what is killing the honey bees?

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    Bug spray killin' the bees...
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    Insecticides linked to honeybee die-offs
    WASHINGTON, March 15,`12 (UPI) -- Die-offs of honeybees critical for pollinating food crops -- part of so-called colony collapse disorder -- is linked to an insecticide, a U.S. journal reports.
     
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    Carnac says...

    Before this thread is done, someone will blame Republicans...
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTiQTRWbeDw]Monsanto is killing our bee population with pesticides - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Poor dears have mold allergies.
     
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    Corporate frakenfood mold...and you are next...life in the food chain
     
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    Better remind me tomorrow. I tend to forget stupid stuff that won't happen.
     
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    In 2007, some authorities attributed the problem to biotic factors such as Varroa mites and insect diseases (i.e., pathogens including Nosema apis and Israel acute paralysis virus).
    Other proposed causes include environmental change-related stresses, malnutrition, pesticides (e.g.. neonicotinoids such as clothianidin and imidacloprid, and migratory beekeeping.
    More speculative possibilities have included both cell phone radiation and genetically modified (GM) crops with pest control characteristics. Relatively little attention has been given to the artificial selective breeding of bees for industrial use, the displacement of and stressors on wild bees, and the effect of artificial genetic homogeneity on increased predisposition and uniform susceptibility to disease.
    It has also been suggested that it may be due to a combination of many factors and that no single factor is the cause.
    The most recent report (USDA - 2010) states that "based on an initial analysis of collected bee samples, reports have noted the high number of viruses and other pathogens, pesticides, and parasites present in CCD colonies, and lower levels in non-CCD colonies.
    This work suggests that a combination of environmental stressors may set off a cascade of events and contribute to a colony where weakened worker bees are more susceptible to pests and pathogens."
    Applying proteomics-based pathogen screening tools in 2010, researchers announced they had identified a co-infection of invertebrate iridescent virus type 6 (IIV-6) and the fungus Nosema ceranae in all CCD colonies sampled. However, subsequent studies have questioned the methodology used in these proteomic experiments.
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    It appears there may be more causes than pesticides.
     
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    MeBelle60, I didn't want to go all science on everybody. lol

    I was surprised last year to learn how many species of honey bees there are. Many with overlaping territories.
     
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    No one is blaming Republicans for causing the mass die off. Everyone is blaming the Republicans because they think it can't be man made. It must be part of "God's Plan", if it's even happening. This is why we must end the EPA.
     

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