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17 billion honey bees injured, killed, threatening apple, berry, veggie crops | WashingtonExaminer.com
17 billion honey bees injured, killed, threatening apple, berry, veggie crops
By Paul Bedard | APRIL 4, 2014 AT 2:19 PM
Topics: Food and Drink Washington Secrets Agriculture California EPA Bees Insects
Photo - Beekeeper checking hives placed in an almond orchard. AP Photo Beekeeper checking hives placed in an almond orchard. AP Photo

Commercial beekeepers who flood California's almond orchards with nearly 2 million hives every March have lost 25 percent of their colonies to chemical sprays and they are blaming loose regulations for the injury and deaths of an estimated 17 billion bees.

The crisis, which robbed the beekeepers of at least $106 million, is expected to slam subsequent crops that need honeybee pollination from the commercial beekeepers including much of the nation’s fruits and vegetables such as apples, blueberries and squash.

“The enormity of this massacre is mind-numbing, and it will be felt all season long all across the U.S.,” said Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine, the industry journal.

He told Secrets that the beekeepers are threatening to stop trucking their bees to orchards and vegetable fields, or charge a big “pesticide surcharge” to cover losses. He revealed the kill-off in his "Catch the Buzz" column.
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“That beekeepers are no longer willing to make these sacrifices – no matter the fees charged or prices paid – is not only not a surprise, but should be reason enough for EPA and almond growers to pay attention to not what the chemical labels say, but what common sense dictates. DON’T SPRAY BEES WITH ANYTHING, EVER!” Flottum emailed Secrets.

Beekeepers have been urging the EPA to tighten restrictions on pesticides. They prefer spraying at night when bees are back in the hives, or no spraying at all.

The EPA has focused on the issue and believes the labels on approved chemicals are adequate. It has also moved to improve labels on pesticides to save bees and encouraged farmers to limit sprays so they don't spread in the wind. What's more, they can't police how farmers handle pesticides.

The Department of Agriculture is also spending $3 million to improve pastures in the midwest used by bees. Overall, bees are responsible for pollinating $15 billion worth of produce each year.

In the California case, the farmers claim they followed the approved chemical labeling and still the bees were hurt or killed.

According to the Pollinator Stewardship Council, a bee advocate group, the spray used in the almond fields resulted in "dead adult bees, and dead, dying, and deformed brood." A poll of 75 beekeepers found that 80,000 of their colonies were damaged, 75 percent of them severely.

Overall, said the council, about 1.7 million hives supplied by 1,300 commercial beekeepers were used to pollinate the almonds. Some 25 percent or up to 425,000 colonies, were severely damaged or killed. Each hive has some 40,000 or more bees.

The colony deaths were so large for some beekeepers that they don’t plan to return to the almond fields next year.

“What happens in almonds doesn’t stay in almonds,” said Flottum.

He added that the loss of bees involved in pollinating also hurt the practice of using hives expanded during their stay in almond orchards to make new hives and sell to big and hobby beekeepers, likely resulting in a bee shortage this summer.
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I have a strong hunch that that is how the bee population and some other off the radar creatures have depopulated and are fast disappearing. Not only active spraying but the passive poison of genetically altered insect resistant seeds.
As well in the irrigation process crop dusting a field will eventually dump the chemicals into streams, rivers and ground water.
And nobody is going to stop Monsanto cause they have "more money than God."
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This is not a good thing nor is

Bees one of many pollinators infected by virus implicated in colony collapse disorder -- ScienceDaily
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Bees still dyin' in droves...

1/3 of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year
May 26, 2017 | America's beekeepers watched as a third of the country's honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply.
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The annual survey of roughly 5,000 beekeepers showed the 33% dip from April 2016 to April 2017. The decrease is small compared to the survey's previous 10 years, when the decrease hovered at roughly 40%. From 2012 to 2013, nearly half of the nation's colonies died. "I would stop short of calling this 'good' news," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. "Colony loss of more than 30% over the entire year is high. It's hard to imagine any other agricultural sector being able to stay in business with such consistently high losses." The research, published Thursday, is the work of the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America. The death of a colony doesn't necessarily mean a loss of bees, explains vanEngelsdorp, a project director at the Bee Informed Partnership. A beekeeper can salvage a dead colony, but doing so comes at labor and productivity costs.


