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Article posted May 10 2007, 1:18 PM Category: Science/Technology Source: Print

No Organic Bee Losses

"Sharon Labchuk is a longtime environmental activist and part-time organic beekeeper from Prince Edward Island. She has twice run for a seat in Ottawa's House of Commons, making strong showings around 5% for Canada's fledgling Green Party. She is also leader of the provincial wing of her party. In a widely circulated email, she wrote:

I'm on an organic beekeeping list of about 1,000 people, mostly Americans, and no one in the organic beekeeping world, including commercial beekeepers, is reporting colony collapse on this list. The problem with the big commercial guys is that they put pesticides in their hives to fumigate for varroa mites, and they feed antibiotics to the bees. They also haul the hives by truck all over the place to make more money with pollination services, which stresses the colonies.

Her email recommends a visit to the Bush Bees Web site at Here, Michael Bush felt compelled to put a message to the beekeeping world right on the top page:

Most of us beekeepers are fighting with the Varroa mites. I'm happy to say my biggest problems are things like trying to get nucs through the winter and coming up with hives that won't hurt my back from lifting or better ways to feed the bees.

This change from fighting the mites is mostly because I've gone to natural sized cells. In case you weren't aware, and I wasn't for a long time, the foundation in common usage results in much larger bees than what you would find in a natural hive. I've measured sections of natural worker brood comb that are 4.6mm in diameter. What most people use for worker brood is foundation that is 5.4mm in diameter. If you translate that into three dimensions instead of one, it produces a bee that is about half as large again as is natural. By letting the bees build natural sized cells, I have virtually eliminated my Varroa and Tracheal mite problems. One cause of this is shorter capping times by one day, and shorter post-capping times by one day. This means less Varroa get into the cells, and less Varroa reproduce in the cells.

Who should be surprised that the major media reports forget to tell us that the dying bees are actually hyper-bred varieties that we coax into a larger than normal body size? It sounds just like the beef industry. And, have we here a solution to the vanishing bee problem? Is it one that the CCD Working Group, or indeed, the scientific world at large, will support? Will media coverage affect government action in dealing with this issue?

These are important questions to ask. It is not an uncommonly held opinion that, although this new pattern of bee colony collapse seems to have struck from out of the blue (which suggests a triggering agent), it is likely that some biological limit in the bees has been crossed. There is no shortage of evidence that we have been fast approaching this limit for some time.

We've been pushing them too hard, Dr. Peter Kevan, an associate professor of environmental biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, told the CBC. And we're starving them out by feeding them artificially and moving them great distances. Given the stress commercial bees are under, Kevan suggests CCD might be caused by parasitic mites, or long cold winters, or long wet springs, or pesticides, or genetically modified crops. Maybe it's all of the above...

Article Received from Lancifer

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Posted: May 19 2007, 2:59 PM

216114 Pesticides of the family of Neonicotinoids, like Imidacloprid, and proteins expressed by Genetically Modified Organisms both have been shown to cause bees to become dioriented and unable to navigate back to their hives. Yet this class of pesticide and GMOs have been around for a number of years. So why are we only seeing Colony Collapse Disorder now? No-one knows for sure, but it is likely that what we are seeing is the wearing down of the honey bee's immune systems to the point where things that they could typically deal with in a fashion, now is too much for the their compromised immune systems. Beekeepers should be doing everything theyt can to support the honey bee's ummunity, don't feed them artificial diets, don't put toxic chemicals and antibiotics into the hives, don't force them to feed on a single monoculture crop, don't transport them hundreds, or thousands of miles, etc.

Posted: May 20 2007, 6:01 AM

19933 Has anyone seen recent articles stating that bees have magnetite in their bodies that orient them toward north-south (this has been verified (check out If there is a change in the the earth's magentic field, these bees will never find their way home. Recent studies are starting to indicate that the earths poles are going to "flip" (this is still being researched thru a new set of satellites).
The posting by sirius at the top of this blog is what reminded me. If the earth's field is changing, the main reason is probably CO2 and/or the melting of the poles. You are not going to get much help from the goverment on this - it is up to individuals to act. Dump that sucky-smelly-gas-guzzling SUV! Where is low emission diesel? Our goverments are far too slow to act on any issue, especially environmental issues! Climate change is going to take out a lot of things we enjoy! Lets all try to act try to stop this before it gets out of hand, people........

