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Urban Beekeepers Resist Colony Collapse

Posted on Aug 10, 2009
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We still don’t know exactly why bees are dying in massive numbers, with potentially devastating effect on larger ecosystems, but honey-loving hipsters around the world are taking to their rooftops to help stem the tide.

New York Times / Green Inc.:

There also is more to the beekeeping campaign than ensuring plentiful supplies of superior honey. Since 2003, there have been reports of serious losses of bees from hives in Europe and the United States.

The European Food Safety Authority says the true extent of the losses is hard to estimate but it reports that in Italy alone up to half of bees may have died in 2007.

The cause of the die-offs, known as colony collapse disorder, is unknown, although numerous factors could be responsible including starvation, viruses, mites, pesticide exposure and climate change, according to the authority.

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By beeline, August 12, 2009 at 4:48 am Link to this comment

Pesticide exposure seems more likely than climate change to me. If this is the case, as mentioned above, agrichemical companies need to be regulated more thoroughly.

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By liecatcher, August 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment

It’s hard to believe that colony collapse is still

being treated as a mystery. Monsanto & genetically

modified seeds with built in pesticides is the answer.

The FDA approves drugs & uses the populace as canaries.

If enough of us die, then maybe the drug is recalled.

Our “canaries” are the bees, but nobody can stop

agrichemical companies from poisoning us & the earth.

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By Gmonst, August 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment

This is a good step toward the eventual return of cooperative self-sufficiency.  Everyone should grow some food.  Bees might be a bit much for me at this time, but I welcome it.  A diversity of self-produced food sources is the future.

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