Hive Collapse Saga imidacloprid ???

<http://www.salon.com/env/feature/2009/05/18/bees_pesticides/
A small tidbit case you can't open the above URL.
"Halting the sale of pesticides, though, would be no mean task. Over 120 countries use imidacloprid under the Bayer label on more than 140 crop varieties, as well as on termites, flea collars and home garden landscaping. And the product's patent expired a few years ago, paving the way for it to be sold as a generic insecticide by dozens of smaller corporations. In California alone, imidacloprid is the central ingredient in 247 separate products sold by 50 different companies. In a statement, the EPA says that before banning a pesticide, it "must find that an 'imminent hazard' exists. The federal courts have ruled that to make this finding, EPA must conclude, among other things, that there is a substantial likelihood that imminent, serious harm will be experienced from use of the pesticide." The EPA did not clarify what is meant by "imminent hazard" and why the death of honeybees does not qualify. As Mussen points out, though, a few million dead honeybees may be the cost of doing business. "If they didn't register products that were toxic to honeybees, there wouldn't be a lot of products on the market that were available for pest control." All the more reason to start taking the world's most ubiquitous insecticide off the market and invent a safer one, argues Walker, of the National Honeybee Advisory Board. "It's on every golf course, it's on every lawn. It's not just an agricultural product. There's really not one part of our lives it's not touching.""
.......................... Bill who has not seen a bee for awhile.
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Bill wrote:

I can't open this, but thanks for this excerpt.
I have seen one bumblebee, I think.
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wrote:

Charlie, no honeybees here either. A few bumbles, but no honeys. :-(
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We're good here in the redwoods. Honey bees been working the wild onion, and that sage for the last 2 months. Recently they have been joined by a large black bee. He's cool though. He just gets in line, and takes his turn.
Tomatoes, and the squash are in flower. I got 2 eggplants, 8 peppers, 16 tomatoes, 2 tomatillos, 3 lemon cukes, not to mention the carrots, radish, and parsnips in the ground. Seems the last few years. I've been fighting poor weather and my own stupidity, but this year it just seems like the soil is ready. Due to the drought, it wasn't an extended hassle to prep the garden. The seedlings seem to due better in a blend of "Black Gold" and common potting soil, than just in the "Black Gold". Seems like the "Black Gold" holds too much water. Only fried one tray of seedlings (72 cell) this year. I'm getting better ;O)
I only have 2 trellises and 1 more 10' row to prep.
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