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post #10 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2010, 01:29 PM
mimitabby
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Join Date: Apr 2010
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honeybees are imported from Europe. Bumblebees are natives. i keep a watch and although there are a lot less Honeybees there still are a few around here. We have all sorts of other pollinators, like birds and flies and mason bees and hornets. The problem is the way we have abused the honeybees.
They take them all over the countryside in trucks. they are exposed to chemical fertilizers and insecticides. DUH... so they are stressed and weakened and it doesn't take much to just push them over the edge. I know some organic beekeepers and they are NOT having this problem.
There is also a population of wild bees somewhere in the northwest USA that have become resistant to the varroa mites...
what has to change is how we farm..
buy locally produced food whenever you can.


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