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Tue Apr 5, 2016, 04:30 PM

Near 20-Year High: Bee-pocalypse Postponed Again, Until 2017

Despite the hype, there’s still no bee-pocalypse. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department Agriculture released its latest count of commercial honeybee hives, and although the figure dipped 2.9 percent from the 20-year record-high set in 2014, the overall count of 2.7 million hives in 2015 remains strong. You wouldn’t know it from the news coverage.

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This is where the bait-and-switch comes into play. It’s absolutely true that there were more managed honeybees in the 1940s. Bees were part of the war effort, producing wax used to coat guns and ammunition. So when the war ended, subsidies were introduced to prop up the beekeeping industry.[3] Thanks to Uncle Sam’s support, bee populations peaked at around 5.5 million in the 1950s, then gradually dropped to around 2.6 million in the mid-1990s.

None of that drop can be attributed to neonics, because they only came on the market in the mid-1990s, and didn’t exist in that five decade period of decline.

Now, the national bee numbers did decline at bit around the year 2005 -- to 2.4 million. That was the year in which colony collapse disorder (CCD) struck. The term that describes the unexplained death or disappearance of a hive’s adult bees.

As USDA puts it, “No scientific cause for CCD has been proven.”[4] Activists see the lack of a clear cause as a wide-open opportunity to come up with their own explanation. So they blame neonics.

Calmer minds reflecting on the evidence conclude that the CCD phenomenon existed long before the scientists who invented neonics were even born. Indeed, the November 19, 1868 edition of the Louisville Democrat described CCD-like symptoms with the headline: “Extraordinary exodus of honey bees—They abandon their winter stores and disappear.”[5] Throughout history, CCD has come and gone, and right now, it has gone. There hasn’t been a case in four to five years.[6]

Pesticide seed treatments didn’t exist in the middle of the 19th century, but disease did ravage hives, just as it does now.[7] The USDA has already identified the primary suspect that has been spreading disease: “The parasitic mite Varroa destructor remains the single most detrimental pest of honey bees.”[8] This blood-sucking creature latches onto young bees, injecting over a dozen types of debilitating viruses that can devastate entire hives.


More with links at the source http://www.science20.com/news_articles/near_20year_high_beepocalypse_postponed_again_until_2017-169496?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Cross posted in Env and Energy http://www.democraticunderground.com/112799371

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Apr 5, 2016, 06:10 PM

1. There goes a anti-GMO talking point...

The activists won't even acknowledge this information, though.

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Response to Archae (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 5, 2016, 07:52 PM

3. GMOs? I thought it was cell phone towers!

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Response to progressoid (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 11:40 AM

5. The smart money is on chemtrails.

Those jets are actually spraying neonics, dontcha know?

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Tue Apr 5, 2016, 07:38 PM

2. Stop posting reality based posts!

How can people be scared into donating to illegitimate "conservation organizations" if they are not scared for the bees!???

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 5, 2016, 07:59 PM

4. I know a retired veteranarian who is a bee keeper.

I asked him about CCD. He wasn't too concerned. He's lost a couple colonies. Once was because his asshole neighbor actually sprayed them. The other was because of the mite. The last few years have gone pretty well.

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