Where have all the honey bees gone?

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    The discovery means that fungicides, thought harmless to bees, is actually a significant part of Colony Collapse Disorder. And that likely means farmers need a whole new set of regulations about how to use fungicides. While neonicotinoids have been linked to mass bee deaths -- the same type of chemical at the heart of the massive bumble bee die off in Oregon -- this study opens up an entirely new finding that it is more than one group of pesticides, but a combination of many chemicals, which makes the problem far more complex.
    And it is not just the types of chemicals used that need to be considered, but also spraying practices. The bees sampled by the authors foraged not from crops, but almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers, which means bees are more widely exposed to pesticides than thought.

    The bee colony collapse is not new news. The cause of it has been a mystery that has had an evolving with partial answers beginning to be found.

    We already import tons of honey from China, much of it undocumented and illegal. With the collapse of the hives the cost of honey will continue to escalate and you will think you are paying so much becasue of the scarcity of US honey. No, you are paying this money for Chinese honey that piggy backs on the loss of US hives.
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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Slightly off-subject comment from me. . .

    Two small bee hives were developing on the eave just a couple of feet away from my front door. The queen bees were freaking me out.

    I did what I felt I had to do for my safety. . . I got a broom, 'swept' the hives away, and called it a day. I have no problem with bee hives, but not two feet away from my front door.
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    They may or may not have been honey bees. Not all bees do as much work as honey bees.

    These little workers pollinate flowers so vegetables can grow. We cannot get food without them. They create honey that is used around the globe.

    If you think it is a real honey bee hive then call your state ag dept. and see if they can get someone to collect the queen and take the workers to start a new hive. Much better than killing them.
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  5. Visit  anothergrumpyoldRN profile page
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    Honey bees are of extreme importance here in alaska...we import them.
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  6. Visit  azhiker96 profile page
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    This year we started only buying honey from local producers at the farmer's market. I don't trust China and after reading about mislabeling and reselling practices I don't trust the corporate honey sold in grocery stores. Besides, the local desert honey has a unique taste and aroma that reminds me of my desert hikes.
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  7. Visit  herring_RN profile page
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    We had bees in our fence. The city recommended a company that charged just $250.00 to cut the fence and vacuum the queen and other bees. they kept the honey too, except for a sample they gave us.
    The bees are now on a Ventura County farm.

    I have an epi pen 've never had to use because I am allergic to bee stings.
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    Quote from herring_RN
    The bees are now on a Ventura County farm.
    Cool. What a coincidence. . .I was born and raised in Ventura County (Oxnard, to be precise). There was very little farmland left there the last time I visited because most of it had been developed for real estate during the housing boom of about 8 to 10 years ago.
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  9. Visit  imintrouble profile page
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    Amateur ????????? whatever bee hivers are called, live across the road in my small rural community.
    They don't share their honey.
    They provide an environment for honey bees and for that I am grateful.
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    Quote from imintrouble
    Amateur ????????? whatever bee hivers are called, live across the road in my small rural community.
    They don't share their honey.
    They provide an environment for honey bees and for that I am grateful.
    Their honey is really liquid gold.

    Don't feel bad - my relatives don't share their maple syrup with me. I have to buy it like everyone else. I do get a better price.

    Is the environment they have for the bees organic? There have been so many hives lost. Current thinking is all the chemicals added to prevent weeds, fungus, bugs, varmits etc.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    Their honey is really liquid gold.

    Don't feel bad - my relatives don't share their maple syrup with me. I have to buy it like everyone else. I do get a better price.

    Is the environment they have for the bees organic? There have been so many hives lost. Current thinking is all the chemicals added to prevent weeds, fungus, bugs, varmits etc.
    They are as back to nature as they can possibly get.
    I read about this phenomenon years ago when nobody had a clue what was causing it. The environmental catastrophe that would occur with the loss of honey bees is truly scary. Much scarier than anything nuclear.
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    I recently got this email and am passing it on to those who would like a sweet future, or even any future.

    Bee populations are in serious jeopardy. That's why Congressman John Conyers and I just introduced the Save America's Pollinators Act, which would suspend the use of bee killing pesticides. With the help of CREDO’s new petition site, I’m gathering support to alert my colleagues in the United States Congress to this important cause. My petition says the following:


    From flowers to chocolate, berries to tequila, pollinators are integral to the planet, economy, and many aspects of our lives. In fact, the USDA estimates that about one in every three bites of food is either directly or indirectly made possible by bee pollination. Both our environment and food supply are inextricably tied to the welfare of bees, making the decrease in bee populations a cause for great alarm.
    The death of 50,000 bees after the neonicotinoid dinotefuran was applied in Wilsonville, Oregon last month is a wake-up call.
    The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating the die-off and is temporarily restricting the use of 18 pesticide products containing dinotefuran, and the Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the use of these chemicals. However, that review is not scheduled to be completed for another five years. Meanwhile, Europe has already moved forward with restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids.
    We must act now. Last week I introduced H.R. 2692, the Save America's Pollinators Act, with my friend Congressman John Conyers to suspend certain uses of neonicotinoids until the Environmental Protection Agency reviews these chemicals and makes a new determination about their proper application and safe use. This will increase pressure on the EPA to speed its review before another mass bee die-off occurs.
    Raising public awareness of the integral role of pollinators to the world, the precarious state of their population, and what we can do to protect them is of the utmost importance. I hope you’ll join me as a citizen co-sponsor of this important legislation.
    Will you join me and add your name to my petition to the United States Congress, to demand that it stops the pesticides that are killing bees?
    Thank you for your support.
    Congressman Earl Blumenauer
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    Thanks They have over 308,000 signatures as of now.
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  14. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    When I was in high school, my father kept several bee hives. It was very interesting watching him out there in his bee garb, "smoking" them so he could harvest the honey. If you have never eaten honey straight off the comb, you do not know what you're missing. (And I'm not talking about the honeycomb you can buy in the store.)


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