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Dr Hobbitstein

(6,568 posts)
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 11:37 AM Jul 2015

U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high


You've heard the news about honeybees. "Beepocalypse," they've called it. Beemageddon. America's honeybees are dying, putting honey production and $15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy.

The situation has become so dire that earlier this year the White House put forth the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a 64-page policy framework for saving the nation's bees, butterflies and other pollinating animals.

The trouble all began in 2006 or so, when beekeepers first began noticing mysterious die-offs. It was soon christened "colony collapse disorder," and has been responsible for the loss of 20 to 40 percent of managed honeybee colonies each winter over the past decade.

The math says that if you lose 30 percent of your bee colonies every year for a few years, you rapidly end up with close to 0 colonies left. But get a load of this data on the number of active bee colonies in the U.S. since 1987. Pay particular attention to the period after 2006, when CCD was first documented.

But here on DU I was explicitly told that GMOs were eradicating the honeybees.... Next anti-science talking point?

U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high (Original Post) Dr Hobbitstein Jul 2015 OP
Monsanto won't pay you your kickback money if you keep this up. Orrex Jul 2015 #1
I've been busy. Dr Hobbitstein Jul 2015 #2
The news wasn't complete. Igel Jul 2015 #3
If the overall number of colonies has increased, as stated... Orrex Jul 2015 #6
Interesting that American Bees made a comeback... Herman4747 Jul 2015 #4
They are intelligent mutant killer honeybees altered by GMO! Liberal Veteran Jul 2015 #5
Regarding your closing comment.. Terry_M Jul 2015 #7
The use of GMOs have not been Dr Hobbitstein Jul 2015 #8
DU rec...nt SidDithers Jul 2015 #9
So, will Monsanto, et al, allow labeling that says "Contains GMO's but won't harm bees"? Tierra_y_Libertad Jul 2015 #10


(62,779 posts)
1. Monsanto won't pay you your kickback money if you keep this up.
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 11:44 AM
Jul 2015

Speaking of which, I haven't seen you at any of the shill meetings lately. What gives?



(34,644 posts)
3. The news wasn't complete.
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:15 PM
Jul 2015

They didn't tell you all the facts.

Take the facts about Gaza. In a series of wars and blockades, Israel's killed thousands of Gazas and, through disease and lower standards of livings, caused thousands more to die prematurely. It's genocide.

What's missing? Reproduction and context.

During this genocide, the population of Gaza's soared.

"In 2012 X% of bee hives died off." Meh. It's a problem, to be sure--all those prematurely active bees wandering out, weakened by sequential one-food diets, stress from being moved, pesticides, and parasites. (Of those, of course, we have to choose one. We can't have more than one cause for an effect. It's rhetorically impossible, it would appear. After all, it's not "causes and effect.&quot

But in saying the number that died off there's no mention of the number of new, baby hives that were produced. That omission of information, the absence of which should be butt-obvious, matters. That the butt-obvious absence was studiously ignored goes to either motivation or to cognitive ability. Which is better?


(62,779 posts)
6. If the overall number of colonies has increased, as stated...
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:18 PM
Jul 2015

then it would seem that new colonies must have come from somewhere, no?

Liberal Veteran

(22,239 posts)
5. They are intelligent mutant killer honeybees altered by GMO!
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:17 PM
Jul 2015

Soon they will start their takeover of the world.


(744 posts)
7. Regarding your closing comment..
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:48 PM
Jul 2015

Did you read the entire article or just the paragraphs you quoted? It sure feels like you didn't read the rest.

It goes on and says the die-off is REAL. The number of human maintained bee colonies is continuing to go up but more effort is being put into maintaining those colonies because the die off means they have to employ new strategies.

The article also does not have any numbers related to wild colonies. It shows the number of human maintained bee colonies.


Dr Hobbitstein

(6,568 posts)
8. The use of GMOs have not been
Sun Jul 26, 2015, 02:34 PM
Jul 2015

Linked to CCD. My comment was about one of the usual attacks on GMOs on this site. I did read the article. CCD was never limited to wild populations, and was first noticed in human kept colonies.

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