“Beeing” Survivors

Remember a couple of weeks back I posted some news about bee colonies dying off? Well, it seems that “organic” bees aren’t dying:

Over the past few weeks we have highlighted reports that suggest bee populations are declining at rates of up to 80% in areas of the U.S. and Europe. Experts are calling the worrying trend “colony collapse disorder” or CCD.

While no one can pin point the exact reason as to why bees are declining so rapidly it is interesting to note that no organic bee keepers are reporting losses.

A recent report at sci-tech website redicecreations.com cites a statement from longtime environmental activist and part-time organic beekeeper Sharon Labchuk from Prince Edward Island who states:

I’m on an organic beekeeping list of about 1,000 people, mostly Americans, and no one in the organic beekeeping world, including commercial beekeepers, is reporting colony collapse on this list. The problem with the big commercial guys is that they put pesticides in their hives to fumigate for varroa mites, and they feed antibiotics to the bees. They also haul the hives by truck all over the place to make more money with pollination services, which stresses the colonies.

Labchuk has twice run for a seat in Ottawa’s House of Commons, making strong showings around 5% for Canada’s fledgling Green Party. She is also leader of the provincial wing of her party. She is adamant that it is the rigors of the commercial agricultural industry that are wiping out bee populations.

Yah. So much for the “cell phone” and “powerline” theories that penetrated the airwaves by the CMSM. I was talking to a farmer friend of mine at work today and we talked about the bee die-off. We both agreed it had to do with pesticides.

And now who wouldn’t want us to know about any nasty pesticides killing off the nice bees that make us honey and enable us to have veggies and fruits?

It wouldn’t be those nice chemical corps like Monsanto, Bayer and Dupont would it?


6 responses

  1. Too bad Bayer is a nasty chemical corp, I take Bayer aspirin for my heart. Have to change brands.

  2. I don’t have any love for Monsanto. They specialize in taking farmers to court over so-called patent infringements, thinking it’s the little guy’s fault their fucking genetically altered seed finds it’s way from one producer’s field to another.

    They’ve shut down more than one farmer with their greedy lawsuits. Everyone is brainwashed to think that ‘chemming’ everything is the answer now, and anyone that tries natural methods of crop rotation, no tillage, minimum tillage, etc., is soon ostracized by their brainwashed neighbors and blamed for being a weed and pest producer.

    I think that most of the “Big Pharma” are connected in some way, Dad. You’ll have to go herbal to escape their tentacles. Find some old Chinese apothecary somewhere. Pick me up some Ginseng while you’re there! LOL!

  3. Chinese apothecaries are few and far between in these parts Highwayman, I would if I could!

  4. I have five cousins who are organic dairy farmers. It’s a little tough getting started, but once you have a system in place, all it is is pre-chemical farming, that’s it. And people will pay the price for non-chem products. They’re surviving in a market where most dairy farms fail now-a-days.

  5. Bees have to be especially sensitive to breeding practices because of the rapid turnover of generations. Just a thought.
    I remember a caution that domestic animals were being bred from too limited a genetic pool – leaving the possibility of a disastrous crash of stock because everything was susceptible to the same attack, whether sensitivity to conditions or disease.

  6. You mean like being inbred to a point? That’s an idea. from a pure genetic viewpoint, that makes sense.

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