Did you know that the colony collapse disorder is not affecting organic bee hives?

Question by Hope is certainty (Ross): Did you know that the colony collapse disorder is not affecting organic bee hives?
Here is a quote and a link http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5194.cfm

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.”

Best answer:

Answer by campbelp2002
No, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the information.

Many of the things you mention seem likely to be possible causes. Especially moving the hives all the time. I bet that really confuses the Bees. I always wondered how they could even do that without loosing half the bees every time they make a move.

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7 Responses to “Did you know that the colony collapse disorder is not affecting organic bee hives?”

  1. minniexluff on

    Thats really interesting i didnt know that but even the differences between non organic and organic honey bee farming, that Sharon Labchuk states, doesnt explain how the bees are disapearing without a trace, i mean why would the bees just leave their queen and wouldnt they show up somewhere?

  2. Julie R on

    Very interesting…

  3. slys3 on

    One possible theory for the disappearance has to do with cell phone radiation. It interferes with their tracking devices and they can’t find their way back to the hive.

  4. byderule on

    thanks for that.
    that sounds totally reasonable .

    chemicals fak with Nature ,and something always pays in the end

  5. norag on

    she sounds like exactly what Canada needs

  6. Reganomics Hooked on Logic on

    I dont see bees in public either. For the past 5 years I have had two nest by my house, this year none. I have a bee nest at work that is vacant this year, but the queen bees are alive and burrowing through wood, very impressive for a bee. It has to have something with man behind it. and i dont believe it is cell phones, we have had cell phones for about 15 years now, plus satellites beaming all over the world.

  7. crazyperson1972 on

    I honestly don’t know why anyone is ever surprised that organic farming is the better way. This is just another example of how organic farming methods trump all the others when it comes to sustainability. Sure, the big commercial guys might benefit in the short run from the pesticides and antibiotics, but if this causes their colonies to completely collapse, what do they have left for the long run? Long-term thinking…it’s what this world needs. Wish governments would GET A CLUE!

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