Saturday, April 27, 2013

EU update on bee decline

If you've read my posting (Jan. 12, 2013, Killer in a Bottle???), this will bring you up to speed on some news about how chemicals are affecting the bee population in our world. In my profession chemicals are used and have been for decades, as tools to manage insects/disease and vegetation. Many have been discontinued over the years and great improvements made. As can be said of all our chemical and industrial inventions. We need chemicals in our lives to improve our quality of lives and manage our resources. As with anything, we must do our best to make sure they are as nontoxic as we can be assured. This has been an especially scary year for beekeepers that have lost nearly all their bees in some parts of the U.S. and Europe. There have been several theories on why and it is still being heavily studied. In the meantime, there appears to be growing evidence of certain chemicals as the culprit. With this, here is another update and hopefully it will be a better year for our "bees"...

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