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Honeybees bred for 7-10% Winter losses, wiped out 2x's in 3 years due to pesticides

 
Lee Gee
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Honeybees bred for 7-10% Winter losses, wiped out 2x's in 3 years due to pesticides/herbicides


I love 'the girls' and they are in trouble. 40% - 60% losses nationwide each Winter.


I have been selectively breeding bees for naturally high immunity and resistance to their pests and diseases.

I have also been concocting and feeding them magical all natural plant and supplement based formulas to help them bee healthy and resist their unwanted parasites and the viruses they vector.

Three years ago, after years of research I finally had 23 hives that had only 7% - 10% losses each Winter up here in the Northeast.

Just as I was about to go into breeder mode to spread superior bee genetics across the U.S., I was lied to about the use of pesticides where I was moving them to and all 23 hives died.

And then it happened again this past Fall when the neighbor, who I had been educating over the fence for 3 years about sustainable, organic bee keeping, and what I had been through, and the essential mutual inter-dependence we have with the bees, he was observed, and admitted to, spraying Roundup over the fence, directly onto the hives.

46 out of 50 hives were dead before winter. And all the equipment  and the honey in it is contaminated.

The girls are bursting at the seams and I don't have the money for equipment or supplements to build them up to make it through winter.

I started this post and Crowd Funding over a month ago, mom's been hospitalized, my computer crashed and my dog is dying, so I have just had a full plate.

Please visit:

www.GoFundMe.com/PleaseHelpTheBees

Lots more details and pictures and links.

Thank you for supporting my research and collaboration with the bees. They occupy a vital little niche in our vision of Permaculture Paradise.

Karmic Brownie Points upon you! (Better than PIE?)
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Dead our hive last October after sprayed with roundup by neighbor
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Hives at Organic CSA before Spraying
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Hives next to neighbors fence before being sprayed with Roundup
 
Bryan Elliott
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Location: Oklahoma Panhandle
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Sorry for you losses.  I have some questions though.

Are you sure it was roundup?

Why is the grass not dead in the picture with the dead bees?

If you have a neighbor problem why would you put the hives so close to the fence/property line?
 
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