We recently reported on the mystery of bees that are disappearing from their hives and being found dead?or not being found at all. Now it turns out that organic beekeepers are not having this problem.
The website of the Organic Consumers Association quotes organic beekeeper Sharon Labchuk as saying, “I’m on an organic beekeeping list of about 1,000 people, mostly Americans, and no one in the organic beekeeping world, including commercial beekeepers, is reporting colony collapse on this list. The problem with the big commercial guys is that they put pesticides in their hives to fumigate for varroa mites, and they feed antibiotics to the bees. They also haul the hives by truck all over the place to make more money with pollination services, which stresses the colonies.”