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Friday, July 19, 2019

The [US Department of Agriculture ] announced it was nixing its Honey Bee Colonies survey, which tracks annual hive losses sustained by beekeepers. "The decision to suspend data collection was not made lightly but was necessary given available fiscal and program resources," a USDA press release stated. It did not reveal how much money will be saved by axing the program, which started in 2015 as part of President Barack Obama's Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

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Ignorance is bliss.

#1 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-20 12:02 AM | Reply

All the GOP knows is destruction.

I guess they don't care since it'll bring Jeebus back.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-20 01:03 AM | Reply

Gotta pay for those trillions in tax cuts somehow, right?

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-20 04:57 AM | Reply

Just unbelievable and unbearable. Where is Sheepnullcenter telling us about how Democrats hate life on Earth.

#4 | Posted by bocaink at 2019-07-20 09:19 AM | Reply

Bee version of TRUMP

www.youtube.com

#5 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-07-20 09:44 AM | Reply

I'm here for you, Bocaink. Why do you hate life on earth?

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 09:47 AM | Reply

Chairman Bo just finished his maoist study group and is looking for something to get all revolutionary about. Bees will have to do.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 10:04 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

#7 your leader is Melania? LoL. Go back to your dusty college reading list and pretend it taught you anything but how do follow the vapid.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-20 10:25 AM | Reply

All the GOP knows is destruction.
#2 | POSTED BY JPW

It's not like they have a monopoly on destruction

#9 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-20 10:35 AM | Reply

Farmers are regularly surveyed by the USDA on a variety of information regarding their operations, including weekly condition and progress surveys, production/yields, prices received, cost inputs and much more for just about every agricultural product produced in the US. Some USDA datasets span over 100 years. Its why scientists all over the world often focus on US agriculture; because the dataset is so comprehensive compared to the ag records of other countries. So, I don't buy the "fiscal and program resources" reasoning for removing the question because the framework is already in place and has been for a long time.

They axed the question because the data is expected to show that bee colonies are declining at an alarming rate which is bad for Trump's "Keep America in the 20th century" policy. As bayviking said, "ignorance is bliss."

#10 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-07-20 11:49 AM | Reply

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Ummm, bees were declared endangered before 2000.

#11 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-07-20 12:15 PM | Reply

After all it's not like bee's are needed for agriculture.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-20 06:08 PM | Reply

Could we reason with Monsanto to stop making Round Up?

#13 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-20 11:53 PM | Reply

This really stings.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-20 11:59 PM | Reply

Could we reason with Monsanto to stop making Round Up?

#13 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT AT 2019-07-20 11:53 PM | FLAG:

I use Round Up. It's a great product that is overused IMHO.

#15 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-21 01:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

- I use Round Up

It's engineered so that it kills the tops but leaves the roots intact, so that you have to continue using it.

It also kills beneficial microorganisms in the soil. If you've ever seen a field where "Roundup Ready Beans" are grown,

look at the soil after harvest. Grab a handful of it and clump it in your hand, then break it up and smell it. Enjoy.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 01:22 AM | Reply

I use Round Up.

So do I. Used properly it's like RAID for unwanted plant growth. I'm also a huge fan of RAID.

#17 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-07-21 01:57 AM | Reply

Could we reason with Monsanto to stop making Round Up?
#13 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT AT 2019-07-20 11:53 PM | FLAG:
I use Round Up. It's a great product that is overused IMHO.
#15 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR AT 2019-07-21 01:03 AM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1

This is why I no longer want to make music, photography, hiking or even walk around the neighborhood. The chemicals are in water and can be smelled all over this area - which has gigantic golf courses. No insects. Mayflies, dragonflies all waterborne animals are gone. The stench is unbearable after it rains. Don't know if birds can survive without insects, but we don't really have much of a variety any longer, so that answers that.

"I use Round Up."
So do I. Used properly
it's like RAID for unwanted plant growth. I'm also a huge fan of RAID.
#17 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2019-07-21 01:57 AM

Butterflies are gone. Most moths and flying insects are gone. Hopping, crawling and buzzing is gone. Diversity is wiped out, never to return.

It has been proven for over five years that Round Up is killing bees, bats, birds, fish and essentially poisoning the entire food chain. Everything.

I'm somewhat of a fan of sterilization of the human population at this time.

#18 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-21 02:27 AM | Reply

#10

Bee colony numbers are up actually. You can start a new hive right now. Queens are $35.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-21 09:30 AM | Reply

Do they ask the bees what their nationalities are before they count them, or are they not allowed to ask that?

#20 | Posted by homerj at 2019-07-21 09:37 AM | Reply

Destroying the planet just to own the libs.

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-21 09:38 AM | Reply

Just googled the 'success rate' of Obama's Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators and cannot seem to find an answer.

#22 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-07-21 12:45 PM | Reply

#22 If you're interested in seeing it succeed wouldn't you want to bolster it instead of dismantle it?

#23 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-21 03:58 PM | Reply

Just googled the 'success rate' of Obama's Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators and cannot seem to find an answer.

#22 | POSTED BY MSGT AT 2019-07-21 12:45 PM | FLAG:

It's slightly higher than the success rate of the Bush era. Hive populations under those two administrations went from 50 million to 1000 million. Scientists mapped out how to go from 100 to 1000 apiaries in 3 months back in 2002. The management guidelines for mitigating colony collapse disorder came out in 2007 and is still in place today.

Fun fact. Bees are not native to the Americas at all, and no native plants require honey bee pollination.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-21 06:09 PM | Reply

50 to 100 million total hives.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-21 06:09 PM | Reply

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