Ian Hutchison 
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Re: “Bee In His Bonnet

So, you would prefer if there were no honeybees? Because that's what would happen if beekeepers stopped treating for varroa mites. Varroa mites are not a stress disease like foulbrood, where a strong hive will overpower it. vorroa left unchecked would wipe out even the strongest hive and has a high chance of infecting nearby colonies (the standard beekeeper keep 32 - 96 hives at a single location).

As far as "mono crops", the price of honey isn't great enough to support beekeeping unless he has only specialty honey (which would be a mono crop anyways), so it is unfeasible for a commercial beekeeper to ignore the chance to pollinate the almonds in Cali or the apples in Washington. It can be one or the other (or both), but without one of these "mono crops", they would just go bankrupt and loose their colonies anyways.

Posted by Ian Hutchison on 08/16/2013 at 1:48 PM

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