There are reports of massive deaths of bee colonies in the US. I think that there are at least two major problems in American beekeeping: 1) autumn and spring syrup feeding (instead of honey); 2) usage of chemicals as a bee management technique (prevention against mites, American foulbrood, and Nosema disease). In my opinion, both of these factors weaken the immune systems of bees. Therefore, when these new viruses or diseases arrive, the bees are not strong enough to combat
Does anyone have any statistical data that confirms that all colonies that have died were fed with syrup and were chemically treated? Also, does anyone have any data regarding deaths among colonies that were not fed with syrup and were not chemically treated?
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