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Another Environmental Lie Exposed: Bees are Thriving
Canada Free Press ^ | 1/30/2014 | Alan Caruba

Posted on 01/31/2014 7:03:22 AM PST by rktman

I cannot say it strong enough. Do not believe the lies that environmental groups, particularly those that receive millions from liberal foundations and from members who never question the “science” they claim to justify massive scare campaigns.

One such organization is Friends of the Earth (FOE) and its latest claim is that bees are dying all over the world as the result of the use of pesticides in agriculture and by people protecting their gardens. It is a lie.

The attack on the use of pesticides began in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” that claimed that their use posed a threat to human life. She said “Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species—man—acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.”

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bees; gangreen; rachelcarson
Don't know if there are any beekeepers on here but I can tell you there's no shortage of bees when my lavender bushes come back in the spring. Now if I could just put a tracker on one of them to find the hive.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 7:03:22 AM PST by rktman
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2 posted on 01/31/2014 7:04:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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My daughter tried to keep bees, but they abandoned their hives. Evidence indicates, though, that they swarmed and went elsewhere, not that they died.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 7:06:26 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: rktman

I’m thankful for those bees, especially the orange blossom honey that I need to make mead.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 7:07:33 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: rktman

Bring Back DDT!
Millions have died because of the ban.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 7:08:32 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: knittnmom

LOL! Yeah. The real hard part is training them to make their deposits in those little plastic bear squeeze bottles. :>}


6 posted on 01/31/2014 7:08:33 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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“Rachel Carson’s book predicted .......the massive loss of bird species...... due to the use of pesticides. It was a bestseller and is still in print. She was wrong,..... “

I find it rather humorous that The “Friends of The Earth”s acronym is FOE.

I found a bee dieoff..a couple of years ago and nearly fell for the “massive bee death” propaganda.

Thank you.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 7:08:58 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: rktman

I am an ex bee keeper. My colonies repeatedly died off.

There is no question that bee populations are diminishing. The question is the cause.

Pesticides can be blamed but most believe the cause is biological.

BTW..... until we learn to communicate with bees, we can forget about communicating with extraterrestrials


8 posted on 01/31/2014 7:09:34 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: rktman

I have been thinking about keeping some bees this year for honey

any freepers here have that hobby?


9 posted on 01/31/2014 7:10:19 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Vaquero

No doubt one of the most vilified products ever. Billy boy rucklehouse banned it by rote just to shut the envirowackos up. “Ebidence? We don’t need no steenkin” ebidence!” Supposition substituting for science.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 7:11:08 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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So an article by a pesticide salesman, whose only relevant source on the subject of his article is another pesticide salesman, is proof that there is no decline in bee populations due to pesticides or any other cause.

And anyway, who cares, it’s just damn bees, and they sting! AMIRITE!


11 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:03 AM PST by babble-on
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rktman: "Don't know if there are any beekeepers on here..."

I'm not a beekeeper, but some of my neighbors are.
I can tell you bees are hardy, though not indestructible.
You have to take good care of them...

You know how they say, "happy wife = happy life"?
Well, with bees, it's the same: treat them right, or no honey tonight.

;-)

12 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:15 AM PST by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: MeshugeMikey

LOL! And now it’s the windmills (with govt approval) that’s the cause. Ya can’t make this stuff up.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:37 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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We’ve seen a marked decrease in honey bees in North Texas.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:51 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: rktman

Dr Michael Crichton:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aSYla0y9Wcs&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DaSYla0y9Wcs


15 posted on 01/31/2014 7:15:46 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: bert

Do you think limiting moving bees across state lines would slow spread of disease? I would think orchards would be better off if they partnered with local beekeepers instead of moving the bees so far and often. Of course having local hives would not work until they stopped bring in hives and diseases from other states. This is just an opinion but I would love to see a study on the issue. That seems like a much more likely problem than some vague pesticide.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 7:16:00 AM PST by Shanty Shaker
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To: rktman
I used to get honey bees and bumble bees in my lavender bushes. For the past 5 years or so, only bumble bees showed up.

Haven't found honey bees at all recently. [Anecdotal observation, of course.]

17 posted on 01/31/2014 7:16:24 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: rktman

I don’t know the cause, but there has been a definite decrease in the bees (both honey & bumble) in our area (Philly suburbs) - so much so that we are considering placing a hive in our backyard — we have several butterfly bushes that used to be a mass of buzzing bees and they were barren this past summer/fall — not many butterflies either.


18 posted on 01/31/2014 7:20:40 AM PST by twyn1
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To: rktman

windmills are killing BEES? oh yes the birds.

we are KILLING MOTHER GAIA.....run away run away.!!

Have none of the eviroloons ever flown....in a jet airplane at altitude? I cant imagine anyone havong done so not having some insight as to how MAMMOTH this earth really is.

