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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:10 AM
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At N. American Beekeeping Conference, Bayer Company Rep Fails To Convince On Pesticide Use
Honeybees will die in greater numbers this year than ever before, and court fights over the chemicals some believe are killing them will continue to be a cat-and-mouse game. Thats the opinion of Lewisburg beekeeper Dave Hackenberg, who last week was in Orlando, Fla., at the North American Beekeeping Conference with about 750 of his peers. Hes considered by many of them, and others worldwide, as the authority on colony collapse syndrome.

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Hackenberg met Wednesday evening with a chief toxicologist from Bayer and, not surprisingly, there was no meeting of minds. We say were losing bees, Hackenberg said, and he says the science doesnt show it. No, Hackenberg said, reality does.

Despite the reality, however, many beekeepers dont grapple with the science. Some are naive, Hackenberg said, and tend to believe what they are told whether its mites or mold or the phases of the moon. They dont understand these new systemic chemicals, he said.

Few farmers in the Valley, he said, even know anything about the chemicals theyre using. If you talk to them and ask them Do you know what youre using? or Do you know how it works? many will say no, they pay a crop analyst for that. The crop analyst goes out and looks at the crops and tells them what to use. Hackenberg said if you ask the crop analyst how he knows what to recommend, hell say the chemical companies tell him.

http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/local_story_01619145...
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 01:00 AM
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1. I skipped the conference
I am going with what the oldtimers say that are mentoring me and I am not using any pesticides on or near my bees. I have written letters but I don't have the clout to get these things banned. I am hoping some of the big guns are successful in fighting off the pesticide industry.
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