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Things change so quickly it seems impossible to keep up with the truth. Here are a few comments from Kim Kaplan last Fall, an associate of Jeff Pettis.

There was no association between increased pesticide levels and CCD. In fact, the pyrethroid insecticide Esfenvalerate, used for a wide variety of pests such as moths, flies, beetles and other insects on vegetable, fruit and nut crops, was more prevalent in the wax in non-CCD colonies. This insecticide was found in 32 percent of non-CCD colonies, compared with 5 percent of the CCD colonies.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/090812.htm
 

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Then this in December, 2009.

... Pettis described sublethal doses of pesticides, under study in cooperative research with Galen Dively of the University of Maryland in College Park. In this work, bees didn’t die from weeks of exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide. But when the same bees faced a later challenge, the nasty fungal pathogen Nosema ceranae, they developed worrisome infections. Pesticide-exposed bees ended up with three to four times as many Nosema spores in their body as did bees without the pesticide preview.“It’s a very subtle interaction we wouldn’t have detected” without the specific test, Pettis said.
http://www.usnews.com/science/artic...villain-behind-honey-bee-colony-collapse.html
 

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There is a myriad of media articles about the "recent report"
Well you can read that report yourself here.

to download pdf file

http://tinyurl.com/yc4a8fp

to read online

http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchArticle.action?utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=
Feed:+plosone/PLoSONE+(PLoS+ONE+Alerts:+New+Articles)&utm_source=feedburner&articleURI=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0009754

The breitbart article which is the topic of this thread is a pathetic cut and paste of various peoples comments strung together into a barely readable piece of nothing. THis is similar to most bee disaster articles.

If you take the time to read the report you will find 3 out of the top 5 chemicals found in wax, pollen and bees are beekeeper applied chemicals.
 

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Bud What about the above article with neonictinoids and nosema....interested in your take on this although I can bet what color it will be!
 

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If you take the time to read the report you will find 3 out of the top 5 chemicals found in wax, pollen and bees are beekeeper applied chemicals.
Isn't it obvious that if a beekeeper applies a miticide in his hive it will show up in the samples.:doh:

Now show us some studies were there is no beekeper applied chemicals in the hive and plenty of crop chemicals in the hive but the bee do great.

How many years were fluvalinate and coumaphous used before we started having this trouble? I don't believe these 2 beekeeper applied chemicals are good but they are not causing the big die-offs. At least not by themselves.
 
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