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Organic Bees Not Dying
05-06-2007, 06:18 PM,
Organic Bees Not Dying
I got this from the redice forums. Not completely sure of the authenticity, but supposedly it was an email that's been sent around.

Quote:"Sharon Labchuk is a longtime environmental activist and part-time organic
beekeeper from Prince Edward Island. She has twice run for a seat in
Ottawa¹s House of Commons, making strong showings around 5% for Canada¹s
fledgling Green Party. She is also leader of the provincial wing of her
party. In a widely circulated email, she wrote:

I¹m 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.

Her email recommends a visit to the Bush Bees Web site at
<http>. Here, Michael Bush felt compelled to put a
message to the beekeeping world right on the top page:

Most of us beekeepers are fighting with the Varroa mites. I¹m happy to say
my biggest problems are things like trying to get nucs through the winter
and coming up with hives that won¹t hurt my back from lifting or better ways
to feed the bees.

This change from fighting the mites is mostly because I¹ve gone to natural
sized cells. In case you weren¹t aware, and I wasn¹t for a long time, the
foundation in common usage results in much larger bees than what you would
find in a natural hive. I¹ve measured sections of natural worker brood comb
that are 4.6mm in diameter. ŠWhat most people use for worker brood is
foundation that is 5.4mm in diameter. If you translate that into three
dimensions instead of one, it produces a bee that is about half as large
again as is natural. By letting the bees build natural sized cells, I have
virtually eliminated my Varroa and Tracheal mite problems. One cause of this
is shorter capping times by one day, and shorter post-capping times by one
day. This means less Varroa get into the cells, and less Varroa reproduce in
the cells.

Who should be surprised that the major media reports forget to tell us that
the dying bees are actually hyper-bred varieties that we coax into a larger
than normal body size? It sounds just like the beef industry. And, have we
here a solution to the vanishing bee problem? Is it one that the CCD Working
Group, or indeed, the scientific world at large, will support? Will media
coverage affect government action in dealing with this issue?

These are important questions to ask. It is not an uncommonly held opinion
that, although this new pattern of bee colony collapse seems to have struck
from out of the blue (which suggests a triggering agent), it is likely that
some biological limit in the bees has been crossed. There is no shortage of
evidence that we have been fast approaching this limit for some time.

³We¹ve been pushing them too hard,² Dr. Peter Kevan, an associate professor
of environmental biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, told the
CBC. ³And we¹re starving them out by feeding them artificially and moving
them great distances.² Given the stress commercial bees are under, Kevan
suggests CCD might be caused by parasitic mites, or long cold winters, or
long wet springs, or pesticides, or genetically modified crops. Maybe it¹s
all of the above."
The belief in 'coincidence' is the prevalent superstition of the Age of Science.

&I don't understand why you're taking such a belligerant tone when you're obviously the ignorant one here. &
05-06-2007, 10:06 PM,
Organic Bees Not Dying
No, they're not dying, they all left for China because there is no work here. The ones that are left can't speak English.

(lame attempt at humor)
05-07-2007, 03:10 AM,
Organic Bees Not Dying
That would tend to make sense, organic is better.

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