Posted: May 29 2007, 12:24 PM

207238 This is anecdotal, but also verifiable. I live in a suburban area with a fifth or an acre lot. I have lots of honey bees and my neighbors don't dispite similar lot sizes. I attribute it to two things: (1)No chemicals are used on my lawn except for an occational localized granule fertilizer targeted against grubs. We don't go ape over dandelions and actually harvest them for greens. Bees really seem to enjoy our lawn. (2)Much of the lawn has been converted to clover. It is attractive and can go 2-3 weeks between mowings where most of the neighbors must mow their lawns weekly. In addition, clover lawns reduce the need for fertilizer because clover makes its own nitrogen.

Clover lawns, once prevalent in the 50's and 60's, were ridiculed into disrespect by the lawn chemical industry and facist homeowner's associations who instisted onthe green grass uniformity. For the sake of the honeybees, not to mention reduction of gasoline consumption from mowing, I suggest it is well past time to bring them back.

Posted: May 30 2007, 12:32 AM

7459 Good post, Anonymous number 207.238.XXX.XXX.

We need to share these ideas which have real impact. I don't have a lawn, but I cycle, buy organic groceries, and taking up food gardening in self-watering containers.

As for politics, we have reason to be skeptical. To quote an atmospheric scientist guesting on CoastToCoast Radio, "When all is said and done, more is said than done!"

Peter Kevan

Posted: Jun 01 2007, 10:23 AM

131104 Some small corrections to statements attributed to me.

I doubt that GM crops are connected to Colony Collapse Disorder in the USA. All reports I have read on presently grown GM crops indicate no potential for adverse effects to honeybees. Others have made the suggestion.

The bees are not being "starved out", but are probably being nutrionally stressed by intensive management and use for pollination on extensive monocultures.

I am too long in the tooth to still be "associate" Professor.

Posted: Jun 21 2007, 4:44 PM

205236 For more suggestions on actions people can take (e.g. backyard hives or supporting native bees), see the comments to:
Josef Graf

Posted: Jun 23 2007, 12:51 PM

205234 You can gain access to further information on the disappearing honeybee issue through this article:

which is located on the site of the Earth Vision project.
The article looks at EMF, Gm crops, but pnstly human interference with api-culture.
Did you know that in 1923 Rudolf Steiner predicted that if humanity continues to work with the bees in the artificial manner they are using, the bees will begin to disappear in fifty to eighty years.
Very astute vision.

Posted: Jul 02 2007, 6:25 PM

some thoughts and reports regarding use of silver in colloidal suspension: there have been scientific tests. I could get the reference, but not right now. The results are spectacular, as suggested 600 pathogens tested. Of course its use won't stop the cause of an epidemic. It doesn't predict what happens in the body.

There is possibly much more research: the NHS are using silver in hospitals now against MRS.
Even commercial plaster from produce silver-impregneated band-aids (in europe). FDA's recommendations are irrelevant. What do they know?

It seems that the kind of application-specific research necessary for silver (its general efficacy is proven) is a commercial enterprise, and we just don't get that research.

Equally useful for scientific analysis, my I remind you, are single-case studies, that includes people's reports. These are not placebo-controlled however. If you want to carry them out yourself, do so. The governments wont, it doesn't produce a commercially viable product and they aren't in the business of doing research to help the self-sufficient, or re-arm the home with ancient remedies and basic ingredients.

IN this country (UK) you'll find it hard to but basic bandage (which is marvelous, has many uses, and cheap) and impossible practically to buy iodine powder for home use (which is marvelous, has many uses, and cheap) ,you'd have to being business and buy a ton wholesale.

My mother recently lost a little finger due to infection. I told her to get it lanced. She went to the GP ,they proscribed antibiotics. Then a stronger course. But eventually she had to have thre operations and lost the finger. Post-op in the dressings was an iodine-impregnated bandage (overpriced commercial variety in all sorts of annoying sterile packaging layers) In my drawer is a small bottle (25 ml) of basic iodine powder, you could scrape it from a rock if you're in the jungle, a few years old yet's a mineral, used extensively by me in tropical jungle, bought for about 10 pence /20 cents in India in a local shop, and still half full).

