posted on Apr, 30 2013 @ 06:05 PM
SnF for another interesting bee thread. I'm a beekeeper, so I like to keep up-to-date.
I'd like to add something as well.
It's not so much the corn syrup itself, but the fact that the corn syrup is made from treated corn. The Neonicotinoidals that that they use as a
pesticide. On the seeds. The processed corn has the residue, and it winds up in the corn syrup in small amounts. I agree with the indirectly part
completely. PPM, sure, but enough to accumulate in their tiny insect bodies. Enough to mess with their delicate nervous system.
And it's not so much they are taking their honey to sell, as the US imports most of the domestic supply from China. It's the fact that bee
companies can no longer profit from local sales due to imports, and they have started to farm their bees out as pollinators. Bees can go from
California to pollinate the almond crop in spring, down to Georgia for the peaches, and after a few other stops, wind up back in CA for the winter.
During this transport, the bees are stressed, and they never really have a chance to store honey. They are fed cheap corn syrup to keep them alive,
and disrupting what millions of years of evolution has established.
We only feed our bees white sugar, dissolved, and usually only when the weather is inclimate or it's a new hive. It's a tad more expensive, but
better for them. Unfortunately, when a beekeeping company has a tight bottom line, the cost for bulk HFCS and WS makes the decision for them. More
bees needlessly die.