Unexplained Mass Die-Off Hits German Hives
By Andrew Curry
Bees in the German state of Baden-Württemburg are dying by the hundreds of thousands. In some places more than half of hives have perished. Government officials say the causes are unclear -- but beekeepers are blaming new pesticides.
In some parts of the region, hundreds of bees per hive have been dying each day. "It's an absolute bee emergency," Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeeper's Association, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "Fifty to 60 percent of the bees have died on average, and some beekeepers have lost all their hives."
The crisis hit its peak last weekend. Beekeepers from Germany's Baden-Württemburg reported hives full of thousands of dead bees. The worst-hit region, according to state officials, was along the upper Rhine river between the towns of Rastatt and Lorrach. The Rhine valley is one of Germany's prime agricultural regions.
Regional officials spent the week testing bees, pollen, honey and plant materials to look for the die-off's causes. The Julius Kühn Institute in Braunschweig, a federal research institute dealing with agricultural issues, set up a special hotline for beekeepers to send in dead bees for analysis.@ Spiegel
More about the CCD that will not go away. The conspiracy nut in me says the Illuminati is causing this to reduce the worlds population by introducing a toxin into the air in contrails. The scientist in me says there is not enough of an understanding into how bees operate to understand why this is happening.
We understand little about the internal workings and what makes them work in those little bugs and most likely there is some kind of toxin involved causing their little systems to wad up inside, like a turd that will not pass. I witnessed a honey bee in trouble on the ground the other day stroking his bee abdomen over and over forsaking standing, just kind of flopping side to side, really felt sorry for the little guy with the pollen sacs on his back legs loaded and in obvious distress.
Funny how such a little creature is responsible for so much. This points out the necessity of being good caretakers of the planet we call home and respecting the life in all forms that are on it instead of pillaging and plundering it.
We need to be respectful of all life, not just our own, for we are not here alone.
If we refuse to do so we will meet our own demise as parasites of the only life sustaining planet within light years, I do not think we want that to happen.