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Devastating honeybee loss reported across United States


http://youtu.be/5nO9Uaou2Nw

Via Catholic.org

Fifty percent of the domestic honeybee population is dead, the greatest single-year loss of honeybees in the United States ever recorded. The dramatic loss of the bees is expected to affect consumers.




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It's the climate.

The only crops that can be grown here are wheat, barley, and lentils. There is no water source for irrigation, so dry farming is all there is. We don't have enough water, light, or heat for corn.

Wow

A Minnesota beekeeper here on the Daily Paul. Considering how few beekeepers there are in general, that's saying something - my family is a beekeeping family; one of the largest commercial operators in the state of Minnesota.

I was attracted to Ron Paul,

because Monsanto and others would not be able to survive with a Paul in the White house. He always said he hated fascism and corporations getting propped up by government.

It looks like I am finished as a beekeeper, I can't afford replacing deadouts any longer. There used to be a lot more beekeepers in Southwest Minnesota, now there is only 1 left within 50 miles of Marshall. one I used to work with had 1300 colonies now zero, beekeepers fast becoming extinct thank you Monsanto.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Good points

Have not thought about this angle. If they are being fed junk food plus the pesticides then I could understand this.

They should be free range bees or whatever the term is.

donvino

watch the movie Frequency

Pure Propaganda, and lies

I am a bee keeper and I watched my bees fall from the sky after flying over a GMO corn field. It's Monsatan and Bayers poison killing the bees. I used to run 300 hives in 2005 today I have zero, and yes I had 25 hives within 300 feet of a large cell tower and no effects.

This crap is Propaganda sponsored by Monsatan!

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Resonance - Beings of Frequency (full documentary film)

And people too...

Bees and Monarchs

both big die offs

Please plant Flowers and plants that honey bees love. Russian sage seems to be a favorite for honey bees.

I know some honey farmers that are no where near crops and have no problem with honey bee loss, so it must be pesticides.

Bees do love Russian sage,

and caryopteris, another bushy plant like sage. The latter is great for late summer honey flow. I have lots of both, and a water feature that the bees like on hot days (keeps them home and not bothering the neighbors' dog watering dishes).

Your absolutely right

Germany outlawed the GMO's and all bee populations recovered with in two years.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

the libertarian solution

... sue the people dumping garbage on your property whatever that garbage is, if you can link the chemical signature to the poeple dumping it then sue them in court.

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Unfortunately

bees don't recognize property lines. Neither does Monsanto, unless they are suing you for their patented pollen being carried by the wind onto your crops.

The situation with the bees is troubling. I believe they are a canary in the coal mine, so to speak.

I would imagine there is a variety of things harming them. It does make one wonder how it is affecting us.

My stepdad and his neighbor across the street have gotten into beekeeping. It may just be an excuse for them to go hang out in the woods and sip fine whiskey. They both love it dearly and are planning to expand their one hive. It's kind of like aquaponics. Once you get the hive self sustainable, they pretty much take care of themselves.

When they harvest the honey, they take it across the street far away from the hive, but the bees somehow track it down and will come and recycle what is left on the of the centrifuge.

They are definitely fascinating little creatures.

Here is how my mom gets mason bees

She doesn't get honey, but wants them for pollinators in her garden and all the wildflowers she has on her place. She has over a dozen hanging all around. She just gets a 4x4 and drills a hole halfway in. The picture here is not her bee houses, this one has a decorative roof so they can sell to fools who have $40 of money to burn.

I have hesitated to hang out

these sort of houses for mason bees because we have a wasp problem even with a dozen wasp traps, and this looks like it would just encourage them.

Wasps don't use them, but Blue Dirt Daubers do

They eat Black Widow Spiders.

ok,

thanks.

Spraying the planet with

Spraying the planet with aluminum oxide doesn't help.

I work as a Pesticide Residue analyst.

Just about every bee kill I investigate, I find multiple pesticide residues.

yes and thanks

but many other insects must have the pesticide residue and yet live. Maybe it attacks the bees specifically and or uniquely?

What about grasshoppers, hornets, wasps, flies, spiders, etc ???

perhaps their proximity and exposure to the plants is not so close most of the time???

donvino

Some time during the summer take a walk in the country side

you will find their are very few birds left. And yes the spiders, bats, moths, all insects are at risk from being wiped out from the deadly Monsatan pesticides. The only one that seems to be flourishing is the target insect the root worm. All farmers are required to only plant 50% of their land with the pesticide corn. BTW Germany kicked Monsanto and Bayer out and the bee population is flourishing there. Bayer a German company can not even do business in their home land.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Thanks

I heard there are fewer birds but did not believe it. I thought there was a better deal ie food, somewhere else.

I will keep a closer look out now.

donvino

Bees bring food back to the nest

Most insects do not nest like honey bees. Most insects do not go from plant to plant to pollinate. you are comparing apples and oranges.

thanks

I am not comparing I am just ignorant. It has been some time since I took biology in college. I do recall the waggle dance of the bees though. :) How they acquire the destination for food. The other dances and motions I do not recall but I remember it was on an exam lol

donvino

bumping with concern . . .

although mason bees are more suited to the environment, the fact is that domesticated bees have been around a very long time--

and American agriculture is dependent upon them. This is really a concern.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Invasive Species

Honey bees are an invasive species. They were introduced to the Americas by Europeans. They are not the only insects, or for that matter bees, that pollinate plants. Although their increased death rate is most likely indicative of a problem, without more information on the population changes in other pollinating insects it is hard to predict the economic impact of their demise. While it might be a problem for bee keepers who depend on honey production for their income, it may not be that big of a problem for farmers. If honey bees are not dominating the pollen food chain perhaps a native species will fill the need.

without bees...

Famine would strike..

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

HFCS

I was concerned when finding out the 'food' sold to bee keepers is not made with sugar now but with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Asked my local supplier if they used it, and she replied she did now. Wonder how this effects the bees. Why does it seem they are taking every perfect, natural food and screwing it up!

So many things that could be the cause, maybe it's the combination of all of them.

Deekey

Aaaah... I'm gonna rethink my stupidity, realize bees pollinate!

*facepalm*

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

I'm Surprised

No one has mentioned any possible links to barium and aluminum salts, polymer fibers, thorium, or silicon carbide as a cause of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder).

Look for studies on bees with these chemicals. Could there be a correlation?

I think pesticides ARE the prime cause but there is more. I'm sure of it.

~Good Night, And Good Luck~