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On Local beekeepers avoid widespread losses


LeBo 4 years, 10 months ago

Bees are what helps food and flowers grow! Save BEES!

waitjustaminute 4 years, 10 months ago

An important news story and kudo's to the JW for running it.

Now, follow the recycling that leaves Lawrence and see where it goes and what happens to it, not just to the next point, but perhaps three or four jumps.

And, while you're at it, ask local car mechanics what the "flex fuel" is doing to older car engines - what are they seeing? More repairs? More problems? Is the "e-fuel" type of gas really saving anything? Hmmmmm?

Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 10 months ago

This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off

From bee-killing companies pretending to love bees to researchers frantically trying to create a disease-resistant superbee, it’s been kind of a rough week for bees, who have already been having a rough couple of years due to dying off left and right. But why should you care? It’s not like bees are delivering your mail or making you dinner or sewing your clothes, Cinderella-style.

But bees DO pollinate a bunch of stuff that you probably like to eat. Need a visual? Check out these before and after pics from Whole Foods that illustrate the amount of produce that would vanish if all the bees died off:


Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 10 months ago

E.U. bans another bee-killing insecticide

The European Union will limit the use of yet another bee-endangering insecticide, part of its efforts to protect pollinators from agricultural poisons.

The use of fipronil, a nerve agent produced by German company BASF and widely applied by farmers to kill insect pests, will be outlawed on corn and sunflower seeds and fields across Europe


tao7 4 years, 10 months ago

The start of the story says the bees were dead but the colony was actually empty of bees. Are they in fact dead or did they just up and move? Which I guess would'nt make sense.

Tomato 4 years, 10 months ago

One of the theories attached to colony collapse is that some pesticides interfere with the bee's ability to return to the hive, thus explaining the empty hive. But it's just one theory.

Liberty275 4 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like Kansas beekeepers are going around stealing bees from other states... Just kidding.

Thanks beekeepers, our fruit tress do well every year thanks to you. Is it legal to keep bees in Lawrence? It seems like it would be an interesting hobby.

Mark Jakubauskas 4 years, 10 months ago

Many people do. There are a number of urban beekeepers in town.

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months ago

Just read yesterday that poisons sprayed to control fungus are the main culprit for the bee die off. Mix those along with the insecticides and the bees immune system goes to hell and they are easily infested with parasites that kill them. Our world is screwed. As the bees go, man goes. I don't think mankind will be around for many more generations.

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