the birds and the...?Sun, March 11, 2007 - 11:03 AM
[appologies for sad news...I'll find something happier to post too]
Vanishing bees threaten US crops
By Matt Wells
BBC News, Florida, USA
It is officially called Colony Collapse Disorder, but a more pithy way of describing it would be Vanishing Bee Syndrome.
All over America, beekeepers are opening up their hives in preparation for the spring pollination season, only to find that their bees are dead or have disappeared.
Nobody, so far, knows why.
The sad mystery surrounding the humble honeybee - which is a vital component in $14bn-worth of US agriculture - is beginning to worry even the highest strata of the political class in Washington.
"Hillary Clinton's got interested in this in the last week or so," said David Hackenberg, the beekeeper leading the drive to publicise their plight.
"And she's not alone," he said. "There's a lot of Congressmen have called...wanting to know what's going on. It's serious.
"It's not just affecting the beekeepers, it's affecting the farmers that produce the food, and in the end it's going to affect the consumer," he added, sighing deeply.
What makes our interview slightly surreal is that we are standing next to an orange grove, in rural Florida, while about 70 hives of bees buzz angrily behind us, as if to emphasise their predicament.
[...more at news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6438373.stm ]
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cbccanada's cbc radio did a story on this.
apparently candian bees are much happier and we are not yet experiencing the same degree of loss. of course, there are major concerns up here to find out what the root cause is as it may find its way north
also noted that the american and canadian bee industries are very different. colonies are transferred around the states much much more frequently than in canada. pesticide regulations are different. and on that note, it was stated that the warmer winters are not killing bee pests such as mites. both the pest attacks and consequences of upping pesticides probably compounds problems.
it's officially still a mystery though on what causes ccs.
I hope this problem can be solved...I love my honey :)
I will be sure to plant more flowers for my beautiful bee friends this spring!
cellphones?A German study conducted by Professor Jochen Kuhn of Landau University and reported in Britain's Telegraph newspaper this week offered another, less conventional, culprit: radiation from cellphones and cellphone towers.
To conduct the study, Kuhn placed cellphone handsets near hives and found the bees avoided their homes when the phones were radiating frequencies in a range from 900 to 1800 megahertz, the standard range for most cell phones.