“Millions of honeybees are left to bake to death in Delta Airlines cargo crate after shipment bound for Alaska was diverted and left on hot tarmac in Atlanta,” Dr. Jessica Rose wrote in her substack newsletter.
Hey @Delta, Let’s talk about the birds & the bees… how can you let this fly?
— Te𝕏asLindsay™ (@TexasLindsay_) May 3, 2022
While there’s growing talk of mysterious occurrences happening at food processing plants, another suspicious report has gone unnoticed by nearly everyone.
Dr. Jessica Rose explains the importance of bees for our food supply:
For anyone who doesn’t know the value of bees, (besides their inherent value that has nothing to with humans exploiting their existence), I invite you to learn. Besides being food providers, essential to the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature and sustainable farming, they are the best little pollinators around. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Honey bees are among the most important of the over 4,000 species of bees in the United States alone, and 20,000 species of bees worldwide!
The people at Friends of the Earth claim that bees
- Help produce 1/3 of our food supply
- Help provide ½ of the world’s fibers, oils, and other raw materials
- Help create many medicines
- Provide food for wildlife
- Help prevent soil erosion
Food supply, eh?
The importance of bees cannot be overstated.7 8 9 10 11 12 13
It is with great sorrow that I convey this report on what is estimated to have been 5 millions of bees being slowly cooked alive on a truck recently, due to… what? Human error? Well, you had one job. Don’t kill all of the bees. You failed. If this atrocity was done with intention, well, let’s leave the fates of responsible to mother nature, shall we?
Delta Air Lines diverted a shipment of five million honeybees bound for Alaska to Atlanta and left the bee shipment out on a hot tarmac. Local beekeepers tried to come to the rescue, but very few survived. “This is just such a waste, an absolute tragedy.” https://t.co/Zc3dRi3XkB
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 1, 2022
— Ontheline (@BillOntheline) April 30, 2022
USA Today reported:
About 5 million honeybees bound for Alaska last weekend got waylaid when Delta Air Lines routed them through Atlanta, where most of the bees died after being left for hours in crates on the ground during hot weather.
The bees were the first of two shipments ordered by Alaska beekeeper Sarah McElrea from a distributor in California. The bees were to be used to pollinate apple orchards and nurseries in Alaska, where they are not native.
But the bees were bumped from their original route to Anchorage, Alaska, and instead put on a flight to Atlanta, where they were to be transferred to an Anchorage-bound plane, according to published reports.
McElrea said she worried when the 800-pound shipment didn’t arrive in Atlanta in time to make the connecting flight. The next day, she said, Delta told her some bees had escaped, so airline workers put the crates holding the bees outside a Delta cargo bay.
In a panic, McElrea reached a beekeeper in Atlanta, who rushed to the airport and discovered that many of the bees had died from heat and starvation, according to The New York Times.
Delta called it an “unfortunate situation.”
In an emailed statement, Delta spokeswoman Catherine Morrow told The Associated Press on Friday that the airline “was made aware of the shipment situation … and quickly engaged the appropriate internal teams to assess the situation. We have taken immediate action to implement new measures to ensure events of this nature do not occur in the future.”