Next, shortly after, her thumb became infected, she was given anti-biotics again, and early on she complained not working , needs stronger, but told she was o n strongest dose. She cried she didn't want to lose her thumb. They telephoned the surgeon, as instructed, His advice: lance the thumb immediately: result: thumb better immediately. Dressing: iodine bandage.

Silver is even more effective than iodine. That's why it's used in Hospital ventilation systems, surgical instruments, and implants. SIlver poisoning from colloidas? a bit of a groundless fear.
1 ) depends mainlyon the soundenss of preparation. Proper colloidal rather than suspension, 2) studies on silver workers provides much evidence.
I don[t know about this would-be senator, but i can't even be bothered to read about his case. He probably bought a preparation from a bungling operation, and I simply don't believe he had argentine: but as I say I'm not going to even look at it.

My infant Dying in my arms with 50% los of skin due to infection, whilst the bungling doctor waited for test resluts: he had eczema, and therefore was prone to infection. We were unprepared by the dermatologist teams for that, and given some modern synthetic wet wraps and petroleum which helped the normal colonies of strep and staph spread like wild fire. He needed anti-biotics to save his life, on a drip, but it had t be the right, specific one.
I rushed him into hospital, They were shocked. I asked the young indian lady doctor if she could make a differential diagnosis, strep, herpes or staph? : she gave a firm yes. I asked her had she seen each, by turn. Satisfied I said go ahead. 6 days later on a drip he came round out of a daze, and skin repaired. he was lucky not to get blood infection. The German Expert informed that if he had been allowed 1 -2 more days he would have died. They were good. BUt all that was necessary, was to have been armed win advance with sound practice and remedies, which are basic, and traditional. We've lost that, and have to re-discover it. Science will not lead in that. Material and Medical Science serves the manufacturing elite, the greedy, the controllers. There is no drive to help the householder by Scientists. There's no money in it.

From that day on, I gave my son blasts of silver spray in any tell-tale spot. He has had no problem. The infection would just drop away and skin recover within hours. Actually, after awhile, I dropped the use of silver, it was unnecessary, because, i made organic creams with neem which kept his skin clean or germ-free without the need for extra intervention.

Romans carried water in silver pots on campaign. Why do you think that was?
Darius of Persia filled his vessels on campaign from the silver-impegnated waters of a river. This water was used for months.


Posted: Jul 07 2007, 3:59 PM

7138 This article is misleading, to say the least. Organic beekeepers here in the US are suffering losses from CCD


Posted: Jul 12 2007, 6:40 PM

68121 Regarding Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

Ask Monsanto Inc. what has caused the disappearance of the bees and whether it has a patent-pending or in-the-pipeline genetically modified (GM) bee or other pollinating organism or product to replace natural bees. Ask whether the genetically modified organism (GMO) or artificial pollinators will only work effectively on Monsanto GM plants/produce. Ask also, if indeed there is a GM replacement bee, whether pregnant queen bees, solely, designed to produce female-only, sterile offspring, are to be sold (a grand corporate and investor imperial dream of cornering and monopolizing the agricultural market worldwide), with the verile drones and fertile queens bred to reproduce both bee sexes retained by the corporation. As it has been long established factually that queen bees produce and discharge chemicals that control the submission and behavior of their hive members, the chemistry in the deserted hives and of the deserted offspring of the natural bees that have disappeared needs to be analyzed for signs of chemical, or systematic chemical, contamination or manipulation (even with engineered, invasive drones) of the queen bees. Welcome perhaps to Frankenstein Totalitarian Capitalism.
maybe this

Posted: Jul 21 2007, 8:58 AM


Asian Parasite Killing Western Bees - Scientist
Story by Julia Hayley, SPAIN: July 19, 2007

MADRID (Reuters News Service) - A parasite common in Asian bees has spread to Europe and the Americas and is behind the mass disappearance of honeybees in many countries, says a Spanish scientist who has been studying the phenomenon for years.

