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F E A T U R E
Mysterious afflictions continue
to kill honeybees and play havoc
with the beekeeping industry.
by Michael Fickes
ast winter was easier on honeybees than the winter
before. According to the annual survey conducted
by the Bee Informed
Partnership and the
U.S. department of Agriculture, 23.2
percent of honeybee colonies in the
U.S. died off during the 2013-2014
winter. That was significantly lower than the
30.5 percent loss suffered during the 2012-2013 winter.
Last winter's losses were also better than
the average losses recorded by the survey
over the past eight years - 29.6 percent.
Then again, there is only one winter of
good news. There are lots of other winters
with terrible news.
beekeepers reported losses of 30 to 90
percent of the hives. Losses have totaled
20 percent to 33 percent every winter since
then. Beekeepers say that loses around 19
percent are economically manageable, but
Called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD),
the problem of massive bee loses arose
during the winter of 2006-2007 when
No one knows what is wrong. Some groups
blame pesticides and herbicides. Others
blame nutrition. There are many theories.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015
Pain on the Train
Transportation Funding Preview
The Real Key to the Driver Shortage – Creating a Better Environment for Drivers
FSA’s Annual Conference
Cleaning Up Aisle 6
How Are Honeybees Doing?
A Traffic Jam Model of Leadership
Afraid to Admit That You Don’t Understand Social Media?
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015