Battle for Survival!

By Duane Pool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in conjunction with other regulatory agencies have released recommendations on May 2nd, 2013 detailing the effects of parasites, disease, nutrition, and genetic diversity upon the honey bee population contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

In addition, recommendations have been made to promote greater collaboration to determine the risks associated with the use of pesticides on honey bee colonies.

Frank Maccioli, at, writes in the article “— USEPA and USDA Release Hone Bee Report Detailing Reasons for Colony Decline”  that acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe states the following commitment:

 “The decline in honey bee health is a complex problem caused by a combination of stressors, and at EPA we are committed to continuing our work with USDA, researchers, beekeepers, growers and the public to address this challenge.”–Bob Perciasepe

Maccioli’s article contains links to recommendations made to the Colony Collapse Disorder Steering Committee (CCD), led by the USDA, EPA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Photo Credit: Resources:

  1. article
  2. USDA Press Release
  3. USDA Honeybee Report
  4. NASS website

Thank you to Frank Maccioli of, the USDA, EPA and NASS for this informative look at the threat to our honeybee population as a result of Colony Collapse Disorder.

In addition, a more detailed discussion entitled The Neonicotoid View: Honey Bee Health Report Discussion” can be viewed on You Tube.

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Do you feel that this study and subsequent recommendations from the EPA, USDA and NASS are sufficient in addressing the ongoing decline of the honey bee population?

Please tell us why, or why not?

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