The culprit is a microscopic parasite called nosema ceranae said Mariano Higes, who leads a team of researchers at a government-funded apiculture centre in Guadalajara, the province east of Madrid that is the heartland of Spain's honey industry.

He and his colleagues have analysed thousands of samples from stricken hives in many countries.

"We started in 2000 with the hypothesis that it was pesticides, but soon ruled it out," he told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Pesticide traces were present only in a tiny proportion of samples and bee colonies were also dying in areas many miles from cultivated land, he said.

They then ruled out the varroa mite, which is easy to see and which was not present in most of the affected hives.

For a long time Higes and his colleagues thought a parasite called nosema apis, common in wet weather, was killing the bees.

"We saw the spores, but the symptoms were very different and it was happening in dry weather too."

Then he decided to sequence the parasite's DNA and discovered it was an Asian variant, nosema ceranae. Asian honeybees are less vulnerable to it, but it can kill European bees in a matter of days in laboratory conditions.

"Nosema ceranae is far more dangerous and lives in heat and cold. A hive can become infected in two months and the whole colony can collapse in six to 18 months," said Higes, whose team has published a number of papers on the subject.

"We've no doubt at all it's nosema ceranae and we think 50 percent of Spanish hives are infected," he said.

Spain, with 2.3 million hives, is home to a quarter of the European Union's bees.

His team have also identified this parasite in bees from Austria, Slovenia and other parts of Eastern Europe and assume it has invaded from Asia over a number of years.

Now it seems to have crossed the Atlantic and is present in Canada and Argentina, he said. The Spanish researchers have not tested samples from the United States, where bees have also gone missing.

Treatment for nosema ceranae is effective and cheap -- 1 euro (US$1.4) a hive twice a year -- but beekeepers first have to be convinced the parasite is the problem.

Another theory points a finger at mobile phone aerials, but Higes notes bees use the angle of the sun to navigate and not electromagnetic frequencies.

Other elements, such as drought or misapplied treatments, may play a part in lowering bees' resistance, but Higes is convinced the Asian parasite is the chief assassin.

Posted: Oct 15 2007, 11:07 AM

150160 With us knowing that the main problem is the varroa mite, I think that we need to find a way to get rid of it. I may not know much but from what I have researched, this seems to be the main problem, and either we need to get rid of it or go organic I guess.

Posted: Feb 25 2008, 11:59 AM

67170 It seems like everything in nature has a enemy. The varroa mite is probably no different. Maybe there is an essential oil from a plant or something similar that will kill off the mite but not harm the bees. Maybe there is a flower that mites don't like? Plant this flower around the hive so the bees bring back THAT pollen to the hive, which would naturally kill the bees. I'm talking about something from nature, not a pesticide. Did you know that tea-tree oil is a natural antiseptic? Maybe plant these trees around the hive, for example. The mite can't be immune to everything in nature. What science needs to do is find this natural mite killing substance.

In addition to this, beekeepers need to raise their bees organically and naturally. This might be a bit expensive and might take some money, but it can be done it's not rocket science.

1) Purchase some land about 5 miles in circumference. (bees travel about 2-3 miles from the hive).
2) Put the hives in the center of this land.
3) Pant the best, indigenous, organic wildflowers all over this land, so the bees have plenty of nectar for food. Never use any pesticides.
3) Let the bees make their combs naturally in the hive. Don't force them into anything. Don't feed them antibiotics. Bees have survived for thousands of years and don't need humans to tell them how to live.
4) Use no pesticides on this land.
5) No cell phone towers near this land.
6) If science can find that natural mite killing plant from nature that I mentioned above use ONLY that!

There you go ... lots and lots of healthy bees.

Posted: Feb 25 2008, 12:03 PM

67170 Correction....
I meant to say above ... "Maybe there is a flower that mites don't like? Plant this flower around the hive so the bees bring back THAT pollen to the hive, which would naturally kill the mites."

Posted: May 10 2008, 12:57 AM

12210 A little search goes a long way; it brought me to this page and while I normally would not respond,I feel compelled to.

