Target parking lot in Oregon earlier this week in what scientists are calling “the largest mass bumblebee death on record.”

The article says that the dead and dying bumblebees were found by Target shoppers under blooming European Linden trees in Wilsonville, Ore., according to the Xerces Society. The Xerces Society is a Portland-based nonprofit that studies bees and other invertebrates.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has been investigating the situation since the bees started falling from a cluster of 65 European Linden trees. It has been said that the bees likely represented “more than 300 wild colonies.”

“Each of those colonies could have produced multiple new queens that would have gone on to establish new colonies next year. This makes the event particularly catastrophic,” said Rich Hatfield, a member of the Xerces Society, in a released statement.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture determined the pesticide Safari is responsible for the death of the bumblebees.

Since 2005, bees have been dying in large numbers in the U.S. which has greatly reduced the number available to pollinate a lot of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.

Philippe van den Bossche, an organic agricultural advocate and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture, elaborates on how the use of these harmful pesticides will have a damaging effect on our nation’s organic food supply. “Even though these pesticides aren’t directly in contact with organic farms and foods, they are killing a necessary and helpful component to our country’s organic farms and products. These bees pollinate our vegetables and fruits. If they continue to die in mass numbers because of these harmful insecticides, the well-being of our organic food supply will be in jeopardy.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture, an agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company providing consulting services and specialty nutritional materials for use in irrigation systems and foliar applications. As an avid organic agricultural advocate, he believes that the production of healthy crops is a function of complex interaction between soil, plants and microbes.

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