I can only offer a first hand view and account of the situation,
I have, for years now, been involved with Ag, with family and on my own,
I dont stand out, I dont sell at the markets, I raise and produce for my own consumption.
We have trees, tillable acreage, livestock and are actively involved in varying degrees each year with production in each of those depending upon
Pollination problems surfaced a few years back along with the loss of the bees,
although there has been a slight increase in hive count from an almost complete anniilation we are still struggling to restore a hardy bee
When we see 'any' bee it's a sign of hope, even in the slightest, and hopefully some day soon we'll be able to see a nice swarm again. If youve
never seen a colony swarming around a queen in transport, let me say it's a pretty amazing sight.
Our reliance on bats is also very welcomed and very key to pest control, for sure.
I stay pretty vigilant on their 'areas of occupation' and do my best to direct them to where I want them live.
Of course they sneak into the attic of the house, and sometimes invade an end of the barn and chicken coop,
but it was always because they were running out of room in their 'houses' specifically built for them.
Last year, 2009 between the 5 locations set up for them, I thought I noticed fewer, I wasnt sure.
I was still seeing them at dusk and early morning leaving and returning for feedings and there seemed to be the hundreds I was used to.
Yes hundreds, misquito free nights and chigger free days are always welcome here.
But this year, 2010 I can for sure say something is happening,
I have around 50 +/- a few.
I have no dead bodies,
nothing has tampered with or damaged their homes, (they return to the scent of their feces),
and the four farms around me have also noticed a change.
I will say I have noticed an increase in the black bee, very slight, but an increase none the less.
I'm hoping next year will be better, I save my own seed, I dont use chemicals, I combination plant certain crops,
maintain my orchard well, and have enjoyed good yields and storage yearly,
this year though,
There is nothing but truth in what youve posted here Slayer, a very dangerous, deadly and lumpy truth.
These un-natural tamperings will reveal themselves in our collective health internally and in our external appearances, soon enough, if left
Thanks for the awareness promotion, youve done a good thing here.