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    Default Popular Science article

    Sorry if this is a repeat...and it's about the bumble bee, with obvious benefits to honeybees if this process continues to show promise. The you tube video is where the most interesting info is. One of my co-workers brought me a hard copy of the article yesterday and I just watched the video.

    http://www.popsci.com/meet-tiniest-crop-duster
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    Didn't read the article...though I did watch the video.

    Fascinating for sure. Up until the point where they said the vectorite(sp?) was all natural an only a fungus I was very skeptical of the process. If indeed it's not harmful to bees or to the environment in general it's probably all good.

    Anyhow, in my mind, anytime mankind tries to out-engineer Mother Nature I'm suspicious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossfaced View Post

    Anyhow, in my mind, anytime mankind tries to out-engineer Mother Nature I'm suspicious.
    I agree!!! In fact I think "anytime mankind tries to out-engineer Mother Nature" it will have negative effects. It may take a few decades to show up, but it will. Creation is a marvelous design. Our interference is like drilling holes in the bottom of a ship.

    This new idea is perhaps as scary as when Monsanto bought Beeologics!

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    So when a company (like Monsanto) buys a company with extensive bee data...like Beelogics. One group sees Satan buying the Manger Furniture Company.

    Or you could look and realize Monsanto's most negative press is from harm to bees. Finding out exactly how and how to minimize that harm is good for their bottom line. So corporate greed actually works to help them do the right thing!

    But for those who hate Monsanto, logic doesn't apply.
    Technology is great.....when it works.

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    I assume people who don't support out engineering mother nature are living a subsistence life style. They would never support the mining and refining of ores to make things like computers, or would buy any food that was actually planted and farmed.

    I admire their commitment.

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    Oh my! Am I being dissed for my opinion? I guess it doesn't count. I will just slink back into my subsistence cave.

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    Okay, can't help myself...

    Monsanto's products (ie Roundup) are surely responsible for killing more bee habitat than anything else. So being a beekeeper and supporting them is illogical. Unless you work for them or use their products I suppose. Then guilt makes it all logical.

    And...

    Using the resources nature gives is surely what they are meant for. Redesigning them to our limited understanding is something entirely different.

    Okay, tear me up. I am sure you can't help yourself either.

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    I think Zombee got it right, simple vinegar and salt will burn back vegetation and grasses and is a lot more cost effective, I was just in the chemical room at a 400 acre farm the other day, $8000. work of chems just for spring planting, and he wants me to put bees on it for buckwheat, maybe 1 not quite up to par hive will go there (cause he's a friend) and I wont expect to get it back

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