posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 08:35 PM
Sorry I'm late to this thread, I am an apiarist. (A beekeeper.)
Life had me busy, I've read the thread, and have commented on all the recent honeybee threads. I presented a theory in several other threads that
state the reasons for CCD, and I'm so glad to see my own theory verified.
Here's the nubbin of the situation:
Imports from China and other foreign countries has reduced the feasibility for American honey producers to maintain their hives, simply for the aspect
of making honey to sell. It used to be an American product, but the Chinese can import their honey cheaper than we can.
In repsonse, honey farms started shipping hives to pollinate seasonal crops. The California Almond crop is early spring, then the Florida Peach
season during the summer, then the bees are shipped back to the owners.
The bees pollinate local crops, are hived back up, and shipped to a new location. The pesticides in the pollen from any location are transferred to
the new location. When the bees come back home, they have a plethora of new pesticidal contaminates.
Crop pollination is a widely needed and necessary activity. Bee farmers in the USA rely upon it. They supply bees to pollinate crops all over the
USA, and in return, crops get pollinated and the farmers have a good harvest.
Farmers used to raise their own bees, but now Farmers can't afford to. Its the same as Bee Farmers not being able to make a living simply producing
honey for sale. A bee company has to lease their bees to pollinate crops.
Pesticides, of all the different varieties, are what causes CCD. Bee farmers spread the pesticides, so shame on them, but we must pollinate crops.
I'll levy a distinct dislike for genetically modified grain, and pesticides.
You CANNOT mess with one aspect of nature, and not see repercussions in some other aspect. Nature is all linked together.