When researchers collected honey samples from around the world, they found that three-quarters of them had a common type of pesticide suspected of playing a role in the decline of bees. Even honey …
“Unfortunately, and predictably, the overheated mainstream news headlines also generated a slew of even more exaggerated stories on activist and quack websites where undermining agricultural chemicals is a top priority (e.g., Greenpeace, End Times Headlines, and Friends of the Earth). The takeaway: The “beepocalypse” is accelerating. A few news outlets, such as Reuters (“Field Studies Fuel Dispute Over Whether Banned Pesticides Harm Bees”) and the Washington Post (“Controversial Pesticides May Threaten Queen Bees. Alternatives Could Be Worse.”), got the contradictory findings of the study and the headline right.”
Beekeeping on an industrial scale is central to American agriculture, and “colony collapse” has proved to be a severe test.
The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees’ immune system and attack the mite itself.
The fuzzy pollinators are also the only bees that make an excess of honey.
A mesmerizing look inside the beehives and pollination operation of a third-generation commercial beekeeper as he ships his bees across California for almond season.
Don’t worry, bee happy.
“You’ve probably heard the bad news by now that bees were recently added to the endangered species list for the first time. But if you’re part of the 60 percent of people who share stories without actually reading them, you might have missed an important detail: namely, that the newly endangered bees are a handful of relatively obscure species who live only in Hawaii.”
Organic methods of varroa mite control include splitting off nucleus colonies, trapping mites, using heat to kill mites, and keeping screened bottom boards.