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  •  We can't afford more mistakes. (2+ / 0-)
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    occupystephanie, ladybug53

    Corporations have billions in $$$ backing them up; I don't. As a (very small) new farmer I can't afford to hand-pollinate crops. I need those hard-working bees and other insects as part of my "crew" to bring my fruit and vegetables to market. Not years from now, but this season and next year and the year after. A year or so of failure means the end of our Farm.

    •  I wish you all the luck in the world with your (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, ladybug53

      new farm! Hardest job in the world but likely one of the most satisfying.

      I had a chance to read the linked article that sonofasailor left as evidence backing an assertion that beekeepers themselves were the major contributor to colony collapse disorder. You'd really have to creatively twist yourself around that one to glean that result.

      I feel a diary coming on...

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 01:12:20 PM PST

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      •  Hard to believe that beekeepers who've invested (2+ / 0-)
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        occupystephanie, ladybug53

        years of time, work and money into their hives would risk it all with shoddy practices. Of course, beginners might make errors due to lack of experience and thereby contribute to their own problems, but I find it unlikely that sudden widespread colony collapse is all the fault of beekeepers. Sounds like "blame the victims" to me.

        •  Sure does (2+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest, ladybug53

          Biotech apologists often fault those who take great exception to their products, calling them "uninformed".

          Basically, this recommended paper was a survey of hives which found residues of well over 200 pesticides residual in the beewswax and other products.

          Pesticide apologist grabbed this one sentence out of the paper and inferred that beekeepers were to blame:

          Beeswax is the resource of the hive that is least renewable and is thus where persistent pesticides can provide a “toxic-house” syndrome for the bees. The uniform high levels of these miticides present in foundation (Table 5) is particularly disturbing, since replacement of comb is currently recommended to reduce pesticide contaminants.
          It's like piping your sewage into your neighbor's well then blaming him for his children's die-off from cholera.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:49:37 PM PST

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