(I've gotta bee me)
Scientific American's April 2009 publication has an update on our honey bee troubles, known as Colony Collapse Disorder. An excerpt follows below, but the 'are-you-freaking-kidding-me-no-duh' italics at the end are mine:
"...no single culprit has been identified. Bees suffering from CCD tend to be infested with multiple pathogens, including a newly discovered virus, but these infections seem secondary or opportunistic much the way pneumonia kills a patient with AIDS. The picture now emerging is of a complex condition that can be triggered by different combinations of causes. There may be no easy remedy to CCD. It may require taking better care of the environment and making long-term changes to our beekeeping and agricultural practices."
I'm glad it's finally getting reported that way in a mainstream publication, even if organic, local, small-scale beekeepers have been saying the very same thing since the beginning of the crisis. Despite the article's publication in corporate-friendly, Big Ag-friendly Scientific American, the article dares to briefly take on honeybee nutrition, criticizing fencerow to fencerow planting, monocropping, and suburban lawns- all of which are food deserts to bees. It also has some words about pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. I certainly hope this article gets noticed.