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How so? We've lost 50% of the bees already they certainly could go extinct if this keep ups. I doubt they will they will survive in the wild but this is a major problem. I'd certainly like more explanation on this supposed transition and how bees dying off in massive number will make them stronger?
The problem is bees in fixed hives in those areas still cannot survive on the mono-crop orchards and fields. They need a larger variety of flowers and crops. The entire way we farm has to be changed. www.abovetopsecret.com... We are heading for a catastrophic break down in the food supply otherwise.
stressing the bees making them more susceptible to diseases and CCD etc. Natural bee keepers are having none of the problems that people using conventional methods are having. The proof is in the pudding.
Man made foundation fixes the size of the cells bigger then the bees naturally make them this makes larger bees that cannot fly as far and susceptible to mites and disease etc. Bees hate plastic too.
that the solution to this was to get back to natural cell size. Foundation (the source of contamination in the hive from pesticide buildup in the world beeswax supply) is designed to guide the bees to build the size cells we want. Since workers are from one size and drones from another and since beekeepers for more than a century have viewed drones as the enemy of production, beekeepers use foundation to control the size cells the bees make. At first this was based on natural sizes of cells. Early foundation ran from about 4.4mm to 5.05mm. But then someone (Francis Huber was the first) observed that bees build a variety of cell sizes and that large bees emerged from large cells and small bees emerged from small cells. So Baudoux decided that if you enlarged the cells more you could get larger bees. The assumption was that larger bees could haul more nectar and therefore would be more productive. So now, today, we have a standard cell size of foundation that is 5.4mm. When you consider that at 4.9mm the comb is about 20mm thick and at 5.4mm the comb is 23mm thick this makes a difference in the volume. According to Baudoux the volume of a 5.555mm cell is 301cubic mm. The volume of a 4.7mm cell is 192mm. Natural cell size runs from about 4.4mm to 5.1mm with 4.9mm or smaller being the common size in the core of the brood nest.
CCD has been replicated, using just GMO corn syrup.
I don't see it as a problem. The more bees pollinating flowers and crops, the healthier the crops, and wild flowers, and the healthier the hive. My grandfather raised hives and extracted honey for years on an isolated 28 acres, and never had any problems, save one time a case of foulbrood, in which he promptly burnt the hive. He had an apple orchard, of 8 trees, and we made cider from nice healthy apples.
Stressing hives is my whole point. Tinkering with your hives causes stress. Natural is better, but I prefer a more manageable method.
We only use natural foundation. They sell both. We only buy natural size. As far as plastic goes, we coat our plastic foundation with melted wax, and to the bees they build it out just fine. Remember, even our plastic foundation is "Natural Size".
I appreciate having someone to discuss this with, putting facts out for others, instead of just speculating. Kudos to you
Originally posted by cornucopia
That's what a new European study calls clothianidin, a widespread pesticide that has been contributing to the massive die-off of our honeybees.
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by hawkiye
Wanted to say to you too Hawkiye how much I have enjoyed your posts,
and thanks for sharing your beekeeping knowledge too.
Between you and a few other beekeepers, you all have me very interested
in pursuit of this.
Originally posted by dominicus
Monsanto actually purchased a leading Bee Research company called Bee Logics, who first discovered that the bee's were dying due to neonicotinoid pesticides.
I have plans to start a bee colony and will be experimenting in various ways to keep them healthy.
For one, I was looking at introducing small amounts of nano-silver powder to the hives.
Originally posted by frugal
The Wild Bee population is fine. I have a whole holly tree loaded with all kinds of bees every spring. Standing under the tree I can hear and feel the loud hum.
At the nucleus of the complaint by bee keepers from across the state is the fact that US government agencies work less and less for the people and more and more for multinational corporations who see a way to get rich while at the same time poisoning people and animals. Specifically, the commercial bee keepers and others from across the environmental and consumer safety spectrum, are taking issue with the EPA’s approval of nicotine-based pesticides.
They insist that the EPA did absolutely no actual field testing to find out of the pesticide was safe and how it would interact with the environment, people and animals around it. Instead, as is the norm now, the federal government let Bayer CropScience do its own safety testing and rely 100 percent on whatever conclusion the corporation provided. Of course, Bayer claims their nicotine-based pesticides are safe, “when used properly”.