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Why Are the Bees Dying?

On nearly every clear day, planes fly over my area and leave trails of some unknown substance in their wake. Could it be alumina? Could it be sulfates? Could it be...?

I am a scientist, but I am not familiar with the biological intricacies of bees. I wonder if whatever they are spraying into our atmosphere is what is causing the major catastrophe in the very important bee population. I assure you that this is a valid scientific question.

Earlier in the year, I submitted a FOIA request to the EPA requesting information on the nature of the trails that I so often witness emanating from airplanes in the air above where I live. The request was fruitless. The government refuses to tell us what chemicals are being used.

Are these massive bee deaths precedented? Or is this a unique occurrence? If not, what is different this year? Certainly, this is the first year I've witnessed airplanes leaving non-water vapor trails that span the visible sky. Could whatever they are spraying be the cause of the bee deaths?

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are they really dying?

I have an unused barbeque sitting on my balcony... Every year the bees come and make a home of it.

I just went out there today and a new bunch of bees have made it their home.

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Yes, they are really dying.

As for what they are spraying, who friggin' knows? But the bees are dying. I think a lot of it is due to "mass farming" techniques. Bess communicate using a dance - they tell each other how to get to the flowers then they all go get pollen and come home. Nowadays, bees are trucked all over the country, following the crops. Rather than have a diet of varying pollens, the bees are forced to eat only one thing for a while, then trucked to the next crop and forced to eat nothing but it. I suspect the bees are suffering a form of malnutrition, and some of them may just be getting lost from being moved so often. The problem is much worse with the big aviaries that truck the bees around.

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