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Will Australia be the country that PROVES CCD in bees is due to pesticides and GM crops?

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I am an amateur beekeeper.  Since discovering the incredible intricacies of their lives and habits, I have been doing a lot of reading and question asking.  Particularly, I have been looking at Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Varroa mites are neither new or especially more prevalent lately.  In countries that have had them for many years, they have never been a colony threatening problem -- more an annoyance, from all the data I could find.

New Zealand had an outbreak, but seems to have eradicated it now. Even when the mites were found, we did NOT have massive bee deaths.

Now I find that rather strange, if Varroa was the sole cause, there should have been issues.

I read that Bayer is being taken to court in the EU, over selling chemicals that they knew were harmful to bees and bats (!) which are also dying in masses in the US.   hmm?  Also affected are small vertebrates (mice, voles and whatever other native fauna eat the bugs).

I believe that the GM pollens combined with physically affecting pesticides, allows the Varroa mite to prey more heavily on already weakened bees.

Recently, last autumn, just before the moratorium on GM crops was supposed to come up for discussion, in Victoria, Australia, it was lifted without public assent, and done very quickly by the state government.  Suspiciously so, I believe.  Western Australia followed suit recently also.

The 258 GM R/R Canola crops were dud :-)  The highest yield was, (feel very free to laugh very loud) 1 whole tonne per hectare!  [hectare (ha) = 2.47 acres, or 10,000 square meters]

Next best was 0.65 tonnes/ha.  Rather a low average indeed.

That aside, the Kool-Aid crew of farmers, who have seen and heard Moe Parr mr Murray and even Percy Schneider, and still (?) think they know better, and that Monsanto and Dow always tell the truth...  are pushing to put in ten times the area of the same dud Canola, from 100+ growers in 285 sites, to 1,000 on heaven knows how many places.

The bees I am affiliated with are run on native trees, and occasionally on organic only orange trees. Almonds, clovers and lucerne aren't so good for them; too many pesticides are being used. The keepers who are happy to lose bees to those issues can.  We won't.

Now, as we have no Varroa, and until recently had no GMO either, it will be of great interest to see if the bees on the canola areas begin to die off.

I firmly believe they will, and that maybe this fact would be enough to STOP GMO plants being further approved in my country, and hopefully elsewhere in the world too.

I am adding some info on the Bayer story, and the bats die off also.

UK launches ‘Plan Bee’ to protect pollinators

Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Populations

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An Aussie who is disgusted at chem farming,gm and synth foods and big pharma. I study soil biota, and work with bees,what i see is worrying.

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CCD is being heavily studied by US researchers and... by Karl Haro von Mogel on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 4:34:59 PM
hi Karl, yes i am an amateur, but i do know there ... by amicus curiae on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 10:05:34 PM
The term CCD is reference most frequently to ... by Brad Mitchell on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 5:21:39 PM
you would show up:-) yes you are right it IS colla... by amicus curiae on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 10:45:35 PM
There are a great many myths on this subject and i... by Robert Wager on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 10:59:28 PM
Hiya Robert, ok i have been trying to read all yo... by amicus curiae on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 7:32:15 AM
hi Robert, who? funds the uni? i read a couple of ... by amicus curiae on Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 11:28:06 PM
Please, the tryptophan was due to changes in the p... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 10:22:42 AM
was Starlink corn prior to the "mix up" that had a... by amicus curiae on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 9:14:09 PM
My apologies the links to the EFSA safety document... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:24:46 PM
We don't need anymore "Franken Foods"... by Davey Jones on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:45:07 AM
nice to have a kind word:-)... by amicus curiae on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 7:46:55 AM
"Trust me, I am a scientist" is the real myth here... by cpaddock 1252335501 on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:58:21 PM
Oh but I do happily consume, and feed my family, f... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:49:17 PM
Nov. 12, 2008 Greenpeace - A study published today... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 4:05:12 PM
Well, I see that Monsanto has three of its pe... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:41:17 PM
One needs to understand epidemiology to understand... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:52:40 PM
Robert, epidemiology studies can only be done, Aft... by amicus curiae on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 8:57:43 PM
Oh and I write for the general public not any one ... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 1:55:16 PM
Barbara, I do not work for Monsanto, nor are my gr... by Karl Haro von Mogel on Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009 at 2:54:37 PM
Oh, please.I grew up in, and now live in Fresno, C... by Colleen De Koning on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 6:46:26 PM
There is no doubt a great deal less pasture today ... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 9:26:14 PM
Brad i lived for a time, in inner city as a child,... by amicus curiae on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 10:08:47 PM
Umm the name is Robert Wager. Brad is someone els... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 11:27:24 PM
This is a very important and shocking story. Pleas... by Jade Bruhjell on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 10:46:38 PM
Oh and btw with respect to dangerous chemical comp... by Robert Wager on Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 at 11:51:25 PM
Robert the point about ladybugs/birds is that WORL... by amicus curiae on Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009 at 7:36:16 AM
It looks like you could use a little help fending ... by Oh on Thursday, Apr 9, 2009 at 1:50:53 AM