For the birds

Behive yourself Monsanto. …

Indiscriminate larceny strikes at the heart of western culture. You can't get a more plain statement from god that things are pluperfect than this:

Originally posted by Guardian:

Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States, where for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.

The decline began in 2006, when colony collapse disorder "disappeared" more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide. The number of managed honeybee colonies in the US fell by 1/3rd last winter; a major threat to crops. One third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination.

Potential causes range from parasites, such as the bloodsucking varroa mite, to viral and bacterial infections, pesticides and poor nutrition stemming from intensive farming methods.

Intensive farming metods?

Whatever could they mean?

The disappearance of so many colonies has also been dubbed "Mary Celeste syndrome" due to the absence of dead bees in many of the empty hives.

US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key problem. "We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies," said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS's bee research laboratory.

Except that hive robbing (a characteristic of honey bees when presented with ready made honey freely available) does not occur. Surely bees suffering themselves from disabling chemicals would take a natural shortcut top good hive economics?

A global review of honeybee deaths by the World Organisation for Animal Health reported there was no one single cause, but pointed the finger at the "irresponsible use" of pesticides that may damage bee health and make them more susceptible to diseases.

Hackenberg Apiaries said: "The AIA survey doesn't give you the full picture because it is only measuring losses through the winter. In the summer the bees are exposed to lots of pesticides. Farmers mix them together and no one has any idea what the effects might be."

In the UK it is still too early to judge how Britain's estimated 250,000 honeybee colonies have fared during the long winter. Tim Lovett, president of the British Beekeepers' Association, said: "There are reports of some beekeepers losing almost a third of their hives and others losing none." Results from a survey of the association's 15,000 members are expected this month.

Result's from Tony Blair allowing genetically modified food production will never be discussed, researched or discovered.

The London Beekeepers' Association, put losses among his 150 members at between a fifth and a quarter. "There are still a lot of mysterious disappearances," he said. "We are no nearer to knowing what is causing them."

Bee farmers in Scotland have reported losses on the American scale for the past three years. Andrew Scarlett, a Perthshire-based bee farmer and honey packer, lost 80% of his 1,200 hives this winter. But he attributed the massive decline to a virulent bacterial infection that quickly spread because of a lack of bee inspectors, coupled with sustained poor weather that prevented honeybees from building up sufficient pollen and nectar stores.

The government's National Bee Unit has always denied the existence of CCD in Britain, despite honeybee losses of 20% during the winter of 2008-09 and close to a third the previous year. It attributes the demise to the varroa mite – which is found in almost every UK hive – and rainy summers that stop bees foraging for food.


Bees store honey for rainy days. Doesn't he know that much?

No names no pack drill. But you have to ask why and how.
The answer has to bee monoculture and modified crops.

Indiscriminately modified crops.
But how?
You can't modify almonds, can you?

But you can modify the other stuff.


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