More on Colony Collapse Disorder, including why this is significant for commercial crop production.

[Eric: Couple more topical YouTubes after the break]

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  • Great post. This is information that needs to be spread around by whatever means necessary. I found a great podcast on the subject:

    http://podcasts.psu.edu/node/265

  • Brian has me on a CCD journey today. Found another GREAT thread on it:

    Of particular interest is this comment from a beekeeper:

    “I think there is plenty of indication that the neonicitines (imidacloprid) is responsible and I am worried since all of the garden aisles are full of it this year. It goes by the name of Merit (also Gaucho) and is made by Bayer Crop Science. It is advertised to control grubs and ticks in lawns, virtually all insects on fruit trees, etc. etc. It is also used to control termites. The symptoms, advertised by Bayer, of poisoned termites sound just like the symptoms seen in bees – ie overgrowth of disease and loss of memory. It was banned in France but we Americans get no news from abroad anymore.”

  • March 26, 2007 CRS Report for Congress on “Recent Honey Bee Colony Declines”

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33938.pdf

  • March 29, 2007 Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture ? Public Hearing Testimony:

    http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/statements.html

    Scroll down to THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007

  • Eric, it looks like you’ve got a real bee in your bonnet.

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR!

    Whew. Now that I got that out of the way… Earlier this year (before I heard about CCD) I had started considering beekeeping out at the farm. Collecting the honey and wax would be useful, and the pollination should help the wildflowers. Unfortunately, it looks time consuming, and I’ve got a small amount of trepidation about stings (my brother is allergic, and I’ve been very diligent about avoiding stings because of it).

    A hobbyist keeping bees would be nothing more than symbolic, but maybe I should start a colony…

  • schmajo

    Diversity counts for something here, too. U.S. agriculture has become become dependent on European honeybees for pollination, while degrading habitat for native bees, which can do most pollination “jobs.” Yes, managed European bees — with thousands of hives trucked around the country from crop to crop — is very efficient, but it’s not so good when something bad happens to the single species on which you have become dependent.

  • schmajo
  • Sorry, but did anyone else think this was a Borat joke at first?

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