Darn scientists trying to save bees. Why? They sting, right?

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    •Honeybees are important pollinators in agricultural, urban and natural landscapes.
    •Bees pollinate about 130 fruit, vegetable, nut, ornamental and fiber crops in the United States, contributing about $15 billion annually through improved crop yield and product quality.
    •Hundreds of millions of dollars are additionally generated through the sale of hive products such as honey, wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and venom.

    Learn more about honeybees - Nightly News - msnbc.com

    Scientists suspect corn insecticide in mass bee deaths

    FREDERIC, Wi., March 9, 2012 — Bees are nearing a “crises,” prompting the government to spend millions on a massive data base and asking beekeepers on March 27 for advice on how to save them and prevent the nation’s agriculture from collapsing.

    “We’re not very far above a crisis or a critical situation,” said Jeffery Pettis, lead bee researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “We’re operating on a very thin margin as far as meeting pollination demands.”

    Government says bees in crisis and funds millions for local solutions | Washington Times Communities

    When I read about the Republican "War on Science", the hatred for the EPA and the disdain for scientists, I shudder to think what would happen to this country if their radical stone age agenda was ever realized.
     
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    Y'know, if you cut out that last paragraph this could have been a rather informative post which could have led to a somewhat educational thread. Instead, it's just another fucked up treatise.
     
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    Derp, derp, derp, derp, derp, derp, derp, derp, derp, derp......................
     
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    One contributing factor to colony collapse disorder...
    :confused:
    Pesticides hit queen bee numbers
    29 March 2012 - Pesticides are not the whole problem, but some think they could be a significant one

     
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    My cousin and his wife have a beekeeping operation:
    Walter T. Kelley Company

    I asked him about this, and he said that in order to protect the ag industry we will see nothing but a song and dance routine from the government.
     
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    DDT can still be used to combat malaria. It's agricultural use that's been banned. Besides, years of overuse have led to resistant populations. There are better, though more expensive, pesticides.

    DDT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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