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Honey Bees Dying, Colony Collapse Disorder, Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Helps Save The Honey Bees

Updated on May 28, 2014

Fascinated by Nature & My Love of Bees

Since I was a young child I was always fascinated with nature and spent as much time outdoors as possible. Now a soon to be "empty nester" I have more time to explore things that I enjoy. Last summer, I began with my love of photography and headed outside with my camera.

I have three beautiful Rose of Sharon bushes that produced an enormous amount of flowers. This is when my obsession of bees and other pollinators began. With camera in hand I moved closer to watch these hard little working bees and was amazed at how hard they really work and how valuable they are for our health and the health of our environment. The more pictures I took the more I wanted to know about bees and pollination. After "googling" and doing research I was stunned to find out that our honey bees were in crisis (Colony Collapse Disorder) as well as our bumblebees.

There is something we can all do to help. It may seem small in the scheme of things with everything else in life to worry about but really it is a red flag about the condition of our environment. This Spring I ask that you plant some bee loving flowers and bushes in your yard. I had no idea when we planted the Rose of Sharon bushes along my walkway to the side entrance to my house that they would attract so many bees. We walked right past them (and through them) all Summer and they were too busy to bother with us but I recommend you plant them away from a main traffic area. Other ways to help is donate to research, buy local honey, hold fundraisers and make people aware. Great companies like Haagen-dazs are donating to ice cream! (See links below and find out how you too can help.)

Honey Bee Mystery Crisis video

Rose of Sharon Bush Flowers attract honey bees

Rose of Sharon Flower
Rose of Sharon Flower | Source


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      Andrew 5 years ago

      GeoLab- It's people like you who spread disinformation that mislead others. Your Marxist-like gospel is incorrect, essentially blaming the "system" and the beekeepers as the bourgeoisie-like exploiters. CCB is being proven to be mostly related to newer insecticides. Beekeepers actually care a lot about their bees, because without them they could not make a living. In any case, most beekeepers are hobbyists, not professionals. So to suggest, which is what you doing, that hobbyist beekeepers are "greedy" is quite insane really. Based on your logic, gardeners are "greedy" for picking all their vegetables. I think you stick to talking about what you know; what that is is questionable, but it's certainly not beekeeping.

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      Nancy Ann 6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Thanks for the comment!

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      geolab 6 years ago

      Only after a little research, anyone can see that the bees are being over-exploited, that is the reason for their decline.

      Before you talk about the varroa mite, even top people at the NBU (National Bee Unit UK) agree, that when left alone, bees would become resistant to the mite and other diseases, they would probably also be stronger and more resistant against insecticides. This has been shown in other countries.

      The real reason is the greedy bee keeper. After the bees work their guts out getting their food for winter, the greedy bee keeper takes it all, just before winter. The bees are then fed on supplement, sugar water, with none of the nutrients and goodies that are in the honey.

      There are hardly any wild colonies of bees, they are reported by the concerned public then rounded up by a greedy bee keeper who then puts them into his concentration camp, with hundreds of other colonies usually within a couple of metres of each other. Naturally colonies would be over 100 metres from each other.

      No research in this country is being done to see whether free wild colonies of bees will thrive. It is not in the interest of the greedy bee keeper for the truth to be outed, honey is big bucks, they don't care about the bees.

      In the U.S. where they have already worked the bees to death, they transport them about and give them monocultures (single crops), against nature. The greedy bee keeper does this because it has become more profitable to cart bees around the country, than to sell the honey.

      Soooo..... the UK greedy bee keeper has no incentive to protect the bees, let them have a bit of a rest, natural hives, leave them with honey for winter, because the greedy bee keeper will make more money when they have declined.

      Even the literature of the NBU says nothing about leaving the bees with honey for winter! What are they there for, another quango with fat cats supporting the greedy bee keeper.

      Think of bees as Auschwitz inmates who are working to survive with no nutrients over winter, then you will understand why they are declining. Just do a bit of research for yourself on how the bees in this country are kept, then tell me I'm wrong. Just about every aspect of bee keeping is un-natural for the bee.

      The greedy bee keeper will say that butterflies and other insects are also in decline, that has nothing to do with greedy bee keepers they will state. If you check-out the reasons for butterfly and insect decline, you will discover it is change or destruction of their habitat. Bees have been intensively exploited for 200 years, most haven't lived in their natural habitat since then. Although, of course, wild bees are declining due to habitat change.

      Crops and flowers are available for honey bees, but think about, say, 100 Auschwitz inmates fed on bread and water over winter and 100 well fed people. Give them all the flu, which group will have the most survivors?

      Bees are the concentration camp inmates of the insect world, everyone defending that exploitation of the bees, will make up all the excuses under the Sun to make people believe that it is a mite or pesticides, not the greedy bee keeper sapping their strength and will to survive.

      Typical Bee Concentration Camp:

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      amber colson 7 years ago

      I am doing a senior mini-documentary about honey bees on Long Island. If someone could give me more information, statistics, or even an interview/tour I would greatly appreciate it.

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      Susie 7 years ago

      I am always amazed by the work ethics of the honey bees. They rock!