As part of NJBA, we receive a newsletter. Included is a report from NJ Apiarist. He attended Beltsville Marylands training for state apiarists. I re-type the first paragraph as I think it has vital info about our bees and chemicals found within-
"This month I attended the 33rd Apiary Inspectors Workshop at USDA Beltsville Bee Lab. There are over 50 in attendance from as far away as Hawaii. Many issues were discussed including CD research, Viruses, Nosema etc. One of the most disturbing presentations reported that of 93 samples of bee bread and pollen, screened for 171 pesticides, collected form both CCD and non-ccd colinies, they found the following; 43 pesticides and five pestacide metabolites, 13 fungicides, 6 herbicides, and 14 systemic pesticides. In one pollen sample they found 17 diffferent pesticides, and only 3 samples detected nothing. Thses results were brought forth the following questions. How do these agents interact w/in the colony? What kind of effect do they have on the development and longevity of the honey bee? How do sub-lethal doses affect the colony? There is much more to do on this issue."
WOW- scary. I find the issue of matabolites being found to be disturbing. Metabolites means the bees ate and digetsed these chems to produce metabolites, which must mean they are feeding chems to larvae. Just one of many thoughts i had. I am sure there are even more thoughts fro the gang.