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    I'm a third generation beekeeper. My grandfather had 100 hives, my father 3000, and I had 300.

    I now have only 20.

    I happen to know beekeeping very well. What I'm getting at with my previous comment is getting good locations is difficult. Have you ever gone out knocking on doors of farmers looking for apiary locations that will produce a honey crop for hundreds of hives? I've done this, and it often isn't easy to find them in a competitive world.

    So, I'm basically surmising that new beekeepers getting into the business, or beekeepers expanding, or moving bees into a new area, would probably take the risk by putting bees at those locations where the bees were poisoned. I know beekeepers, how they think, what drives and motivates them. The growers under discussion will tell the new beekeeper they made an error, will reassure them that they have adopted better protocols, and life will go on.

    They need to ban these pesticides. That is the answer. Believe me, I know far more about this than you are giving me credit for. But realistically, I know how the business works.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 01:58:06 AM PDT

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