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Bee-saving effort unveiled by White House
Desert Sun ^ | 6-20-2014 | Raju Chebium

Posted on 06/20/2014 12:06:34 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

The White House on Friday announced a new effort to save honeybees, birds, bats, insects and other pollinator species that are critical for the nation's fruit, nut and vegetable growers but are dwindling rapidly.

California's $4.8 billion almond industry — the world's biggest — is especially imperiled because the crops are exclusively pollinated by honeybees, which have experienced dramatic declines over the past 60 years, the White House said.

Habitat loss, mite infestations, the loss of genetic diversity and increased exposure to pesticides are some of the reasons why there are only 2.5 million beehives in the U.S. today compared to 6 million in 1947, the White House said in a statement.

President Barack Obama ordered the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to lead a government-wide effort to understand precisely why honey bees, Monarch butterflies and other species are dying off and figure out ways to stem the declines.

(Excerpt) Read more at desertsun.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: almonds; bees; insects; obama
So is there a national beehive registry that the bees can use?
1 posted on 06/20/2014 12:06:34 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

The killer bees are the problem.


2 posted on 06/20/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Section 8 bee hives with Africanized bees installed in every neighborhood?


3 posted on 06/20/2014 12:12:32 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Citizen Zed

Sure glad he is giving his attention to the really important things going on in the world. Don’t get me wrong the honey bee is valuable and its decline isn’t good, however is this something the resident should be giving his attention to at this moment.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 12:13:22 PM PDT by cork (Gun control = hitting what you aim at)
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To: Citizen Zed

Anyone have a list of the TOP Priorities of the White House now?

LOL!


5 posted on 06/20/2014 12:13:28 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Citizen Zed

So I wonder if he’ll stop federal support for wind power that is so destructive to these critters?


6 posted on 06/20/2014 12:14:28 PM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent / Cruz 2016)
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To: Citizen Zed

Women bees and minority bees hardest hit.


7 posted on 06/20/2014 12:17:50 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Citizen Zed

If history is any guide, this is the first step to bee extinction.

And it will be Bush’s fault...


8 posted on 06/20/2014 12:20:52 PM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Seen on Twitter recently—

Scientist 1: But WHY is the bee population dying?
Scientist 2: No idea. *eats bee*
Scientist 1: Did you just eat a bee?
Scientist 2: *eats bee* No.


9 posted on 06/20/2014 12:23:34 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Reeses

I already have mine, it’s up to the rest of you to do your part! Remember when Beekeepers would come out to for free to remove a hive? Now because of the Africanized bees all they want to do is kill them and only if you pay.


10 posted on 06/20/2014 12:27:03 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Citizen Zed
Habitat loss

(code for landgrab in the making)

The enviroweenie government turned the central and southern valleys into dustbowls over a transpacific dinosaur fish. It follows that the bats, bees and butterflys would then lose their farm, orchard and ranch habitats.

11 posted on 06/20/2014 12:32:25 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Citizen Zed
Even though it is just a file, this image is in danger of being worn out soon due to excessive use. It just seems to be a perfect fit for describing everything that Obama does.


12 posted on 06/20/2014 12:36:02 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Citizen Zed

California agriculture primarily needs WATER!

But the EPA cut that off to ruin the farmers, and pointed to some tiny fish as endangered species.

There are many post here of the farmers and the protesters pleading to get the water turned back on as decades of perennial crops dry up and die.

This is just phase one of yet another land grab / poke in americas eye.


13 posted on 06/20/2014 12:42:29 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: longfellow

Maybe they should ban windmills which conservatively kill over 600,000 bats per year along with untold numbers of birds.


14 posted on 06/20/2014 12:43:56 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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NOOOO. The liberal way is to set up expensive classes to teach the bats and birds with some lib teacher. Then they won’t know why the animals didn’t show up.


15 posted on 06/20/2014 12:48:04 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Citizen Zed

When there is an oil spill and a few dozen seagulls are killed... oil companies end up paying billions. Windmills kill 1.4 million birds and bats per year but it is completely overlooked. The 3 per cent of power in the USA generated by windmills has to be backed up with enough conventional power generation facilities to completely cover the substantial portion of the time that the wind conditions are either too strong or not enough for them to be used for power generation. The inmates are now running the asylum.

“Even though wind power generates only 3 percent of U.S. electricity, wind turbines kill 573,000 birds each year and 888,000 bats each year, the study reported. Many of the birds and bats killed by wind turbines are endangered and protected species.”

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/07/24/us-wind-turbines-kill-14-million-birds-and-bats-every-year


16 posted on 06/20/2014 12:51:10 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Be afraid bees, be very afraid. The government is here to help you.


17 posted on 06/20/2014 12:52:28 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Citizen Zed

Does this mean he’s going to tear down all of the windmills that confuse bats so they can’t eat the bugs they need to survive?


18 posted on 06/20/2014 12:52:56 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Citizen Zed
The honeybee is not even a native species to America. They were brought here by European settlers. The honey bee is manipulated thru technology to prevent it's natural behaviors and reproduction in order to increase honey yields and make it more managable.

I am a bee keeper. All the problems we have are traced to scientisits importing strains, selective breeding, colony design of man's choosing, forced over crowding in fields, swarm prevention, and the use of drugs, antifungals, and just stupid intervention of the natural behaviors of colonies.

19 posted on 06/20/2014 12:53:23 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Worker Bees of the World, UNITE! No Honey, No Peace!


20 posted on 06/20/2014 12:54:09 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Citizen Zed

I keep being amazed at how many “creative” ways these tyrants, under the veil of the environment, can find ways to take land from private land owners.


21 posted on 06/20/2014 1:09:45 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: longfellow

Back around 1971 someone wrote that they were afraid of what the African bees would do when they reached the USA, as they were still down around Honduras.

Some scientist reassured everyone that when the African bees reached the US, they would have been genetically modified by inbreeding with the calmer European bees and there would be no problem.

It didn’t work.


22 posted on 06/20/2014 1:17:06 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Citizen Zed
saw this in a London "organic fashion" store


23 posted on 06/20/2014 1:22:12 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
It didn’t work.

ditto for African presidents in the US

24 posted on 06/20/2014 1:23:18 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Because without fruits, nuts, and flowers where would Democrats find their votes?


25 posted on 06/20/2014 1:32:53 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: InterceptPoint

If he could play the fiddle, at least he’d have one redeeming quality.


26 posted on 06/20/2014 1:40:02 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Citizen Zed

Oh, what the bleeping freep? Bee populations can only flee from the “help” of the Obama administration, if they can.


27 posted on 06/20/2014 4:33:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Cynicism is a far greater spiritual danger than naivete." ~ Stephen Webb)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

THOSE SCIENTISTS WENT ONTO GLOBAL WARMING.


28 posted on 06/22/2014 10:09:28 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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