Beemageddon started in 2006 following a drop in bee colony numbers. First it was branded to turn it into a "thing" - Colony Collapse Disorder - and then blamed on the culprit du jour - Global Warming overheating bees. Except it turns out the culprit was actually a parasitic mite, which jumped species from Apis cerana (asian honey bee) to Apis mellifera (european honey bee) in the Phillipines in the 1970’s and then spread globally. Except Australia BTW, our environmental laws are keeping the parasite out until we sign the TPP then we are screwed, but I digress...
Global Warmers used beemageddon to recruit believers - global warming was killing the bees, crops would fail and the world would starve unless you gave them all your money and sovereignty with which to Save the Planet™.
Here is what the actual science says happened. Asian bees have developed a resistance to the varroa mite, European bees have none so colony collapse did happen. Until natural selection kicked in. The bees without resistance died, the bees with resistance lived and procreated. Hive owners responded with basic "animal" husbandry - dividing hives and buying clean bees, including ours. Crisis averted.
Hey Warmers - Monsanto loves your work!
Warmers are flying air cover for Monsanto and their Big Ag mates on this issue. We are still losing bees to nicotinoid pesticides. But as long as Warmers allowed the colony collapse to be blamed on Global Warming, Monsanto was off the hook for that. It is hard to even get a bead on how much of a problem nicotinoids are when so much effort is going into promoting the false AGW is killing bees hypothesis.
Eco-Fascists are killing the bees and food production with it
As part of their anti-humanist agenda, eco-fascists are locking up huge areas of public land from any use, including beekeeping. Here in Australia beekeepers used to be able to drive their hives into a National Park, let the bees loose to pollinate, fill their hives with honey and leave. This was a good result for everyone, our natural environment largely relies on bees (and to a lesser degree wind and fire) to pollinate and replicate. One mouthful in three of the food we eat results from bee pollination.
Enter our eco-fascists. Their object is to manipulate humanity into a small number of mega cities, thereby leaving 70% of the world's forests untouched by what they see as the human stain. There is no place in eco-fascists' master plan for bee husbandry, despite it's benefit to the forest and food supply. So the bees will die anyway, just not from Global Warming or varroa, but rather from environmentalists.
Then again eco-fascists are also chopping down forests to burn in power stations to produce electricity. No really. Eco-fascists are actually chopping down forests and calling that eco friendly power. How sick in the head are these people?
Bees and Coral Bleaching the same scare
So here is something to consider. Beemageddon and Coral Bleaching are the same anti-science environmental scare. The ocean has been warming and cooling for a million years and we still have coral. How is that possible when Warmers reckon a few points of a degree warming will wipe out the reefs? Well natural selection works here as well. When the oceans warm corals that like the cold die or move south, corals that like the warm flourish. In a cooling cycle the reverse happens. Nature moves with the climate cycle, albeit with a slight lag that can be used for a politically motivated Global Warming/All Going to Die purposes.
Here is the article about the colony recovery:
WashingtonPost: Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high
You've heard the news about honeybees. "Beepocalypse," they've called it. Beemageddon. America's honeybees are dying, putting honey production and $15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy.
The situation has become so dire that earlier this year the White House put forth the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a 64-page policy framework for saving the nation's bees, butterflies and other pollinating animals.
The trouble all began in 2006 or so, when beekeepers first began noticing mysterious die-offs. It was soon christened "colony collapse disorder," and has been responsible for the loss of 20 to 40 percent of managed honeybee colonies each winter over the past decade.
The math says that if you lose 30 percent of your bee colonies every year for a few years, you rapidly end up with close to 0 colonies left. But get a load of this data on the number of active bee colonies in the U.S. since 1987. Pay particular attention to the period after 2006, when CCD was first documented.
As you can see, the number of honeybee colonies has actually risen since 2006, from 2.4 million to 2.7 million in 2014, according to data tracked by the USDA. The 2014 numbers, which came out earlier this year, show that the number of managed colonies -- that is, commercial honey-producing bee colonies managed by human beekeepers -- is now the highest it's been in 20 years.
So if CCD is wiping out close to a third of all honeybee colonies a year, how are their numbers rising? One word: Beekeepers.
A 2012 working paper by Randal R. Tucker and Walter N. Thurman, a pair of agricultural economists, explains that seasonal die-offs have always been a part of beekeeping: they report that before CCD, American beekeepers would typically lose 14 percent of their colonies a year, on average.
So beekeepers have devised two main ways to replenish their stock. The first method involves splitting one healthy colony into two separate colonies: put half the bees into a new beehive, order them a new queen online (retail price: $25 or so), and voila: two healthy hives.
The other method involves simply buying a bunch of bees to replace the ones you lost. You can buy 3 pounds of "packaged" bees, plus a queen, for about $100 or so.
Beekeepers have been doing this sort of thing since the advent of commercial beekeeping. When CCD came along, it roughly doubled the usual annual rate of bee die-offs. But this doesn't mean that bees are going extinct, just that beekeepers need to work a little harder to keep production up.