Since the media still has the bad habit of framing the honeybee story as an ongoing loss I took the liberty to alter the headline from "Suddenly, the bees are simply vanishing" to simply an update on CCD ....etc.
The most interesting fact that is left out of all of these articles is that the losses occurred last fall and into early winter. Earth to journalists the losses have not reoccured and the bee industry awaits the fall of 2007 to see if the disorder returns. Meanwhile beekeepers all over the USA continue with summer honey production with business as usual.
While the article has some new information the following is still grossly exagerated.
The puzzling phenomenon, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has been reported in 35 states, five Canadian provinces and several European countries.
CNN reported with out reference the incidence of CCD in Europe, Canada and elsewhere in the world a month or so ago. The clip and paste journalists are still citing this even though there are considerable citations which undermine that claim of CCD spreading beyond the USA.
There has also been no real credible reports of crop failures due to lack of pollination. The deep freeze over Easter in April still has left a much deeper impact on fruit production in the southern and south eastern USA then the Great Bee Loss of 2006-2007.
Further more the article does point out that there were other documented disappearances of honeybees in past decades , and no cell phones did not exist then nor did GMO's or whatever. Life goes on and guess what for all we know about the world there are still some great mysteries like fall dwindling of honeybee colonies that happen on a cylical basis.
I hate to dissapoint the doom and gloom crowd who spend an inordinate amount of time convincing themselves and others that modern technology will be the death knell of human civilization.
My sense is that CCD is a flash in the pan event that will be most remembered for the Y2K like media hysteria and also the lack of any substantial scientific findings that left any earth shaking notations in the history of American beekeeping or agriculture.