The envoroloons arrogance is nearly as large...thinking man can alter the course of the “life” of the earth.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 7:20:46 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Sir Napsalot

In western NY I have seen an abundance of honey bees, bumble bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and some little bee like thing. They were all over my flowers last summer.

On an odd side note, my wife pets the bumble bees when they are on the sunflowers and roses. Not sure if it is skill or luck but she hasn’t been stung yet. I cringe when I see her do it.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 7:23:47 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: rktman

I always loved those photos wear a guy is wearing like a million bees on himself. Pretty neat trick!


21 posted on 01/31/2014 7:24:19 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I used to see honeybees all the time. Haven’t seen one in years. Seems like the only ones around are the ones shipped in by produce farmers.


22 posted on 01/31/2014 7:24:38 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Shanty Shaker

No.

The bees in question are in effect local bees that are temporarily moved elsewhere. They do not propagate in the temporary location because the bee keepers are easily able to eliminate the swarming tendency in a temporary foreign location.

Swarming is a sexual reproductive act. Bees decide the population is great enough to permit a swarm to follow the existing queen to a new site determined by scouts and then voted on by the swarm.

The colonyleft behind raises a new queen that becomes impregnated by several drones and then proceeds to raise a new crop of bees using the ample stores left by those that left.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 7:24:41 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Azeem

Just last night I took some of the best Vanilla Ice Cream ever made (Zwahlen’s) added chopped walnuts and honey. YYYYuuuuummmmm!


24 posted on 01/31/2014 7:26:00 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Mr. K

Believe it or don’t but the reward for keeping bees as a hobby comes from watching and learning about them rather than the honey.

I would suggest strongly learning the location of a bee keepers group, contacting them and then finding a mentor among the group. There will always be one. I have a childhood friend who took p the hobby at 68 and she is having a great time.

The Spring, say April, is the time to order bees and start. You have two months or so to become acquainted with the locals and learn their recommendations for getting started this year.

These are fine people....

http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/?utm_expid=4481551-1.Ul117vjyQxagL9U5vSD6Cw.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dbee%2Bsupplies%2Bnorth%2Bcarolina%26qs%3DAS%26sk%3DAS4%26pq%3Dbee%2Bsupplies%2B%26sc%3D8-13%26sp%3D5%26FORM%3DQBRE%26cvid%3D07893c71e87c44cf9cb113e597290a56


25 posted on 01/31/2014 7:33:05 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: rktman

The Eviro-whackos HATE PEOPLE.

They want population control.

Anything that increases food productivity and supports population growth is opposed by them.


26 posted on 01/31/2014 7:41:01 AM PST by G Larry
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To: bert

According to Doctor Who, bees ARE an alien life form - http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Bee - from the planet Melissa Majoria in the Medusa Cascade. ;-)


27 posted on 01/31/2014 7:43:04 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: rktman

All of our local bee keepers lost their colonies, as did most bee keepers where my parents live.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 7:44:10 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: G Larry

Yup. I believe that the scientist known as algore mentioned something about pop control at the meeting of the rich and famous in Davos last week. I’m sure he cashed in enough carbon credits to offset the Citation V flight there and back. (or whatever jet was used. I’m fairly certain it wasn’t southwest)


29 posted on 01/31/2014 7:46:06 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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There are almost no bees in our area. In summer if you see one its a miracle. A friend of ours had all his hives just die off about 6 mos ago. No idea why.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 7:48:52 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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We stopped hearing about the beehive die offs, and they did happen, when the scientists discovered it was actually a virus that was killing them.

(Of course the virus was caused by globalvwarming :-|)


31 posted on 01/31/2014 7:52:37 AM PST by Organic Panic
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It’s true that I’ve seen very few honeybees in the past fifteen years, but there are plenty of other bees around, carpenter bees, wasps, bumblebees, and yellow jackets.


32 posted on 01/31/2014 7:53:47 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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Gore didn’t just “mention population control”.

He showed his true RACIST agenda by stating what a disaster it would be if we didn’t CONTROL THE POPULATION GROWTH IN AFRICA!!!!


33 posted on 01/31/2014 7:55:20 AM PST by G Larry
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Yeah, but he’s protected because he’s doing these things for the good of mankind. Ergo; he ain’t racis’. Just we are. He’s trying to help them. We’re just trying to kill them. HUH? Bizzaro world. Not one person that I’m aware of called him on it either.


34 posted on 01/31/2014 7:57:49 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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Maybe it was the Swine Flu.


35 posted on 01/31/2014 8:01:45 AM PST by dfwgator
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I’m still waiting for all the trees in the Northeast to die off from acid rain, oh wait.............


