Working With Monsanto?
I found this on the PAm.org site. But I find this organization to be INDUSTRY oriented.Why the capitalization? It is because PAm is the group that is working with Monsanto. Yes, with Monsanto. They are huge owners of land and colonies that pollinate almonds,blueberries, cranberries, by trucking colonies around the states. Their motive is money, in my opinion, not the honeybee.
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
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I, too, want to make a living with the honeybee but I am not looking to have 5000 hives that pollinate areas hundreds of miles away. This should be done with local talent. As it stands now just almond orchards require close to 2/3 of the total hive population of the US. Imagine if that many kids were to be mingled in a giant arena and fed just hot dogs (almond pollen has a very low nutrient value for bees). Any parent in their right mind would know that this was a giant pool of sickness (mites, nosema, SHB,etc) just waiting to spread to the families of these kids when they go back home. Yet this is what happens every Spring in the almond orchards.
Backyard beekeepers may be the saving grace in the fate of our honeybees.
Let's try to work for the bees a little bit since they have worked so hard for us.
Be careful with pesticides and better yet do not use them at all!