"Honeybees are disappearing. Searching for likely causes leads us to find out about adulterated honey, poison in beehives and other shocking realities that few of us recognize. "
As a full time professional beekeeper, and a harsh critic of the misinformed and sensationalistic crap published in the last 12 months concerning the so called bee disappearance, this article shines as being well researched.
There is one glaring error concerning artificial insemination. This technique is highly useful to isolate genetics of interest. The estimated 100,000 plus queens that are shipped annually each year in the US are mostly open mated in a natural setting. The problem with those commercial queens is they lack genetic diversity. They have been selectively bred for characteristics that the "feedlot" migratory beekeepers believe they need rather then bred for genetic diversity and natural resistance.
But given that most articles on this topic are ridiculously inaccurate and sensational, this article stands out as delivering an important and disturbing message that is not very well understood.
Please buy honey that is local and produced by a non-migratory beekeeper!