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Comments for: A billion bees ‘from away’ are essential to Maine’s wild blueberry crop

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  • Anonymous

    I think you can thank Monsanto for the bee colony collapse we are experiencing. Some European countries already ban a Monsanto product for poisoning the bees but here in America corporations own the laws so Monsanto just keeps pouring poison into our air and soil. 

    • Anonymous

      … and with Michael Taylor, a former VP and lobbyist for Monsanto in charge of the FDA.. (talk about the fox guarding the henhouse!)

      • Anonymous

        Thank you Obama and fellow progressives….

        • Anonymous

          Sort of like Le Page appointing the head lobbyist for the gas and oil companies as the head of the Department of Environmental Protection in Maine? The system is rigged against people and only benefits corporate interest. Just sayin’

    • Guest

      And, there are people with yards to thank for using Roundup and all that other junk and fearing the dreaded dandelion uprising.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree with you…round up users are part of the problem, but a small one.

  • Juniors Farm

    Bet they just introduced the African honey bee to the North importing bees from the Southern states.They,ve been known to take down horses.Here in Az. 99 percent of the hives are Africanized.They have to constantly rotate a new queen in the hives.

    • Anonymous

       Bees have been brought in for years. African bees wouldn’t survive our winters because they don’t store enough honey to survive.

      • Anonymous

        So that means the “bees from away” don’t intermingle with native bees and eradicate the wild bee population?  

  • Anonymous

    The bees from away will probably be arrogant and start trying to “educate” the native bees.  Next thing you know the native bees will have to sell their hives because they can’t afford the property taxes.

    • Guest

      The BDN and you can take your “from away” mantra and stick it in a hive.  Really should, you know.  It’s the worst possible thinking.

  • Anonymous

    Was anyone else a little shocked to see the figure of $3.5 million federal grant money going to this professor from the University of Maine.  I am all for research and using university level studies and I am also an alumni of UofM but this is ridiculous.  No wonder the government can’t balance our budget or take care of basic necessities.  I am pretty sure a grant of $150k would go a long way towards researching bees. I am sorry but I just think there are things that are a bit more important and worthy of spending over $3 million on.  I am sure Prof. Drummond is laughing all the way to the bank.  Now he gets to buy fancy equipment, probably take a few “research” trips to exotic locales, and who knows what else.  I am not saying he is a bad person because I don’t know him but most anyone in that position would probably do the same. It’s the system that’s broken.

    • Jack Lane

      HoleMinded,  You are so totally wrong!      Frank Drummond is highly respected by his students and the entire Wild Blueberry industry.

    • Anonymous

      This funding is spread over five states for study of colony decline and how it can be managed.   There are broad ojectives, lots of people working on the grant and it has the support of everyone depending on bees to pollinate their crops.  The pesticide analyses alone would take up a good chunk of the money. 

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