Great post. I'm glad to see someone besides myself that is getting tired of seeing the bad-mouthing going on here about "poor beekeepers". Talking trash on other beekeepers won't solve the problems in the hives. As you said, some of those beeks who have been hit the hardest are reluctant to say anything for fear of being negatively branded by those who think they know everything about everything. Also, I believe some of them are in a state of denial to believe that it actually happened to them.
If it's determined that nothing more than bad management is the cause of CCD, then we will all benefit from the media attention and the research that is being done right now on this problem. Not that I believe that CCD is all a figment of someone's over active imagiination as some here seem to think. I believe that it is a real malady being suffered by a widely disbursed group of beeks using a variety of management practices. Beeks that I've known for years that practice some of the latest techniques recommended in the most popular mags.
Unfortunately, some people have little faith in their brothers, and believe that they are better than them simply because they have been lucky so far and have managed to stay a step ahead of the problem.
Sierrabees, good luck in the recovery of your bees, and here's hoping that I remain lucky as far as CCD goes.
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