An annual survey shows a third of America's bee colonies were lost over the past year, and over 10 years, the numbers are even more troubling

That causes beekeepers to charge farmers more for pollinating crops and creates a scarcity of bees available for pollination. It's a trend that threatens beekeepers trying to make a living and could lead to a drop-off in fruits and nuts reliant on pollination, vanEngelsdor said. One in every three bites of food, van Engelsdorp said, is directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees, who pollinate about $15 billion worth of U.S. crops each year. Almonds, for instance, are completely reliant on honeybee pollination. "Keeping bees healthy is really essential in order to meet that demand," said vanEngelsdorp. He said there are concerns it won't.


U.S. beekeepers reported they lost 33% of their honey bee colonies over the past year.

So what's killing the honeybees? Parasites, diseases, poor nutrition, and pesticides among many others. The chief killer is the varroa mite, a "lethal parasite," which researchers said spreads among colonies. "This is a complex problem," said Maryland graduate student Kelly Kulhanek, who assisted with the study. "Lower losses are a great start, but it's important to remember that 33% is still much higher than beekeepers deem acceptable. There is still much work to do."


This summary chart shows the results of an 11-year annual survey that tracks honey bee colony losses in the United States, spanning 2006-2017.

vanEngelsdorp said people can do their part to save bee colonies by buying honey from a local beekeeper, becoming a beekeeper, avoiding using pesticides in your yard and making room for pollinators, such as honeybees, in your yard. "Bees are good indicators of the landscape as a whole," said Nathalie Steinhauer, who led data collection on the project. "To keep healthy bees, you need a good environment and you need your neighbors to keep healthy bees. Honeybee health is a community matter."

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Kill the bees. Anything to make an extra dollar. That is what I smell.
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Some hope for bees...

Study Finds Mixed News About Bee Populations
May 26, 2017 - There’s a glimmer of hope for the American bee population. But, according to a new study, the outlook for this critical insect is mostly grim. Researchers report a slowing of the rate of decline in the bee population over the past year, dropping to its lowest since 2011-2012.
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But, both commercial and small-scale beekeepers lost 33 percent of their honey bee colonies between April 2016 and April 2017. "While it is encouraging that losses are lower than in the past, I would stop short of calling this 'good' news," said Dennis van Engelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and project director for the Bee Informed Partnership, in a summary of the study. "Colony loss of more than 30 percent over the entire year is high," he added. "It's hard to imagine any other agricultural sector being able to stay in business with such consistently high losses."


A new study shows that while American bee populations are still falling, they may have slowed.

Researchers point to many causes for the drop in bee populations, with parasites, particularly the varroa mite, and other diseases as the main culprits. Pesticides are also a factor, according to the study, particularly among commercial beekeepers. The researchers describes like a kind of synergy among all the causes that amount to worsening each individual problem. "This is a complex problem," said Kelly Kulhanek, a graduate student in the UMD Department of Entomology who helped with the survey. "Lower losses are a great start, but it's important to remember that 33 percent is still much higher than beekeepers deem acceptable. There is still much work to do."

The annual survey, which has been conducted for 11 years, aims to find why bee colonies are suffering, a problem that can have big consequences for human beings, given that honey bees pollinate $15 billion worth of U.S. agriculture annually. Almonds, researchers say are a perfect example: their growth is entirely dependent on bees for pollination. "Bees are good indicators of the health of the landscape as a whole," said Nathalie Steinhauer, a graduate student in the UMD Department of Entomology who leads the data collection efforts for the annual survey. "Honey bees are strongly affected by the quality of their environment, including flower diversity, contaminants and pests....Honey bee health is a community matter."

Study Finds Mixed News About Bee Populations
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Study Finds Mixed News About Bee Populations
May 26, 2017 - There’s a glimmer of hope for the American bee population. But, according to a new study, the outlook for this critical insect is mostly grim. Researchers report a slowing of the rate of decline in the bee population over the past year, dropping to its lowest since 2011-2012.
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I have A hive. I hope to bring it through the winter.
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BEE-cause!...
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