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03-12-2010 12:09 AM  8 years agoPost 1
philip 01

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March 10, 2010 - 90% Die-Off of Commercial Honey Bees
on Vancouver Island, B. C., Canada.
“The amount of bees that have been lost is just phenomenal.
It's the biggest catastrophe to kill bees on the Island ever.”
- Sol Nowitz, Jingle Pot Apiary, Nanaimo, B.C.

Beekeeper Sol Nowitz checks one of his remaining
20 out of 275 honey bee colonies at Jingle Pot Apiary.
Beekeepers all over Vancouver Island are experiencing up to 90%
die-offs of their honey bees, a huge loss that now threatens crop
pollination, they are disappearing even faster now.. Image © 2010 by Toby Gorman, The News Bulletin.
Some theories are that the 2009 summer heat wave reduced the amount of nectar food available to bees and varoa mite attacks weakened the bees' immune systems. But the truth is that scientists still have no definite answer for the death and disappearance syndrome of honey bees called Colony Collapse Syndrome. CCD was first reported in Pennsylvania in the fall of 2006, and spread around the Northern Hemisphere. Recently the most devastated bee populations on Vancouver Island have been Nanaimo and the mid-Island, while American beekeepers since January have seen at least 30% of their healthy honey bees trucked to California for almond pollination die mysteriously, many in only two or three weeks.

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03-12-2010 12:31 AM  8 years agoPost 2
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Ouch! 90% loss is bad news. I sympathize.

I was a beekeeper for a while, but sold all my colonies and equipment at a huge loss just before CCD really started hitting.

I got out of beekeeping for mostly health reasons, but I really enjoyed it while it lasted. I miss building hives, tending to the girls, extracting, bottling, etc.

Loss of pollinators could have devastating effects on our food supplies.

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03-12-2010 12:34 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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most of the population doesn't know what it means but this can bring about severe consequenses.

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03-12-2010 06:05 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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Bees aren't the only insects that pollinate. Moths, butterflies, certain fly species, etc, all pollinate. Not saying declining bee populations won't be an issue. Just saying that the world isn't going to fold in on itself and leave us living Mad Max style in assless leather chaps circling the last honey refinery hoping to steal that fat tank of honey. Gotta watch the sky is falling statements. These are the same people that told us we have reached Peak Oil and will be at $7 a gallon gas by the end of 08.

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03-12-2010 06:13 AM  8 years agoPost 5
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"""world isn't going to fold in on itself and leave us living Mad Max style in assless leather chaps circling the last honey refinery hoping to steal that fat tank of honey. """

Wrong thing to read while sipping a coffee One less keyboard in the world lol.

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03-12-2010 07:09 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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it won't be the honey we are worried about.

the assless leather chaps are coming before the bees get to us.

we just need another carrington event and we are already overdue.

that is when you'll dress like a member of the village people while holding a candle and riding a bicycle on your way to steal something with an ar-15 slung over your shoulder.

but they won't call you mad max. just another f#ckstick without electricity or a place to go to work.

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03-12-2010 08:09 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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Good riddance if you ask me.

I hate them and wish they were all dead!

I was attacked by a hornet just the other day, I dont know if was a hornet or what it was, but there all the same in my book, I just dont like any of there kind..

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03-12-2010 08:22 AM  8 years agoPost 8
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Heres a list of what bees pollinate

Almonds
Apples
Apricots
Avocadoes
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cherries
Citrus
Cranberries
Grapes
Kiwifruit
Loganberries
Macadamia nuts
Nectarines
Olives
Peaches
Pears
Plums/Prunes
Raspberries
Strawberries
Asparagus
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumbers
Cantaloupe
Honeydew
Onions
Pumpkins
Squash
Watermelons
Alfalfa Hay
Alfalfa Seed
Cotton Lint
Cotton Seed
Legume Seed
Peanuts
Rapeseed
Soybeans
Sugar Beets
Sunflowers

In china they already pollinate some fruits by hand

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