"Honeybees will die out in Britain within a decade as virulent diseases and parasites spread through the nation's hives, experts have warned.
The losses are being blamed on Colony Collapse Disorder, a disease that has severely affected bee populations in America and Europe, and a resistant form of Varroa destructor, a parasitic mite that affects bees"
What utter nonsense. At the bottom of this article is a link to an earlier article in the same publication which said
"So far reports of CCD reaching Britain have turned out to be false alarms, a spokesman for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said yesterday, though she acknowledged that there is widespread concern among beekeepers."
Here's the reality folks CCD is old news in the bee world. Its over, finished, kaput. The losses occurred last winter and were replaced in the USA by June.There was never a shortage of bees to be purchased in 2007 or any published crop failure due to a pollination shortage. While some folks held their collective breath this fall and winter the return of the mysterious and deadly Colony Collapse Disorder has not materialized in any large and documented manner.
But the media and dooms day folks love this story and it just won;t die. Beekeeper groups like the one referenced in the seeded story are using this scare story to pump up badly needed bee funding.
We are no were close to seeing the honeybee disappear any time soon.
I'm blown away on a weekly basis on the amount of misinformation and distortion emanating from this now old and outdated story.