I had a chat with my mentor and (long time beekeeper) friend about genetically engineering (GE) and chemical issues in Australia. I told him I post here at OpEdNews, and he was pleased to know that people are showing interest in Colony Collapse Disorder, at last!
He told me how in South Australia in the 80′s, they had planned to start a pollen trade. After collecting and sending it to Germany, the major purchaser, for testing and quality assurances, he was amazed to be told they would not buy it, due to plastic contamination! Yes! That was when the plastic bee boxes and frames were released and they had bought a few to trial. It showed traces at PPM, and was rejected.
Our Australian chaps said it was beyond our labs to check that fine a tolerance and they denied it could be so. Sadly, they were just using old and inefficient equipment, as PPM is now a standard assay. The business did not get off the ground. Other beekeepers were unwilling to stop using the plastics.
Below are a few links to articles from Australia concerning GMO POLLEN and bees and honey:
You would think people may finally be aware that chemicals, let alone possibly GE pollen may be an issue. I would have thought it logical, however, I happened on a brand new addition to our local library this week, and delayed this article to read it. I am glad I did. I was gobsmacked to read what a supposedly “artisan” apiarist is recommending people use on the bees in their care.
OpEdNews » Bee-wise or Greed-driven.