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didact Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:05 PM
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Commercial Bees Spreading Disease To Wild Pollinating Bees
ScienceDaily (July 23, 2008) Bees provide crucial pollination service to numerous crops and up to a third of the human diet comes from plants pollinated by insects. However, pollinating bees are suffering widespread declines in North America and scientists warn that this could have serious implications for agriculture and food supply. While the cause of these declines has largely been a mystery, new research reveals an alarming spread of disease from commercial bees to wild pollinators.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/0807222253...
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:07 PM
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1. all up in the hive with disease?
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:12 PM
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3. All three!
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:10 PM
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2. moving hives around seems like a recipe for problems
it becomes an invasive species issue with respect to disease spread.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:14 PM
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4. I live in CT and I haven't seen one honeybee this year.
And we have lots of flowers, birds, etc. Very Strange.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 04:31 PM
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5. I read an interesting article about this earlier this year...
every late January early February in southern california, bees from all over the US are brought there to pollinate the almond crops.

millions upon millions of bees from all over the nation.

they intermingle and spread disease and mites. Then when all is done, they are packed up and taken back home, only to spread their new cooties.

That's it in a nutshell.

There is a way to stop CCD but no one will do the thing that needs to be done, because it all comes down to one thing: money.

The almonds grown in southern cal basically account for some 70-80% of the worlds almonds.

Need I say more?
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