The plight of the honeybee

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hundreds of beekeepers, researchers and vendors are gathering in Huntington, W. Va., today for the Heartland Apiculture Society’s 7th annual bee conference. The buzz this year is the honeybee crisis. Since 2006, they have been disappearing en masse and the cause for the collapse remains unknown.
Guest: Dennis van Engelsdorp, Pennsylvania’s acting state beekeeper. He’s delivering the keynote address at the Heartland Apiculture Society’s 7th annual bee conference.

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What a good show and what an interesting combination you two are. In an era where we hear nothing but mannered, stylized, recorded talk, thank goodness for live, natural conversation. You've helped soothe the loss of Bob Edwards.

There is a bee keeper down here in West Virginia (unfortunately I do not know his name, I see him at basketball games) who is a beekeeper. I asked him last season if he was having trouble and he said, (I am paraphrasing), "No, no trouble at all, but I don't move my bees. I think the problem is that these big bee people move their bee hives sometimes every day. Bees are intelligent and social insects, they know where they are and I think the moving around to unknown areas is unsettling to them. It does not surprise me that they get sick."

His business is called The Bee Box, PO Box 74, Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-6051. His bees make delicious honey.

Perhaps farmers should keep their own bees, my Grandfather did, and most farmers of his day did, too.

Jul. 11 2008 08:10 AM

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