going way back to the beginning of this post I read something about global warming. If you want to chase a conspiracy, chase that. That wasnt aimed at you Mulder, its for everyone ;). Its amazing what a few governments, the media, and some cooky scientists can put together to fool the whole world into a frenzy. Im not suggesting that we stop trying to preserve our planet and its resources, but the hipe and fear over GW is waaayyyy overrated. If everyone would do some basic, simple research into it, there would be a lot of scratching of heads and raised eyebrows.
Back to the bees. Sure CCD is a real issue. I dont think that its being looked at in an entirely objective way. Take a third world refugee camp. Hundreds of thousands of shacks, shanties, and tents packed into rows and jumbles. Each one has more people in it than a moderate sized house should hold. You almost always end up with these situations; limited natural food supply, rampant sickness, disease, and parasite infestations, and no way to keep it from spreading because of the human contact factor. The unavoidable result is the deaths of many people, sometimes despite the best medical attention and secondary food supplies available. Its not a perfect metaphor, but look at commercial beeks. Millions of bees all landing on the same plants spreading parasites, germs, and disease. And then they come back to a hive and touch each other spreading the same stuff around. How close do bees live to one another in the wild? Sometimes close, but I would think that they often keep spread out to avoid this kind of issues. I wouldnt dare suggest that this is THE ONLY issue with CCD but I (IMHO) feel like this is a huge contributing factor. Other factors would be the chemicals used to treat for parasites and disease, natural cycles, genetic altering, and unnatural breed mixing (killer bees?).