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'Colony Collapse Disorder' Threatens Bees, US Agriculture

Bees are critical to ensuring our food supply, yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over thirty percent of our agricultural crops depend on bees for pollination, and bee pollination means about $15 billion in agricultural production for the United States. But the number of bee colonies has fallen by 45 percent in the last 60 years. In 2006, US beekeepers noticed something they've never seen before -- massive bee die offs. Every year since 2006, one third of bee colonies in the United States disappear. This mysterious bee die off came to be called colony collapse disorder. Colorado beekeeper Tom Theobald explains explains what's behind bee disappearance and what we need to do about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zuJdY_Wrng

Another excellent video is called Nicotine Bees:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVuFvxjBbig

Honey Bees are pollinators that America needs desperately! Without them your selection at the grocery store will be greatly diminished!



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Fear not, Monsanto to the rescue. . .

We all know Monsanto is a good, reputable company with a long history of bringing wonderful things to humanity, so it is completely reasonable that they are taking on this bee problem head-on:
http://www.monsanto.com/newsviews/Pages/the-buzz-on-beologic...
also
"Monsanto acquired Divergence, Inc., a privately-held St. Louis-based biotechnology research and development company. Divergence works on controlling parasitic nematodes, including developing biotechnology traits for nematode control and nematicides with novel modes of action and superior safety profiles." http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/monsanto-history.aspx
hmmm

Monsanto stop killing my bees

no need to fix any thing just pull back on the nicotine derivative pesticides you use as a seed coating on GMO's.

So now I will use Monsanto's special bees that won't die from the pesticides! What a great idea now I can poison all my costumers without their knowledge of it!

i think it is better the bee dies don't you?

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

Michael Nystrom's picture

CCD

Also threatens the GOP! lol.

He's the man.

What a great idea

I should turn my remaining hives into bee bombs and lob them at the corrupt politicians LOL!

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

Michael Nystrom's picture

BTW

I didn't mean to make light of the CCD problem. I remember hearing quite a bit about it about 4 or 5 years ago, then not so much. Is it still a problem?

My indicator is the price of raw almonds at Trader Joe's. I know that bees are heavily involved in the pollination process of the California almond crop. So back in 2007, I figured that a pound of almonds would be about $20.00. But I was just there yesterday and made a mental note - $4.99 per lb.

So what is going on these days?

He's the man.

No offense taken,

I am the type that I must make light of a serious situation to keep my sanity.

I think 2007 was the last year I could muster enough bees to make the trip to California for Almond pollination.

Bee pollination is only 2% of the cost of bringing Almonds to market, but without them they could loose 50-75% of the crop. I seen this actually happen in 2005, it was so cold for the complete almond bloom. Bees would fly only 50 feet the rest of the trees had very few almonds. At that time the grower told me all growers had surpluses waiting to sell. Turned out to be a blessing for the growers, almond prices instantly went up.

I live in Southwest Minnesota where I see CCD every day. I used to have a thriving honey business, but now I am turning my customers away that I worked 20 years to get! I get calls from new beekeepers asking whats wrong with their bees, they are dying off mid summer. Summer is when the Bees should be doing the best.

The problem is the seed coating on GMO's, this pesticide becomes part of the plant. What is worse this built-in pesticide is being picked up by the weeds growing around the corn and soybean fields. So now all nectar is becoming toxic to the bees, they literally got now where to go that isn't poisonous to them.

It is so sad, the future for the beekeeper. I actually discouraged a young person to get into beekeeping this last summer. I used to get fired up when I could share my knowledge with someone young.

The future for Almond growers is good without the beekeeper. In 2008 I think they developed a almond tree that requires no pollination. The life cycle of the almond tree is 20 years, so there may already be groves of almonds trees that require no pollination. This will destroy the Beekeeping industry because so many rely on the almond pollination money.

If we as a nation loose the bee population, will be devastated agriculturally.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

And the EPA

is supposed to prevent pollution, more like it gives license to pollute!

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