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Could I ask what kind of retaliation from pesticide companies you've experienced, borderbeeman? Seems to me that you are very outspoken in your criticisms, and I would expect far more retribution against such a critic than against a beekeeper who alleged losses on the scale reported here.
I'm not aware that anyone took revenge on the beekeeper involved when a loss attributed to CCD and almost 20 times as large as this loss was widely reported a few years ago.
Dr Bonmatin in France was sued by Bayer back in 1998 (I think) because his scientific research confirmed the presence of Imidacloprid in pollen and nectar of sunflowers at a time when Bayer said this was biologically impossible. They said that his science was 'defaming their product'. The Judge found for Bonmatin and awarded costs against Bayer. Other French government scientists who confirmed that imidacloprid was killing bees at just a few ppb were suddenly taken off bee research all together, their careers were derailed, they were effectively 'blackballed' for telling the truth.
Please watch this video documentary, it has good English subtitles - and the pictures of dying bees are worth a thousand stories.
It deals with the disaster which struck the French beekeeping industry as far back as 1994 - when over 400,000 colonies a year were killed following the introduction of the systemic neurotoxin Imidacloprid/ 'Gaucho' for use on sunflowers and maize.
What the film reveals is the fact that pbeekeepers were lied to from the outset, about the effect of this pesticide for bees and other pollinators. It shows how the science was ignored, corrupted, distorted and buried for over ten years - and how any scientist who dared to stand up for the truth was threatened, intimidated, bullied, transferred . .. .careers were ruined, people's lives were seriously damaged.
This is the correct link for part one:
This is part Two
Please don't view this as an attack, borderbeeman, but, first, your lack of retaliation makes your friend seem a bit paranoid, and, secondly, if I related such details to you in confidence and learned that you had posted them publicly (even if "anonymously"), I would feel that you had violated the trust of friendship.
I can support Mr. Palmer's observations. We also have alot of corn planted around our hives(to male ethanol), and see no correlation between corn and sick bees. We did loose 90 percent of our hives in 2005 and 2006, until we sterilized or replace them with new bees and new equipment.
To the OP, can you telll me if any of your friend's hives are painted silver(aluminum paint)? If so, what are they branded? In 2006 there was a batch of silver equipment sold in the Midwest that was contaminated with pathogens.
His hives are painted green - and no they weren't his diseased hives that you bought. I asked him.
he is not paranoid, in fact he is one of the most calm and well balanced people I have ever spoken with. He did not send me his original observations 'in confidence' - he sent them with the express intention of getting them out to the widest audience possible. He will be doing more in the near future - via his own public efforts.
As to 'paranoia' - I think you can see by the 'froth on the mouth' attacks of some people posting here, that other interests are determined to suppress any discussion of systemic pesticides as the cause of the greatest bee-disaster in American history. A disaster which is 'ongoing'. I see no signs - apart from the actions of the National Honey Board and a very small number of individual beekeepers, that there is ANY organised response to the current bee-disaster, on the part of the 'official' beekeeping bodies. We are no further forward in actually opposing and stopping the obvious cause of this bee-killing pandemic than we were in 2000AD. There is an obvious reason why we are no further forward; because it is not in the interests of the pesticide companies that you should be allowed to make progress. They are making $billions annually, and American beekeepers are paying the bill in dead bees.
The French however, ARE further down the road, they BANNED the use of neonics on bee-related crops in 2000AD and - though they lost 1 million hives before the ban, they have seen nothing like that since the ban. Ditto for Germany, Italy, Slovenia . . .etc.
It deals with the disaster which struck the French beekeeping industry as far back as 1994 - when over 400,000 colonies a year were killed following the introduction of the systemic neurotoxin Imidacloprid/ 'Gaucho' for use on sunflowers and maize. -borderbeemanFrom some more recent figures, I'm not sure that losses have changed much.The French however, ARE further down the road, they BANNED the use of neonics on bee-related crops in 2000AD and - though they lost 1 million hives before the ban, they have seen nothing like that since the ban. -borderbeeman
Don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing in favor of pesticides. I'm simply pointing out an inconsistency here. The report I linked does a nice job of outlining a number of stresses on managed honeybees.
I'm not sure that commercial beekeepers in Europe are migratory like most of the big operations in the U.S. are. Moving hives hundreds or even thousands of miles adds still more stress on the bees.
Then why the secrecy? Why not put your name on the article as the author and cite the source by name?He did not send me his original observations 'in confidence' - he sent them with the express intention of getting them out to the widest audience possible. -borderbeeman
CCD appeared in France in the period 1994-97; over a million colonies were lost when imidacloprid was introduced as a seed treatment for sunflowers, which was the main honey-crop in most regions.
Please see this report here, it makes fascinating reading - to see this all happened so long ago in Europe - but is still happening in UK and USA.
'A history of the French Beekeeping Disaster from 1994-2003'
A documentary video was also made of the French bee-crisis - it makes even more amazing viewing.
In the opening minute you see bees actually dying on neonic treated sunflowers - in extreme close-up.
This is the link for Part One:
I was in the Dordogne two years ago and in the town market at Riberac I bought honey from a local producer.
She had 'specialist' - unifloral honeys including: sunflower, lavender, chestnut and lime tree, as well as 'flowers of the forest'. I have never seen such a display in the UK. She said her bees were doing really well and she had no colony losses to speak of.
As to my friend's 'anonymity' - he just has too much to deal with at present. He was waiting for the EPA team to arrive this weekend when I spoke to him, to take samples of dead hives, pollen, bees etc. I did pass on the questions about his treatment of his bees: feeding, varroa treatment etc. He said, "after thirty years as a migratory beekeepr I think I know how to feed bees, treat for varroa and carry out inspections". He said to pass on that he has been 'deeply involved' with some of the bee-research teams over the last six or seven years and his hives have been sampled for pollen residues 'numerous times'.
Disclaimer: I've never been a bee.
Disclaimer: I've never been a bee.
"People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney
Disclaimer: I've never been a bee.
I hear some many contradictions on this stuff it's borderline hilarious. Neonics kill then they're undetectable, but yet they're stable in the environment and detectable for years after planting according to others... France banned neonics... usually the opinion is it did not improve much and they're thinking of lifting the ban, but those who oppose neonics with no abandon say the ban was the best thing since sliced bread.... My opinion, when I watch the documentaries and see all the pics of CCD hives, one things always strikes me, they look very 'used', almost filthy which is why when Roland says his problems were solved by 'sterilizing' their stuff and getting new bees/equipment a little light bulb goes off in my head.
Attaboy JRG13, simple isn't it??
I thought I saw silver boxes in the pictures. There where a batch of silver boxes purchased from Wisconsin that where KNOWN to have CCD, so I repeat, since I did not see any GREEN boxes in the pictures, where there any brands on the old equipment that is diseased?
It would be nice to see some facts rather than the conjecture and wishful thinking that was in the op. if so many colonies died, any sensible bee farmer would want to know why. I would have thought that scientific evidence would be plain to see. It might be anti-fungals and not neonics. To me the 'third party' article was somewhat biased and guessing was offered as fact.
May your bees read the same books as you do