Last night, I watched the documentary The Last Beekeeper. Has anyone else seen it? Joe talks a bit about it in his current newsletter. It's a sobering glimpse into commercial beekeeping. So much hinges on the once a year almond pollination for these guys. I could feel their desperation when they go to inspect the bees after trucking them out there and find so many dead outs. I noticed as one of the beekeepers opened a hive lid, for a brief moment, a blue shop towel was seen on the top bars. This seems to be common practice. Adee was caught doing it and it was pointed out in the PBS documentary on CCD with Hackenberg. How do the commercial beekeepers here feel about other commercial guys who have significant losses when they get out to the almonds? Do you feel this could happen to you? Do you look at this and say to yourself it won't happen to me because . . . .? Given that there is mounting evidence that chemical/drug usage is certainly a contributing factor in the demise of these dead outs, what are you doing in response to that?
I feel sorry for those that end up at the end of the line with crashing hives. At that point, you can no longer afford to make small changes for the long run.