Preventing Colony Collapse Disorder
It seems we are frantically seeking a reason and a solution to the infamous and mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder. Although the news makes you think that it’s a plague affecting all beekeepers, the reality shows otherwise. Organic beekeepers — you know, those who gently collaborate with bees — do not experience the same losses. Have you ever wondered why? Jacqueline Freeman gives you 12 empowering tools to offer the best to your bees. All in all, it is a matter of celebrating their beeness….
It really depends on where the bees are foraging. Unless you can be absolutely sure that bee-toxic chemicals have not been used currently or historically in your bees’ entire foraging area, they’re in danger. “Colony Collapse Disorder” was a term coined by the toxic pesticide industry as a means of obfuscating the primary preciptating cause of bee decline–their products.
“A Disaster in the Making” – UK “Natural” Beekeeper Phil Chandler interviews NL Toxicologist Dr. Henk Tennekes – https://podbay.fm/show/354105540/e/1291821180?autostart=1
Here’s something a little more recent. This article outlines the situation in the US with respect to the criminal failures to do proper risk assessments and to withdraw illegal registrations of the class of toxic chemical pesticides that are the sine qua non causes of this crisis: https://earthjustice.org/features/the-case-of-the-vanishing-honey-bee
The monocultured almond groves in California and along with it the commercial apiculture industry are ripe for a fundamental rethink by an inspired permaculture designer who is not afraid to think outside the box. My ongoing conversations with several of the commercial beekeepers profiled in the article above has led me to the conclusion that neither side of this mutually dependant but totally dysfunctional industry may be able to break out of the stalemate on their own. Anyone who has an interested in such a project is invited to contact me for further background information.
This video is several years old now. I wonder whether organic beekeepers are still seeing healthier bees. Any data on that?