I think that Organic bee keeping is unlikely to be the answer to CCD.


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Emerson White is a biology student working on post grad while doing private research on the side.
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2 Responses to Bees

  1. Jonathan Byron says:

    Well, it really depends on the cause, which is not known for sure. Even if one particular pathogen is finally nailed down as ‘the cause’, that wouldn’t necessarily mean that some organic practices might not be useful in reducing the impact of the disease. For example, is feeding bees on a monoculture (ie, middle of a thousand acre almond orchard) something that makes them more susceptible than a diversified diet? Is robbing them of all of their honey and pollen, then feeding them with high-fructose corn syrup and soy protein really all that healthy? Or is forcing the comb size making them more susceptible to varroa mites, which stresses their immune system? What about the ‘free trade’ idiocy of moving colonies from all over the country to a few small spots for pollination in California, then shipping them back across the country after they have had a chance to exchange diseases with each other? How can you say with certainty that none of this affects the spread or virulency of CCD?? You can’t.

  2. opcnup says:

    Oh moving bees around absolutely leads to the spread of CCD, we know that beyond the shadow of a doubt. even with a potential cause keeping bees well still matters, but the video I was responding to was purporting to be able to stop it, with out any evidence to that effect, and with the prior plausibility fairly low.

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