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"The impact of crop pesticides on honeybee colonies is unlikely to cause colony collapse, according to a paper in the journal Science. More research is now needed to predict the impact of widely-used agricultural insecticides, called neonicotinoids, on honeybee populations.

UK scientists from the University of Exeter and Food and Environment Agency highlight flaws in previous research (published in Science, April 2012) that predicted that neonicotinoids could cause honeybee colony collapse." - DB2

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My brother the beekeeper believes the majority of the blame is pesticides. He has 5,000 hives of bees now.

He gets his bees out of Southeast Georgia during the summer because they use airplanes to spray pesticides on the cotton exactly right when it's in bloom which is when the bees would be working it.

He moves his bees to Northern Michigan to make Basswood and Thistle honey. He also stops on the way and helps pollinate cranberries in Wisconsin. Then he moves them on up to Northern Michigan. You want to know something funny? He says that cranberry honey is tart and tastes like cranberry juice.

Artie
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