Mothering Forum banner

1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,169 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
<a href="http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080630/bees_truck_080630/20080630?hub=CTVNewsAt11" target="_blank">http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...ub=CTVNewsAt11</a><br><br>
honey anyone?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,838 Posts
I am going to have nightmares.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,168 Posts
*heebie jeebies*<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Vautor said trucks hauling bees are common this time of year. The trucks were being transported back to Ontario on Monday after being used to pollinate a blueberry crop in northeast New Brunswick.<br><br>
"About the first week of June, wild blueberry crops come into blossom. Because we don't have enough bees in New Brunswick, we have a shortage of honey bees," Vautor told CTV Newsnet.<br><br>
"We have about 9,000 colonies here and about 10,000 or 12,000 colonies are imported from outside the province to pollinate the wild blueberry crops."</td>
</tr></table></div>
The fact that this truck was even on the road at all alludes to a really scary problem. Our bee population has dropped to such low levels that we're now trucking in bee populations to pollinate crops in areas where there aren't enough bees, and these bee growers are even having trouble maintaining their own hive populations.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,813 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>Jennisee</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/11592998"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">*heebie jeebies*<br><br><br><br>
The fact that this truck was even on the road at all alludes to a really scary problem. Our bee population has dropped to such low levels that we're now trucking in bee populations to pollinate crops in areas where there aren't enough bees, and these bee growers are even having trouble maintaining their own hive populations.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
You're right!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,601 Posts
<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span>I don't know why they can't breed/keep the bees where they're needed; but maybe it's a nature reason that can't be fixed by us. So temporarily importing bee's to the necessary area makes sense to me. But as for being around that truck after the accident *shudder*!!!! That would be quite the mess to clean up!</span></span></span>
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,809 Posts
Part of the problem is that bees are being decimated around the country by something, and nobody knows what - its called 'colony collapse disorder' - bee colonies just up and disapearing. Honey bees however have been moved around to polinate this crop or that for years and years and years. One farmer needs bees for his apples at this time of year, then another for blueberries, another for strawberries, another for peaches etc, and its just economically sensible to have one set of bees doing the polinating here and there and everywhere.<br><br>
We applied to become beekeepers around here through a project to get 100 new beekeepers setup this year<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I really hope we/I get selected!! I LOVE honey!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
127 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>mamadelbosque</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/11595368"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Part of the problem is that bees are being decimated around the country by something, and nobody knows what - its called 'colony collapse disorder' - bee colonies just up and disapearing. Honey bees however have been moved around to polinate this crop or that for years and years and years. One farmer needs bees for his apples at this time of year, then another for blueberries, another for strawberries, another for peaches etc, and its just economically sensible to have one set of bees doing the polinating here and there and everywhere.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Not in the long run though, because the bees aren't <i>supposed</i> to be worked that hard, transported around, in all those different climates - one theory of why the bees are disappearing is that it's <i>because</i> of working the bees so much harder than they would naturally, at least in part.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
255 Posts
I've been very concerned about the bees and have been following the news on CCD. Yesterday I saw three honeybees, though they looked differently from how I remember them in younger years, on my daisies. I was just overjoyed to see some bees around period!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,010 Posts
For some reason this reminded me of that scene in Tommy Boy where they get out of the car and scream BEES!!!!!!!!!!!!! to get out of a traffic ticket <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,553 Posts
DH worked for a company that took their bees from Idaho to California, they had a few minor spills that made me go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">, this one is just crazy.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,809 Posts
The thing is though CCD isn't just hitting hives that are transported - some of our friends who NEVER moved their bees lost 2 hives a year or so ago. So while stressing bees by moving them around constantly isn't good, its also not the cause (or at least, not hte only cause) of CCD. Personally I'm much more apt to point to GMO crops and the over use of herbicides & pesticides myself.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,944 Posts
I heard on some news story (don't have time to find it right now) that the reason the colonies of bees were collapsing is because of the high radio frequencies that are permeating our air waves...the high frequencies confuse the bees and mess with their ability to find their way back home.<br><br>
I'll look for the story when I get home.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,022 Posts
So sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I wonder if three or four generations from now there will even be bees left.
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top