Soaring honeybee deaths sound alarm on malady

  • Article by: MICHAEL WINES , New York Times
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 5:19 PM

Expanded colony collapse may mean higher food costs.

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adliblogMar. 30, 13 5:41 PM

Nicotinyl pesticides, containing clothianidin, thiametoxam and imidacloprid, used to coat plant seeds, are released into the lymph as a permanent insecticide inside the plant. But after just sucking dew from maize leaves that absorbed neonicotinoids, disoriented bees can't find their way to the apiary. Massive numbers of bees get lost and die.(from article dated 2010)*** The deaths are not a mystery. The causes for colony collapse have long been known. What's a mystery is whether there's the political will to regulate another powerful industry that prefers to deny any responsibility ...for what in this case could soon become a national agricultural crisis.

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sntenbenselMar. 30, 13 8:50 PM

Pesticide companies deny wrong doing. Wow what a surprise. At this rate there will be no plants because there is no pollination. Wake up America!

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woopdeedooMar. 30, 13 8:56 PM

I pledge allegiance, to Monsanto, and the dividends it pays each year. And for the regulation for which is gone.

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orvestaMar. 30, 1310:23 PM

In a survey of 60 some southern Minnesota beekeepers done within the last month, the hive loss was right at about 50%. The problem is VERY real. No doubt this will take on political overtones and it will be(e) interesting to see what proposals are made and who lines up behind those proposals.

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tcprosser1Mar. 31, 13 8:20 AM

It is a mistake to blame neonics. Like most news reporting this is hype not fact. They were in use for more than12 years before this epidemic started. It has been shown to be the varroa mite This mite is invasive like the hundreds of other invasive organisms that have invaded this country. Where the varroa mite is found- so is collapse disorder. Where it is not-collie disorder is not found. Neonics are not used in European countries of France and Germany. Colony collapse there is as bad as it is he. I'm not pro pesticide. But let's get scientific about what's going on and not spread unfounded fear about important tools in our society that keep deadly disease vectors at bay such as ticks and fleas.

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