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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 12:00 am

The number of bees in California and across the nation has been dwindling rapidly for several years, and no one is absolutely sure why.

Mites, viruses and insecticides pose threats, but researchers have not been able to nail down why bees' numbers are declining so rapidly. The phenomenon is called "Colony Collapse Disorder," but little is known about what causes the bees to disappear.

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  • posted at 9:06 am on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.


    I worked in the bee industry for a number of years and one of the problems many bee keepers faced was in part, their own doing. There are several parasites to bees that can be medicated. But some bee keepers under-dosed their hives to save money or left the medication in long past useful (diluting the medication). This caused the parasites to develop resistance to the medication and then be harder to kill, killing more hives. A large majority of beekeepers who have had problems, when I asked, admitted to leaving the medication in for 3-4x's longer than directed or only using a half doses.I have no doubt that pesticide usage is causing a substantial amount of damage as well.

  • posted at 8:44 am on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.


    A similar bee phenomenon occurred in the late 1800's, so there is historical precedent for this. It may just be part of a natural cycle.

  • posted at 8:11 am on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.


    Ordinary Citizen, The African Bees are an issue in the lower part of California, but our winters are too severe for them to thrive in San Joaquin Valley. Sincerely,Jordan Guinn

  • posted at 7:41 am on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.


    I am shocked and appalled! This is un-BEEleavable.

  • posted at 5:38 am on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.


    I watched a show on Discovery (I think) about the Africanized bees - (killer bees) - and their continued aggression has caused regular bees to decline. Is there any 'truth' in that re: the bees in CA? I am wondering??

  • posted at 2:29 am on Fri, Apr 16, 2010.


    People should start re-investigating going organic....***real*** organic not just the label so you can jack up the price, and get rid of GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods i.e., Monsanto.Bee Colony Collapse NOT Affecting Organic Hiveshttp://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=1851No Organic Bee Losseshttp://informationliberation.com/index.php?id=21912The Silence of the Bees - A Look at Colony Collapse Disorderhttp://www.naturalnews.com/022376.htmlHoney Bee Colony Collapse Disorderhttp://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33938.pdfColony collapse disorder: Scientists blame pesticides for honeybee declinehttp://www.rodaleinstitute.org/20100323/nf_Colony-collapse-disorder-Scientists-blame-pesticides-for-honeybee-decline5 Reasons to Befriend Your Local Beekeeperhttp://www.rodale.com/organic-beekeeping

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