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US honeybee population suffers 'unsustainable' death rate over the winter
05-17-2014, 04:31 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Quote:Nearly one quarter of the US honeybee population died over the winter, according to an annual survey. Beekeepers report the losses remain higher than they consider sustainable, and the death rate could soon affect the country’s food supply.


I'm not sure how unusual this is, the people who bring bees here, last year they told me their winter die-off was 17% and were pleased it was so low.
05-17-2014, 04:49 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Big Ag pesticides and the usual GMO players account for some of the problems here, or so I've read.
Big money is involved so anyone who could do anything is busy looking the other way.

05-17-2014, 06:05 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Hi Shadow, here's an interesting study going on about breeding N. American honey bees with Russian mite-resistant honey bees, and other methods to rid the bees of the vampire mites, such as burning cirtus or other plants instead of using insecticides, which the mites become resistant to.

Quote:Russians to the Rescue

Hardy honey bees from the mite-infested Primorski region of Russia's Far East may also offer natural genetic resistance that could be bred into U.S. honey bees.

"The Russian bees are the same species as our domesticated honey bee," says ARS geneticist Thomas E. Rinderer. "But we suspect that, over time, the constant mite challenge in that region led nature to favor survival of only the most mite-resistant bees." Rinderer heads the ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Quote:Varroa mites not felled by fluvalinate or coumaphos might someday be vanquished by natural compounds extracted from the smoke of burning citrus or other plants. As entomologist Frank A. Eischen at Weslaco has already shown, chemicals in some kinds of smoke can kill the mites—without harming the bees—or at least make the mites fall off the bees. [See "Smoking Out Bee Mites," Agricultural Research, August 1997, p. 19.]

05-17-2014, 06:44 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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That's good news US. At least they're doing something. This bee death is terribly worrisome.
05-17-2014, 06:50 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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For sure, Octo, hopefully they will ramp up the research and find multiple solutions to the multiple causes.
05-17-2014, 07:05 PM #6
Gumby AKA Chtumby
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We have azaleas planted all along our fence line, some of the bushes are a 10 feet + high. When they are in bloom I can sit on my front porch and hear the constant Hum of bees.

Bumblebees, thousands of them but no Honeybees,

The decline started about 6 years ago, that's when we first noticed anyway.

Theres something else going on that no one is mentioning.

There are no grasshoppers either. damned.gif

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05-17-2014, 07:40 PM #7
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Not good at all Gumby. I do know there is glycophosphate in the water, soil, food and peoples urine.
This could be the beginning of the demise of many species unless a return to traditional ag methods are utilized again.

05-17-2014, 10:13 PM #8
Gumby AKA Chtumby
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A lot of interconnected things go overlooked. I'm noticing a huge increase in the amount of birds visiting our birdfeeders and the Hummingbird population is exploding here.

They seem to be depending more on humans for food sources even in the spring months.

I'm seeing a big decline in our Bat population here as well. We have a lake nearby and at dusk they would fly over our place enroute to feed on mosquitoes. A good sized population of around perhaps a thousand bats. Now its just a few stragglers. And the mosquitoes are out of control.

So bad the county has started spraying last year.
Never had them spray way out here before.

The world is changing.

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05-18-2014, 07:57 AM #9
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(05-17-2014, 04:49 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Big Ag pesticides and the usual GMO players account for some of the problems here, or so I've read.
Big money is involved so anyone who could do anything is busy looking the other way.

Cell towers and cell phones are another factor in addition to the GMO's. The bees get disoriented.

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05-18-2014, 08:02 AM #10
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Wouldn't it be something if the US collapsed because we killed off too many bees?

Something like 40 percent of the produce, give or take, depends on bees pollinating the plants.

The ripple effect might be deeper than we can imagine.

Apples, strawberries, almonds, cabbage, cauliflower, cherries, lemons, chilli peppers, bell peppers, ONIONS, carrots, blueberries, tomatoes, and a whole lot more.

Here is a list of crops according to Wikipedia:


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05-18-2014, 10:14 AM #11
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They don't care about the natural order of things, money blinds them.



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