Re: I beg to differ - there are dozens of peer reviewed studies
david has it exactly right here.
Originally Posted by David LaFerney
and the 'set of graphics' showing malnutrion being a bottom line cause of disease and collapse is, well, old news. even more so than us humans, bees are what they eat. i would put feeding syrup above neonics as a primary cause of disease and collapse.
the lack of any difference the levels of disease and collapse between bees kept near heavy neonic use and bees that are kept no where near neonic use is the most compelling reason for not believing that neonics are a primary cause for disease and collapse. (i would suggest randy oliver's objective analysis of the peer reviewed papers that have been published on this).
i would add to david's last comment, (highlighted by me), that short of a severe drought or some other freak weather, starvation can be eliminated by avoiding pbb. (translated don't rob all the honey and give them syrup to overwinter on)
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf