[Market-farming] Please sign petition to save bees

ecoponderosa 3cedarsfarm at gmail.com
Thu Feb 7 10:50:59 EST 2013

On 2/7/2013 7:24 AM, Richard Stewart wrote:
> As a beekeeper with nearly 100 hives I won't because I, in part, fear
> farmers returning to the old chemical applications that fell out of use
> because of the safer applications.  THere is zero peer reviewed science
> yet that reproduce field conditions that prove these pesticides are the
> cause for CCD.  Do they kill bees, you betcha, especially when used
> improperly, or in the case of the big German die off, improperly mixed
> with the seed coating and then air seeded in larger quantities.
> I think this article takes a more even handed look at the issue.
> http://boingboing.net/2012/05/07/the-honeybees-are-still-dying.html

Partly a good article but the rest is typical BB hype and skewed opinions.

And on the causes of CCD in bees: (fungicide)
[much more on this, esp. from Prof. Cummins in the sanet archives]
Subject: Re: Honey bee killer explained
From: joe cummins
The evidence relating  CCD and a virus along with the fungal parasite
Nosema is very strong. However, the published studies have not looked at 
a thrid culprit the systematic insecticide.
That chemical will reduce the bee's immunity to  virus and parasite.
The final answer to CCD is close but still does not  say what weakens 
the bee's immunity to both virus and parasite.
However,  there is evidence that the insecticide  is likely to be the
final piece  of the puzzle, what causes CCD?

"The most talked about study, from a Harvard team, found that the 
colonies fed neonicotinoid-laced corn syrup collapsed in a manner that 
appeared to mimic the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD—the 
mysterious phenomenon in which otherwise-healthy bees simply vanish from 
their hives. Neonicotinoids, declared the Harvard team, were “the likely 
culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honeybee colonies since 2006.”

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