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Honey substitutes might be behind bee-colony losses
Beekeepers’ use of corn syrup and other honey substitutes as feed might be contributing to colony collapse by depriving the insects of compounds that strengthen their immune systems, according to a study released yesterday.
U.S. beekeepers lost nearly a third of their colonies last winter as part of an ongoing and largely unexplained decline in the population of the crop-pollinating insects.
- A bee’s natural food is its own honey, which contains compounds like p-coumaric acid that appear to help detoxify bees and strengthen their immunity to disease, according to a study by scientists at the University of Illinois.
Honey might strengthen bees’ immune systems, a study says.
Beekeepers, however, typically harvest and sell the honey produced by the bees and use substitutes such as sugar or high-fructose corn syrup to feed them.
“The widespread apicultural use of honey substitutes, including high-fructose corn syrup, may thus compromise the ability of honeybees to cope with pesticides and pathogens and contribute to colony losses,” according to the study, which was published on May 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
This, my friends, is what is truly a “Bitter Pill” . . . how could people not realize that there might be consequences – TO THE BEES to take their honey from them and feed them HFCS in it’s stead? It could not be clearer. I am stunned.
So on top of the nicotinoids, the chemical giants busy destroying our world and its natural resources, we now must add the bee-keepers themselves as destroyers of our angelic hosts who have tried so valiantly to be of service to humanity. As they say, what goes around, comes around. Jan)