Over the winter, the beekeeper here at the farm lost several hives and I’ve been curious as to why the bees didn’t thrive. I’ve been doing some of my own research and also had the opportunity to listen to an interview with Maryam Henein, director of the documentary Vanishing of the Bees during the Self Reliance Summit, sponsored by Nathan Crane. While there are many reasons being considered to determine why our bees have disappeared, one possibility is colony collapse disorder derived from systemic pesticides. The first generation aren’t necessarily impacted which makes it sometimes difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a loss. While the hives were registered and pesticide applicators fulfilled the requirements, the damage was still possible. Bees aren’t aware of our man-made schedule for pesticide application and tend to be out and about whenever it best suits their needs.
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