On the morning of August 28th, death fell from the sky killing millions of honey-bees in Summerville, South Carolina. In the first aerial application of the pesticide, Naled, in 14 years, the county had overlooked informing Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies, an operation with 46 hives, of the plan to spray. Several hobby beekeepers who weren’t on the local mosquito control registry also lost their hives, bringing the total loss to approximately 3 million bees.
The spraying was in response to four local residents being diagnosed with the Zika virus, which is mostly transmitted through the bite of the infected Aedes species mosquito. Serious fetal brain defects, including microcephaly, are thought to be caused by Zika. Gullian-Barre syndrome, which affects the nervous system causing extreme muscle weakness, is also strongly associated with the Zika virus.
As of September 14th, all confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the United States are travel related, with the exception of Miami, Florida. There, pregnant women, women of reproductive age, and their partners are all encouraged to be tested for the virus.
Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply has responded to their loss in the healthiest way they can, deciding to move forward by focusing on educating the public. They have created a GoFundMe campaign designed to fund an educational program.
Certainly, the Zika virus is a cause for concern, but before taking impetuous actions, the long term and widespread consequences of solutions should be thoroughly considered and weighed by responsible objective parties. The accidental extermination of millions of the earth’s vital partners in sustainability has created an uproar, and continued attention to the issue by regular citizens might make all the difference in the world.
By Anonymous Local Concerned Citizens