Monday, September 01, 2008
Missing Bees - Where are they?
The negative implications of colony collapse disorder (CCD) is far ranging. Numerous bee farmers have had entire colonies die off or go missing, billions of dollars have been lost and many even say Albert Einstein made a dire prediction that: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left." (snopes cannot confirm)
Honey bees are dying all over the globe. Here's why!
For over a year, the media has been reporting about the dramatic loss of bees in Europe and North America. As many as 50% to 90% of the bee populations have simply vanished, leaving their hives empty and forcing farmers to demand investigations to determine the cause.
At first it was only the honeybees that were decimated -- then the bumblebee populations began to disappear. Bumblebees are responsible for pollinating an estimated 15 percent of all the crops grown in the U.S., worth $3 billion, particularly those raised in greenhouses. Those include tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. The crisis was eventually given a name: Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.
CCD is a "fake disease!"
The most popular theory, aside from the varroa mite [right] and cellphone RF radiation, has been the belief that a virus -- similar to AIDS -- has infected the bees. A team led by scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Pennsylvania State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Arizona, and 454 Life Sciences found a significant connection between the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) and colony collapse disorder (CCD) in honey bees.
Continued: The Missing Bees (Where are they)