Quackery is all about us but, who we call a quack is but a matter of reference. If we get paid well, maybe we would even call healers and health advocates quacks. Some do just this. Mr. Barrett has court testimony that is contrary of his professed 'hunt and destroy” quacks. Sometimes one need go further than the mirror to find what you seek.

Search or for: Psychiatry: Industry of Death. The visit , where you can read, “Barrett conceded that he was not a Medical Board Certified psychiatrist because he had failed the certification exam.” You tell me the good of what this man has done!

I stand tall with saying that silver colloid, if anything, can be considered a miracle, does not cause argyria and I will continue to use it when I feel I should. The FDA acknowledged the lack of side effects, read:

To my knowledge, colloidal silver has only two dangers it can create. One is the possibility of the Herxheimer Effect. The other is denting the exorbitant profit of the pharmaceutical industry. Remember! Your health follows your choices in life.

The FDA report referred to by 64.142.XXX.XXX, and I quote, “Recently, however, some manufacturers have begun to enthusiastically promote oral colloidal silver proteins as ...” How can anyone twist the element silver into a protein? Where is the supporting proof behind these claims? Quackery?

64.142.XXX.XXX, you started with studies. Who has paid for these studies? Who profits from bad drugs or lies to guide people to the profit slab? Quackery? How about aids cure in 1993, see the Kaali patent 5,188,738 or 5133352 the Lathrop patent for Herpes. CURES!

If anyone does not feel the best try looking up Dr. Max Gerson, Nurse Caisse, Royal Rife, Dr. Bob Beck, Dr. Hulda Clark, Creative Health Institute, Hippocrates Health Institute and many more. I use colloidal silver, diatomaceous earth, ozonated water, electrical pulser, and last but not least, I switched to raw foods. It is better, quicker, cheaper and exactly what the body needs - fruits, veggies and the one we mostly avoid – greens. Try a green smoothie each day for a week and feel the difference.

This computer tech takes no drugs and will not, and also, is not making a penny for saying what I have.


Posted: May 18 2008, 9:18 AM

68220 could it be psychological warfare...seriously? A fear tactic? An excuse for the food shortage? Blame it on the Bees or whom/whatever?

Posted: Jun 03 2008, 9:57 PM

71247 Small, "natural" bee cells as the answer to sudden colony collapse was originally was made by Dee Lusby who says that her colonies have survived without pesticides. Unfortunately most beekeepers have realized that her success is due to the fact that her colonies are an African Hybrid. As for Michael Bush on the question of what happen to wild bees he says on his site that he sees no decline and then farther on the same page says wild bees have been declining for 50 years.

Posted: Nov 08 2008, 1:10 PM

68161 Not True. Organic beekeepers have been affected by Colony Collapse Disorder.

Posted: Nov 15 2008, 2:53 PM

85195 When Bees eat GM BT (Baccilus Thurengenises) Crops, the Bt in that pollen gives the Bees an immune response. When Bees have an immune response they use all available protein in that immune response. Bees also use protein in memory formation, thus after an immune response, the Bees then have no protein left to construct a memory with. Thus bees loose their memory and cant find the bee hive due to a GM Bt pollen induced protein deficencey, which causes a memory loss. In winter very little Pollen Pollen protein is available, and thats why collony colapse diosorder is seen mainly during and after in winter. No One will publish my findings which that have 24 published references to support them.
GM crops make animals and people sterile too.

Posted: Nov 17 2008, 10:05 AM

204111 Dear BG,

There could be clinical studies done on collodial silver but then only large pharma drugs are receiving the interest and the funds. Possibly because of self-interest and the profits?

The FDA? Give them enough money and wa la, Celebrex is safe, really, take it, really.

Quackwatch? I've read them for some time and am not impressed, perhaps if they pushed the envelope and questioned Golden Pigs of today I would be, but they are a small operation, that's honarable.

Stan Jones? His mix of colloidal silver was mud-like from my understanding, but if that in itself was the worst side-effect, not as bad as death for many pharma cocktails of today...a friend of mine's girlfriend just died from her medicines and a reaction to them, too bad, eh... but that's big Pharma for you.

I am interested in going beyond what the profit kings say I must do, but thank you, whether it's organic, holistic, or otherwise, I use scientific method, what little remains in the Human scope.

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