Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?
I am subscribing to this thread primarily to compliment Andrew Dewey and Squarepeg on posts # 41 and 42. It encourages me when thoughtful people take the time to give us thoughtful posts.
To the op: Listen and learn from all sides on this matter. Don't oversimplify what is a very complex issue. No one is "knowingly catalyzing a bee apocalypse". There is much that we know about bee health but also much we don't know. As a beekeeper who has lost thousands of hives to pesticide spray way back in the 1970's and 80's I have experienced massive bee losses through the irresponsible use of chemicals. I understand the needs for the current systemics that are widely used in the world. There is a need in agriculture to control pests and its tricky trying to kill bad insects without harming the beneficial ones. Are todays insecticides safer to honeybees than those used 30 years ago? YES! Are they a factor in what is defined as CCD? Or any bee losses for that matter? I don't think anyone knows the answer to that one for sure. I do know, however, that many beekeepers have been able to keep strong thriving hives in areas where these newer chemicals are widely used while other beekeepers have struggled. So the answer is complicated. Beware of those who try to make the answer too simple.
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