V, I'm a very active beekeeper and keep up with all of the current
research. It hasn't been established let that a virus has lead to
colony collapse disorder. The only sure thing that's known is that
the bees are in trouble. Many of us think it's the chemicals used in
agriculture, combined with the chemicals that have been used by any
beekeeper who keeps bees commercially (mainly, although hobbyists have
been using many of them, also). It also seems to strike migratory
beekeepers more than hobbyists. Michael Bush
(http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm ) will tell you that beekeepers on his
Yahoo organic beekeeping group haven't lost a single hive to CCD.
What all of this tells me is that we're up against agribusiness again,
chemical companies, the 8000 pound elephant in the middle of the room
that no one wants to talk about......
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Yes, you're correct...they did say there was not one reason, but
contended that grouped with stress. pesticides, virus' and other
factors the bees are dissapearing. This is really something we should
all be concerned with. I certainly am concerned. I'm not all
freaking out and fear based with red zone terrorist threat charts, but
BTW, I've had your honey and it is delish.
Look, I only asked what makes organic honey, OK. Secondly, we have been
plagued with nitwits who either say that they don't know the answer to a
problem but they are too busy with school anyway, or we have newbies who
want to start a garden but don't say what kind of plants they want to
grow and don't tell us what USDA zone that they live in. Thirdly, we
have "old timers" who have a personal, political, axes to grind, or we
have people who are disjointed because they have been ridiculed for
being supporters of total disasters like Dixie Ray Lee. Enough already.
Gentelmen, gentelwomen, can we garden now?
Billy, I have no axe to grind with you, but if you want to garden now,
go ahead and garden. I don't recall electing a president of
rec.gardens and both Anne and I have been here for over a decade
posting patiently to newbies trying to find out their
zones. Newbies don't know there ARE zones, let alone know within
which they reside.
Just have patience, it's such a nice way to be.
It is increasingly more difficult year after year to maintain any form
of organic anything. There are strict rules and far too many to list.
It takes three years of rigorous book keeping on every step of pest
management, as well as every single shovel which enters the soil. If
the honey you buy does not say Certified Organic, it is not organic in
the way we mean it. This is a big problem in the industry right now
and has been for quite a while...actually as long as I remember. The
word to look for is "certified" not the casual term "organic."
After the USAD allowed toxic sludge to be used on organic, I don't
believe anything unless I see it below the company's letter head. Then I
can sue their sorry butts if they lie to me. Best know your grower.
Historically, we have had freezes up to the 10th of May but they are
usually over by early April. We had a very mild first three weeks in
February, which sent many overly optimistic people to the nurseries. Two
years ago, we had our rainiest April on record (in days and inches). I
plan to get my cold weather stuff in, in early April, cabbage, onions
and the like. Bless the chard. It doesn't get cold enough here to kill
it off and it just keeps goin', and goin', and goin'.
Gardeners, start your compost heaps.
Also produce that started out fresh and clean can be contaminated during
their transport to your store. Foods aren't marked GMO, even though some
people have allergic reactions to them. There are government standards
for how much salmonella and e. coli (read shit) can be in your food.
Irradiated crap is still crap.
I'd start you at http://www.chemicalbodyburden.org/ . To learn about the
chemicals that are being released into the environment and how they find
their way into your body.
Check out popular produce and their levels of pesticide residues.
There is a lot of contention as to quality in organic foods.
http://organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm looks like a helpful place to read.
Also if you can get "Omnivore's Dilemma" or "In Defense of Food" both
by Michael Pollan, either will take you to the cutting edge of nutrition.
USDA makes the rules. The USDA can break the rules.
You may want to checkout http://organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm as well.
If you can get a producer to state under their letter head that they
only use organic (not just approved, but organic) ingredients, that
claim will trump USDA CERTIFIED. However, organic high fructose corn
syrup would still be bad for you.
That was my thought.
My wife (organic gardener and activist) was, if I recall correctly
pointed to the site by the Canadian Green Party Agriculture Critic, who
is an organic beekeeper.
Do you keep bees?
Yes, we do. We have three apiaries and right now have ten hives, but
that will grow this season. We're 'backyard beekeepers', we do it for
the enjoyment of it, we do sell honey, but it isn't a major portion of
our income - heck, it'll take us years to pay back the investment in
equipment! But it's lots of fun, and the learning is amazing.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Last year I got completely engrossed in watching a bee work an echinacea
bloom and packing the pollen into its' saddle bags. Then there's
watching the first couple of zuchs fizzle and then everything getting
back on track when the bees show up.
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