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Bee Study Bogus? Most Likely

Like the proverbial broken record, we’ve been ranting about the pesticide responsible for the bee-killing phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2009/09/imidacloprid-what-you-must-know-now/. And like the wobbly counter-puncher who won’t give up, the pesticide industry keeps trotting out other potential reasons for the bees’ demise since 2006.

One such story that received loads of national play broke Friday. A new study blamed the combined effects of a fungus and virus for wiping out a third of the beehives in the U.S. in the past four years.

Some great reporting, however, revealed just how bogus the latest study will likely prove to be when all is revealed: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/10/bee_mystery_unsolved_lead_inve.html

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    • Paul Tukey

      The issue on CCD and these studies that point to “causes” other than pesticides comes down to a question: What came first? The pesticides or the problem. Farmers almost always have the gut answer correct. In this case the farmers are the hundreds if not thousands of beekeepers who are certain that neonicotines are root cause of colony collapse disorder. I’m not a PhD, admittedly, but I’ve yet to read anything that points to an answer other than the pesticides.

      And for Linda to suggest that science can’t be “bought” at universities is an incredibly naive statement. I’m not saying Jerry was bought out, not at all. But I do think, overall, there’s a ton of pressure from the chemical industry for scientists to find an answer, any answer, that doesn’t point back directly to pesticides.

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