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1. Discuss the different philosophies on beekeeping espoused by commercial keepers such as Menendez vs. Organic keepers such as “The Queen Bee.” (The woman in Arizona)
Commercial beekeepers routinely kill the queen after only a few months and replace her with a younger artificially raised one. Beekeepers remove the queen from the hive, pinch her head and then introduce a surrogate in a cage. The cage prevents the colony from killing the foreign queen until the adapt to her scent. They also use insemination collected from male drones. They do this to select from certain traits. Another method is the practice of taking honey away from the hives and replacing it with sugar syrup. Organic beekeepers do not feed the bees sugar syrup they also are against the use of Miticides.
2. Discuss the various things that are thought to contribute to CCD. Of these, which is thought to be the most significant factor? What evidence is there to support this?
Scientists turned to farming methods to explain the collapse of bees. They thought the use systemic pesticides, such as Gaucho an Poncho, were reasons why bees die. They found pesticides, but they did not know what they were doing to the bees. You would be able to see the dead bees around the hive. However, there were no dead bees in sight.

3. Why do the American Beekeepers have a difficult time selling honey? How can this contribute to the problem facing the bees?
It is hard for American Beekeepers to sell honey because they are forced to go migratory because they cannot sell their honey and make a living, which forces them to go into factory farming. Once they are on the road they artificially feed them. If they are on the road and artificially feeding their bees and something goes wrong they lose about 10% of their queens and they are then forced to buy artificial queens. Once they are forced into migratory they are…...

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