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March 28, 2007

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Geez. I think these bees should just suck it up and deal with it. Stressed? We're all stressed! Aren't we being asked to work longer and harder too? And how many of us HAVEN'T had to move because of our jobs? Anyone? Anyone?

That's no reason to fly off and die, for Pete's sake! At least they get to smell flowers and enjoy nice scenery all day.

And the beekeepers are even feeding them high fructose corn syrup to help them out. Why, if you look at your food labels, you'll see that's the same thing that we eat a lot of. And you don't see US keeling over with weird autoimmune disorders, do you?

Hey, wait a minute...

Huh.. I never realized the bee was so important. I mean, I knew they were important but not on such a grand scale. Okay yeah, I didn't think much about them unless I was drizzling their sweet, sweet honey on my melons.

Also, I'll never trust a grape again. Thanks for that.

This is really sad. Because, as we all know, everything is connected.

If the bees are dying, then the obvious and immediate downstream issue is no more honey and no more grapefruit... but what about the things that are already going wrong upstream of this to cause the bees to die? It's hardly an emotional problem being that we humans seem to be the only one's with ridiculous enough emotions to do that. There's clearly something in the natural circle to cause this, it's just we humans are often times too blind or otherwise too distracted to see it.

And how about all the birds that eat all the bees (I've heard the dead ones don't taste as fresh as the live ones), and the animals that depend on the cauliflower to survive (not sure what animal that is, but I'm sure it's a flatulent one). How about the plants that depend on pollination (excluding those that we eat). We homeopaths depend on animal, plant and mineral substances in order to cure illnesses like depression, asthma and cancer! Including Apis (honeybee) and everything upstream and downstream of it!

I certainly hope that this issue doesn't have the same effect on the "birds and the bees", as it's having on the birds and the bees, if you know what I mean... (perhaps then we humans might be moved to do something??).

I fully endorse drizzling honey on Lisa's sweet, sweet melons. Wait...did I say that out loud?

Sure did, Shizzle. Nice.

Sister: The silver lining, I guess, is an end to wild animal flatulence. Huzzah!

Lisa: I believe Shizzle already covered my comment.

CCD: Is that really you? If you truly are who you say you are, then how about some answers, damnit? Or, at least, a prayer?

Well, you asked for it. This problem is not new news. It's been around since the late 1800's. However, farming was different in those times. Today, native bees can't keep up with commercial farming. Bees are imported and their hives are trucked from crop to crop. And the bees, basically, are falling to their knees. What else would you expect?

Okay, Colony Collapse Disorder, but are you animal, vegetable, or mineral? I'm no scientist, but I'd guess chemical, or whatever category pesticides fall into. Did the Varroa mites turn you against us? Well, did they? DID THEY?

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for linking to my dead bees post.

Just wanted to respond to CCD. I don't know about the 1800s but 20 years ago beekeeping was much easier than it is today. The bees are not being overworked. They are naturally industrious. The problem is that they are having to cope with more diseases, mites (Varrora, Hive Beetle), pest controls etc.

English seasonal Bee Inspectors started working a month earlier than usual in an attempt to cope with the problems that beekeepers are now experiencing.

Holy Schnikeys!

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