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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    The pollinator scientists and dot org groups that promoted this "National Strategy For Pollinators" have a biodiversity agenda. That means they don't want the roadsides covered with monocultures of...
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    http://www.imagegainer.com/images/PaulCherubini/task.jpg
    Those two paragraphs of the report shows how profoundly out of touch with reality it is. Example: With regard to the Monarch Butterfly,...
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    As I see it, the Feds plan for bees and butterflies lacks clear justification and accountability. Example with regard to justification: Between roughly 2007-2014 the price of corn was high and upper...
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    I think it's important to realize that Academia is ultimately responsible for convincing the Feds that our food supply is at risk and that the "solution" to the "unsustainable" 30% annual losses is...
  5. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Then consider visiting ground zero for neonics - the Corn Belt of the upper Midwest where 60-70% of the entire landmass is covered with corn / soybeans / sugar beets / sunflowers / canola grown from...
  6. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Takes years of experience to recognize the sincere and competent academics from the insincere and incompetent ones because there is no single place the public can obtain this information. In other...
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    Re: 37 million bees dead

    http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/Pages/news/131121bee_measures.aspx
    "It appears the tree species’ natural toxicity to bumblebees in combination with the pesticide contributed to the deaths."

    So the...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Bayer's Dr. Julian Little explains in plain english why the study was so deeply flawed: http://beecare.bayer.com/media-center/news/news-detail/serious-flaws-in-recent-us-study-on-neonicotinoids...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    How would such testing benefit bee health given that CCD doesn't hardly exist in the first place in the regions (e.g. Iowa, Illinois) where neonics are most intensively used (60-70% of the entire...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Why should it matter if neonics in suburbia are sometimes misapplied? Honeybees are so abundant in the most urbanized area of the nation - Los Angeles- that pest control companies there advertise...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Bayer has evaluated the study and posted it's response here:
    http://www.bayercropscience.us/news/press-releases/2014/05122014-bee-care-harvard-statement

    Excerpts:

    a) Feeding honey bees levels...
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    Re: Govt to spend 3 million on bee pasture?

    I think the bottom line is: What can 3 million dollars do for pollinators that are spread out over hundreds of thousands of square miles of midwestern land? Answer: virtually nothing. It's more of a...
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    Re: California drought declaration

    The almond nut tree orchards are located just 80-120 miles inland from San Luis Obispo and they will be in full bloom in a week or two. At least the orchards that get sufficient irrigation water.
  14. Thread: No gmo?

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    Re: No gmo?

    GMO alfalfa, sugarbeets, sweet corn (the kind humans, rather than farm animals, eat). Many new GMO traits are in the pipeline including virus resistance, fungal resistance, nematode resistance,...
  15. Thread: No gmo?

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    Re: No gmo?

    GMO is more popular than ever with farmers: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us/recent-trends-in-ge-adoption.aspx#.UuL_R-CttjI
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    Re: Time to get nervous # 2

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/clark/the-same-drum-beat-the-same-strong-ridge/22409533 Excerpt: "While it will rain again, our very-long-range models continue to say that precipitation...
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    Re: Time to get nervous # 2

    Most of California's almonds are grown in climate division 5, which is called the San Joaquin drainage: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/usclimdivs/images/climmap.gif

    2013 was the driest year...
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    Re: California drought declaration

    The drought in central California as seen from 35,000 feet on Jan. 13:

    Yosemite National Park has just traces of snow cover in the high country: http://imageshack.com/a/img541/1572/oj1m.jpg
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  19. Re: "More “Bee Protection” Courtroom Activity Coming in 2014"

    I wish Bayer and Syngenta would produce documentary videos showing the environmental consequences of Europe's neonic seed treatment ban. Like filming farmers resorting to foliar or soil applied...
  20. Re: Are poisons, aka, insecticides, pesticides killing our bee population?

    Today Peter Borst did a good job explaining the economic reasons honeybee colony numbers and honey production numbers fluctuate over time: ...
  21. Re: NEONICATOIDS ..........And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you

    Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto have teamed up to develop this solution to Roundup resistant pigweed, waterhemp and others: http://www.enlist.com/pdf/Enlist_efficacy_field_trial.pdf
  22. Re: NEONICATOIDS ..........And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you

    Morrissey told the reporter: "We all want to have food that we consume and enjoy. But at what cost?" Morrissey wonders. "Is that at the cost of having no more birds around? Of having no more...
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    Re: Time to get nervous # 2

    No March miracle is in sight according to the climate modelers. Accuweather.com's Feb.& March precipitation outlook for California is bleak:...
  24. Re: EPA grants $500K for projects to reduce risks to bees

    Around 4-5 years ago various CCD researchers were awarded a total of around $25,000,000. Did the findings of all that research help beekeepers? No. So will another $500,000 make a difference?
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    Re: EU and UK short of bees.

    Just another alarmist study as has become the norm nowadays: http://community.lsoft.com/scripts/wa-LSOFTDONATIONS.exe?A2=ind1401&L=BEE-L&D=1&O=D&P=84613
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