Sunday, June 03, 2007

Are Contaminated Products Killing The Bees?

I don't know why I have a bee in my bonnet about this one? But I have this thought in my mind that the bee 'colony collapse disorder' came from spraying a contaminated beehive product onto the bees, or into the beehives. Because, the other insects and moths wont go near the honey. That means the contamination is in the hive and it is in the honey. Organic beekeepers are not effected by colony collapse...

An organic beekeeper writes:
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. Rookery Rants

It is too much of a coincidence that the cats and dogs die from contaminated food poisoning, all in the same period and the same year the bees are dying mass deaths. Chinese food and product contaminations stories are crawling all over the news media, and all over the Bloggersphere. I keep thinking about the bees. I don't believe in co-incidence. Everything has a cause. No one is finding the cause, other than complete immune system collapse.

With no organic bee losses it cannot be the farmers nor GM crops killing the bees, but more likely what the beekeepers sprayed onto the bees and into the beehives. When bees get sick they leave the hive to die so as not to contaminate the rest of the hive. If they all got sprayed (effected), then they would all leave, except for the immature young bees of the colony, who probably were not so badly contaminated as the older bees. Especially if the younger bees were protected inside the wax cells.

The die-off is primarily affecting large, commercial bee-keeping operations. Why would so many commecial hives all suddenly have a fungal disease that destroys the whole colony? But not the orgainc hives? If the fungal contamination was floating around in the air, so to speak, it would float into organic bee hives too. But this is not happening. Why would commercial (pesticide using) beekeepers suddenly lose most of their bee colonies? Probably because of whatever it is they are spraying into the beehives. It could be that they sprayed something that was contaminated with a poison, in the same way the pet food and toothpaste is contaminated with poison. The only question is, where do the substances come from that get added together to make the spray cocktails that get sprayed onto the beehives?

These thoughts keep buzzing around my head.

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