International investments, global health secrets
and wealth through worldwide business are connected so here are
so more ideas on investing, business and wealth.
Some years ago our son, Jake, showed us the video
that started me thinking about an idea that affects international
investments, business and our health. The film was “Pollinators
in Peril”, a film about the declining number of honeybees
in America and its impact on our food supply. This video was filmed
by Rhett Turner, narrated by Peter Fonda and aired on Ted Turner’s
TBS station in March 2000.
The danger of the loss of pollinators
left such an impact on me that I bought the website “BeeTheWorld.com” (and
still have it) because I believe there has to be huge potential
in saving or growing bees.
But to date the right idea has not presented itself
and I have not researched …just too many other things to
do…until this week. A BBC News website article “Almond
farmers seek healthy bees” by Mark Ward struck a spark.
The article says:
“The US is in danger of running out of honey
bees to pollinate its almond crop - the country's number one horticultural
“Annually the crop is worth more than $2.5bn
and a lot of jobs depend on a good harvest,” explains Dan
Cummings, one of the directors of California's Almond Board and
head of its bee task force.
“Currently about 222,000 hectares are under
production to grow almonds. Mr. Cummings expects this to grow to
330,000 hectares over the next five years.
“Roughly two-thirds of the bees in the US
need to come to California for almond pollination," said Mr.
Cummings. "Beekeeping in the US is very much migratory."
The article explained that the price of renting
bee colonies has been rising and that the almond growth has pushed
ahead of bees.
“In 2004, beekeepers could get, on average, $54 for every hive they sent
to almond groves in California. Last year, prices peaked at about $85, and in
2006 there are reports of owners charging more than $150.”
Here is what interested me. The article says that
this crunch is being enhanced by a resurgence of debilitating attacks
from the varroa mite, a tiny parasite that stunts the growth of
bees, saps hive resources and slowly kills off the colony.
The varroa mite is an ectoparasite of honey bees,
first noted in Indonesia in the early l900s. The first varroa mite
in the US was discovered in Maryland in 1979 and in 1987 it was
detected in Wisconsin and Florida. Like all monocultures, bees
in hives that are set near together are more susceptible to disease
and now the mites have spread across the nation.
“Mite control is bound to create international
investment opportunity” I thought. “And it could certainly
help the environment and our health.”
I have been researching. There are a number of treatments for the mites. Formic
acid fumes will kill some varroa mites. Other treatments are the Apistan strip,
manufactured by Sandoz Agro Canada, Inc. This is made of fluvalinate, which
kills the mites when the bees brush up against it.
Bayer also has 20 years experience in this field.
Learn more about Bayer
and the mites
Investing in these firms though does not interest
me. First, I am not sure that a bit of extra business in the bee
divisions of Bayer or Sandoz have much impact on the share price
of these huge firms.
Secondly, many pesticides have been so widely
used that some mites are gaining resistance. But mainly, I do not
want to contribute to the use of chemicals.
My interest is finding opportunity in new, better
ways to manage mites.
One spark of interest is a small highly focused
British company Vita Europe, has developed a thymol-based treatment
derived from thyme, and vapors from oil extracted from the herb
have proved useful in killing the varroa mites.
Thymol works in a very different way from traditional
pesticides which target specific points on the nervous system.
Thymol has a much wider effect on varroa physiology and in tests
had been able to knock out more than 90% of the mites in a colony.
This type of pesticide is more difficult to become resistant.
Thymol tends to knock out both resistant and non-resistant
varroa mites, so beekeepers could use it in rotation with established
treatments to keep the numbers of parasites under control.
Vita's anti-varroa treatment is now undergoing
certification in the US and could be in wide use for the 2007 crop.
more about this.
I could not find any lists for Vita Europe shares
and have emailed the finance director asking. I’ll keep you
The University Wageningen in The Netherlands has
written about a system developed by Johan Calis, Joop Beetsma,
Willem Jan Boot, Jan van den Eijnde, Aad de Ruijter and Sjef van
der Steen in its Entomology Department.
They call this the Darreraat Methode or "drone
comb method" which adds manpower but is totally non-resistible
and chemical free.
For more details can be found
West Virginia University
also reports progress on the use of essential oils to kill varroa
mites in two ways.
1) Toxicity by direct contact: When varroa mites contact essential
oils such as wintergreen, patchouli, tea tree oil, et al.,
mixed into oil or grease, they are killed on contact--usually
within a few minutes.
2) Impaired reproduction via feeding syrups containing
essential oils: When varroa mites feed on larvae that contain essential
oils, their reproduction is interrupted. If the oil is strong enough,
the females are unable to lay eggs. If the oils are in lower concentration,
eggs are layed, but development of immature mites is delayed; young
mites do not reach maturity before the bees emerge from the cell;
consequently, the immature mites die.
More on this is available
I’ll keep researching and would love to
hear anything any of you know.
The fundamentals are clear. #1; Pollution has
killed almost all native bees. #2: Agriculture needs colonized
bees to operate. #3: Without bees agriculture stops and mankind
will be in a pickle.
I believe there is going to be growing opportunity
Until next message, good international investments
P.S. We will look at export opportunity in special
organic, seven year aged shamanic honey at our upcoming Import
There are many export opportunities in Ecuador
like this wild Cat’s Claw (Una del Gato) that grows everywhere