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Article posted May 10 2007, 1:18 PM Category: Science/Technology Source: Redicecreations.com 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: Dec 15 2008, 4:39 PM

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207200 WHAT INFO IS AVAILABLE OF AFRICAN BEES IN COLLASPE? DO THEY FOLLOW AMERICAN AND EURO DECLINES ,OR ARE THEY IMMUNE FROM COLLASPE?
Anonymous

Posted: Dec 16 2008, 3:26 AM

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7533 This is something to consider in industrial bee keeping in North America. When bee colonies are used for pollination purposes, the bees are fed sugar syrup, sometimes a mixture of high fructose corn syrup diluted slightly with water. There are two immediate concerns about this. The spread of BT corn which produces its own pesticide can easily get into the corn syrup. BT affects all insect's gut physiology (has been observed in Monarch butterflies.) Then the municipal water can also contain the additive chlorine and fluoride which bees are probably not normally exposed to.

Lou

Posted: Mar 04 2009, 11:54 AM

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4255 I'm just glad to see dialog on small cell size. Wow, Dee and Ed Lusby's work at educating is finally paying off for those that wanted to try something different. There's something else that needs to be mentioned here. I remember when I first met my beekeeper husband and he told me he fed his bees sugar water. Not only that, he said that when Queens were raised, they fed them sugar water. When I questioned this he was incredulous that I would think one could commercially keep bees and waste honey on them to feed, should they need feeding. Well, that was 18 years ago. He now puts aside a little honey in case he needs to feed them. And he raises his own Queens so he doesn't have to pay those prices to buy Queens by mail. If no one noticed, our Winters (especially here in TN) are getting warmer. In the dead of the Winter, it might be 60 or 70 degrees a few days a month. The bees think its time to gather nectur and go looking. They expend a lot of energy and go back to their hives empty handed. What honey the keeper left for them is quickly eaten due to having expended that energy and now its down in the 30s again. If you are still feeding your bees sugar water (which I bet no organic beekeeper does???) you are starving your bees. From a woman's point of view, and one that is not a beekeeper, its mostly about the bee's immunity and how the caretakeing is not watching out for that major resource of a healthy hive when the mites come, the small hive beetle, and man. Our bee's are doing great. My husband started with 5 hives about 5 years ago, using small cell foundation. We now have around 75 hives that are on it. It takes time. You have to take them down in increments, not all at once. And if you have been using all sorts of sizes of cells for your foundation (which I suspect the pollinators do), I would bet you would have to just let them die and start all over before you could modify their cell making. And one more thing to consider, why not just use a 2 inch strip of the small cell foundation rather than the whole sheet. That way, you allow the bees to do what they like to do and what they are really good at. All they need you for is to give them a little encouragement.....not do it for them. I guess that is all I want to say. I appreciate all comments on this topic. One thing for sure, if the honeybees leave, we're goinna miss em. I've learn that almost every beekeeper thinks they are doing it the right way. That too is changing and I come to that conclusion by reading all this dialog about them. Keep it up!
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Posted: Sep 18 2009, 1:21 AM

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206251 This post is for Michael from May 14, 2007. Your attitude towards colloidal silver reflects the propaganda put out by big pharma in conjunction with the FDA to scare the people away from a very useful substance. If you are serious about reading valid research by qualified scientific authorities click on this link. Stop being the patsy for bigf pharma.

http://biogaard.com/references.html

Happy reading.
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Posted: Apr 08 2014, 9:56 AM

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9648 I am a beekeeper/apitherapist and I have taken colloidal silver for over fifteen years with great results against my life long Candida problem.
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