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Concerns grow for future of wild honey bees

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2009

The disappearance of wild bees isn’t particularly suggestive of a pesticide connection. Nor is this “let’s have more research to show why it’s pesticides” a particularly scientific approach. It’s a disappointing one from the Moray beekeepers who are perfectly aware of the EM radiation hypothesis as this article by beekeeper, Marion Lang, shows. I would have thought political correctness a scant compensation for the disaster we’ve got coming to us and that the failure of the experts to produce a coherent explanation for CCD was a good reason to consider all possibilities.

See also:

Is CCD Caused by Pesticides?

The Press and Journal

5th May, 2009

Moray beekeepers are calling for further research into pesticides amid concerns they may threaten the existence of the honey bee species.

Local beekeepers claim that 90% of Moray’s wild honey bee colonies have been wiped out since 2007.

The UK Government has invested £10million to fund research into bees, which deliver about £200million of value to the British economy by pollinating crops.

Rafford beekeeper John Salt said his summer pas-time of catching about 15 swarms for Moray Council has proved the wild colony is declining.

He said: “I used to get about 15 or 20 calls a year but last summer I think I got three calls.

“There were 19 wild colonies in chimney pots in roof spaces in the centre of Elgin. In the spring of 2008 they were all dead.

“There are virtually no wild swarms left.”

Last night other bee- keepers called for more scientific research, citing a “definite” decline in bee numbers.

Spey Bay beekeeper Tony Harris said he lost a third of his bees over the winter of 2007 and two colonies in the past month.

“All the feral colonies have died. If it wasn’t for bee keepers there probably wouldn’t be any bees,” he said.

The National Farmers Union said funding was needed to research pesticides.

Its north-west regional manager, Lorna Patterson. said: “We do recognise that bee populations are decreasing. What we’re not aware of is any one product that’s causing it.

“More funding is needed for pesticide research – especially if it is causing things like this to happen.”

Earlier this year the Co-operative supermarket chain – the UK’s biggest farmer with nearly 62,000 acres – banned the use of eight pesticides from its farms until they can be proven to be safe.

However, a spokesman for Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) said there was no evidence that pesticides has caused the recent decline.

“A number of factors have been identified, including the increased prevalence of the varroa mite, poor weather and the management of disease by some less experienced beekeepers,” he said.

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