36 posted on 01/31/2014 8:08:13 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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The Bee Informed Partnership (http://beeinformed.org), in collaboration with the Apiary
Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
is releasing preliminary results for the seventh annual national survey of honey bee
colony losses. For the 2012/2013 winter season, a total of 6,287 U.S. beekeepers
provided validated responses. Collectively, responding beekeepers managed 599,610
colonies in October 2012, representing about 22.9%1 of the country’s estimated 2.62
million colonies.

Preliminary survey results indicate that 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the
United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter. This represents an increase in loss
of 9.2 points or 42% over the previous 2011/2012 winter’s total losses that were
estimated at 21.9% (Figure 1). This level of loss is on par with the 6 year average total
loss of 30.5%2.

On average, U.S. beekeepers lost 45.1% of the colonies in their operation during the
winter of 2012/2013. This is a 19.8 point or 78.2% increase in the average operational
loss compared to the previous winter (2011/2012), which was estimated at 25.3%. The
difference between average loss and total loss is explained by the respondent pool: while
a majority of the respondents (95%) were backyard beekeepers, they managed a small
fraction of the colonies represented in the survey (6%). For this reason total loss (which
is more heavily influenced by commercial beekeeper losses) is more representative of
national losses.

Survey participants indicated that they considered a loss rate of 15% as “acceptable,” but
70% of them suffered losses greater than this.
http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/winter-loss-survey-2012-2013/


37 posted on 01/31/2014 8:11:19 AM PST by squeegee boy (the proof is in the pudding.)
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Now if I could just put a tracker on one of them to find the hive.

I'm sure one of the alphabets could do it. Better use of our money than logging my phone calls telling me to pick up a 1/2 pound of baloney and cheese.

38 posted on 01/31/2014 8:17:55 AM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: squeegee boy

I keep bees and belong to a local beekeepers group. Every one of us in the group has had major losses of up to 50%over the past 5 years due to CCD, varroa mites, neonictinoids from pesticides, and even cell phone signals have been known to throw the bees off their game. They have recently even discovered zombie bees among beeekeepers in VT which become afflicted through fly bites. Beekeeping is tiring but rewarding profession or hobby. Billions of people depending on the honey bee for the food on their table. This die off has serious implications for every human.


39 posted on 01/31/2014 8:18:43 AM PST by squeegee boy (the proof is in the pudding.)
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By the way, the honey you buy at the supermarket is NOT honey in any way shape or form. Local honey has thousands of medicinal and nutrition applications. Honey is also the only food we consume that will NEVER spoil. Honey has been removed from jars in Egyptian crypts of Pharaohs and was still edible. Did you know that the US medical staffs in Iraq and Afghanistan use bandages soaked in honey to treat hideous burns and stop bleeding? Bees also produce propolis, a hard resin that is stronger than novocaine and often called Russian penicillin because it is used to treat hundreds of ailments by Russian farmers who could be days away from any doctor. I could go on for hours.


40 posted on 01/31/2014 8:26:56 AM PST by squeegee boy (the proof is in the pudding.)
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thought maybe its a joke about pesticides in food .Monsanto? the bees are getting sick from pesticides. Maybe you know that maybe not.


41 posted on 01/31/2014 8:45:05 AM PST by birdpoop
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The bee-killing culprit is..

NICOTINE USED IN PESTICIDES!

42 posted on 01/31/2014 8:48:59 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: knittnmom

Pretty common, I guess. My friend down the street is a beekeeper, and keeps hives in his back yard. Fascinating.

He replaces his bees about once every three years. The hive moves on once it grows to the point where they think they are going to need more space.

He says he can pretty much call when they’ll bail now - the bee boxes he keeps reach about 60% full. Rather than buy new boxes, he watches them bail, then buys a new queen.


43 posted on 01/31/2014 8:51:51 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Sir Napsalot

I don’t know about bees, but I only saw a few butterflies last Summer. Too many lawn chemicals? My lawn is made mostly of green weeds.


44 posted on 01/31/2014 9:13:19 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: squeegee boy

A bee keeper I know said mites are a big problem. He fixes that by putting menthol cough drops in the hives. Bees eat the drops for the sugar and the menthol kills the mites. Was he pulling my leg?


45 posted on 01/31/2014 12:51:16 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Azeem

How much you need? I’m going to Florida Tuesday and want to stop for some. Would make mead with recipe.


46 posted on 01/31/2014 1:04:19 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I haven’t seen a monarch butterfly in 20 years. Something has killed them off. There’s a smaller yellow one that stops in the garden for a few days each year but it isn’t here long either.


47 posted on 01/31/2014 4:54:22 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: rktman

Environmentalists hate people. They also hate capitalism. They are not truly environmentalists, just communists.


48 posted on 02/01/2014 12:38:21 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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