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    Default Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Monsanto is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruits and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/mons...sses-6C9996526

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Hey, why not? There's money to be made.
    Buy the ticket, take the ride. -H.S. Thompson

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Thanks stevethebeeman for posting that article. Interesting read.

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Good to see they are doing this. Long as it is some genuine research, not a publicity stunt.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    causes me to think about the summit or whatever they held last year. one representative of beekeeping was given time to speak for about 10 minutes the rest of the entire conference was a never ending parade of Monsanto or Bayer reps speaking on a never ending list of reasons they are not causing the problem.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Yeah, I think it was Bayer or Monsanto that was recently giving away a free packet of wildflower seeds to "help the bees" with every can of bug spray they sold.....Truth is that the neonicotinoid-based insecticides have already made them over a billion dollars in profit and they're not going to give that up without a huge fight complete with lots of PR and spin-control....

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Chemical companies are running scared. They know they are in the wrong, and want to throw the beekeepers a bone. They don't want to stop selling there big money making chemical until someone makes them.

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Quote Originally Posted by stevethebeeman View Post
    Monsanto is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruits and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/mons...sses-6C9996526
    Ive been keeping bees for almost 30 yrs the last 10 have been a struggle trying to keep bees alive. Hope something can be done soon.

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Randy Oliver's Reflections On The Honeybee Health Summit Hosted By Monsanto: http://www.beeologics.com/wp-content...it-aug2013.pdf

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    I think Bayer's bee care center is indeed a big publicity stunt. Our bee club had a speaker from bayer to talk. About 75 percent of his presentation was about what we as beekeepers are doing wrong. He mentioned the bee care center. Then went on to explain the new products to distribute the seeds with out coating residue causing issues. It wasn't a matter of not using the product, but more of simply off setting the contamination. He didn't really answer any questions when the group started to tear into him.
    Chris Cree
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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    Daniel, the bee summit was this year back in May I think, and it was mostly outside parties talking. Only a billion, Bayer rakes in like 50 billion a year I think or maybe that's the entire parent company.

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    Default Re: Monsanto, Bayer seek answers to bee losses

    The bees get taken out by the pesticides and the mites finish the colonies off.

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