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The honey bee hasn't had a great time these last few years.
In 2006 some thing new was happening to honey bee hives in America. It Was discovered by a commerical pollinator, one who trucks loads of bees across America pollinating crops like citrus, Almonds , blue berries and apples along with many other crops where the land owner doesn't have honey bees to do the job for him his self. This new thing was named Colony Collapse Disorder , the only thing that was found to be common in this disapperance at first was it was solely the commerical beekeepers who seemed to be effected. Whole colonys will dissappear only leaving the queen a some young workers in the hive.
There were many a thought given to the dissaperance's

Since that first report of CCD millions have been spent on trying to find the answers. Most of the millions are coming from donations from beekeepers in nickles and dimes some times. Some from bussiness who benifit from what the honey bee does for crops. Even Ice Cream making companies are donateing and setting up a percent of sales from some flavores.


They have found an proven some of the findings.

1. Malnutrition

Wild honeybees that remain in nature forage on the diversity of flowers in their habitat, enjoying a variety of pollen and nectar sources.
Honeybees used commercially limit their foraging to specific crops, such as almonds, blueberries, or cherries. Colonies kept by hobbyist beekeepers may fare no better, as suburban and urban neighborhoods offer limited plant diversity. Honeybees fed on single crops, or limited varieties of plants, may suffer nutritional deficiencies that stress their immune systems.

2. Pesticides

Any disappearance of an insect species would implicate pesticide use as a potential cause, and CCD is no exception. Beekeepers are particularly concerned about a possible connection between Colony Collapse Disorder and neonicotinoids, or nicotine-based pesticides. One such pesticide, imidacloprid, is known to affect insects in ways similar to the symptoms of CCD.

3. Genetically Modified Crops

Another suspect in the case is the pollen of genetically modified crops, specifically corn altered to produce Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) toxin. Most researchers agree that exposure to Bt pollen alone is not a likely cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. Not all hives foraging on Bt pollen succumbed to CCD, and some CCD-impacted colonies never foraged near genetically modified crops. However, a possible link may exist between Bt and disappearing colonies when those bees had compromised health for other reasons. German researchers note a possible correlation between exposure to Bt pollen and compromised immunity to the fungus Nosema

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Just do a search for CCD. You will comeup with all kinds of stuff on it. Even stuff that has proven false like cell phone towers.

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Over the last 6 years of research it has came down to many things that cause CCD in America. Vorroa mites is a big problem as they carry viruses and other things plus the damage they do them selves.
At our resent SEMBA bee conference we learned that the USA as a whole has a winter loss rateof 30 % advrage and as high as 39 % in the last 15 years.
Much of it can be laid right at the bee keepers door step. Allowing queens to live past their prime so they do not have a good supply of young bees to over winter the hive and keep it warm enough. Refuseing to use some form of mite control, it has been proven with no controlls most hives can not live more than 4 years. Of course there are exceptions to that rule because there are breeding programs under way that has bred a more hygenic bee that can groom the mites off each others bodies. Although that comes to naut if you are not useing a screen bottom board so the mites fall away for the colony of bees and can't simply hitch a ride with the next bee that walks near them. We are in that breeding program our selves. Then there is the matter of greed, Bee keepers just simply rob to much honey from the bees and aqlso refuse to spend adime on surgar to make syrup to feed them to make up the short fall.
Support American and Canadian bee keepers. When you buy local honey you know it is from a wide viraty of plants and such. A grocery store shelf of honey can bee a blend of honey from any place and that includes China. China does not have the laws of what can be labled honey and what kinds of chemicals the hive was treated with.

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