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Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine and he writes for The Daily Green about colony collapse disorder and the beekeeping life.




Where to Find the Beekeeper
    WHere to find the Beekeeper Kim Flottom blog.

What the Winter Loss Survey Tells Us About Colony Collapse Disorder
    The 2011 honey bee Winter loss survey tells us the latest about colony collapse disorder.

7 (Yes, 7) Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder
    The causes of colony collapse disorder include old and new pests, pesticides and fungicides, and poor nutrition. Here's what we know, in brief, and what beekeepers can do about it.

Which Cities Have Legalized Beekeeping?
    New York City legalized beekeeping in 2010. What other cities towns and counties made beekeeping legal recently? We want to know and we need your help identifying them.

An Interview with a Bee Genius
    Marla Spivak is a honey bee researcher who won a 2010 MacArthur "genius" fellowship.

How Do Honey Bees Survive Winter?
    How do bees survive winter? Now you know.

The Cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, As a Crime Drama
    The cause of colony collapse disorder may have been found, an iridescent insect virus and a familiar fungus, Nosema.

What Do Bees Do in Winter?
    A webinar will help beekeepers keep healthy bees through the winter.

How Pesticides Can Be Safe for Bees and Frogs, and Still Kill Them
    Pesticides can have unintended consequences, affecting bees and frogs not directly, but through a cascade of events that affect the ecosystem. Here are two examples, one with atrazine, and one with a new fungicide.

See the Beekeeper (and a Whole Lot More) In Philadelphia
    Philadelphia Honey Festival will include many interesting talks, including by the Beekeeper Kim Flottum.

No Buzz Zones: 90+ U.S. Cities and Towns Where Beekeeping Is Still Illegal (Update)
    Beekeeping is illegal in many cities, towns and counties across the U.S. Here's a look at the cities where urban beekeeping is illegal.

Hope You Like Beets, Because The Bee Crisis Could Soon Be Hitting the U.S. Food Supply
    The food supply is at risk from the honey bee declines due to colony collapse disorder and other diseases affecting this important food crop pollinator.

Young Women in Cities Lead Trend in Backyard (or Rooftop, as the Case May Be) Beekeeping
    Listen to the NPR beekeeping story about woman urban beekeepers, leading the trend in backyard beekeeping in cities.

The Grove Gamble: Will There Be Enough Bees to Pollinate This Spring?
    How many acres does it take to feed a honey bee colony? Conventional wisdom says one acres is enough for good honey bee nutrition, but that could be 20 times too low. Is poor nutrition contributing to colony collapse disorder?

How Much Land Does It Take to Feed a Bee Colony? More Than You Think
    How many acres does it take to feed a honey bee colony? Conventional wisdom says one acres is enough for good honey bee nutrition, but that could be 20 times too low. Is poor nutrition contributing to colony collapse disorder?

Beekeeping for Happy Neighbors
    Beekeeping guidelines to make beekeeping successful and safe.

Colony Collapse Disorder: Cause Discovered?
    The cause of colony collapse disorder may have been found. A new peer-reviewed research paper says colony collapse disorder is caused by a fungus and a virus acting together.

Want High Quality, Safe Honey at a Reasonable Price? HonestHoney Does Too
    HonestHoney has formed to stop illegal honey imports, honey laundering and contaminated honey.

A Free Webinar for Beekeepers
    How to be an urban beekeeper. Learn how in this free webinar.

One-Third of All Honeybees Died Last Winter, and That's Not Even The Worst News
    The fourth annual census of honeybees revealed one of the worst years for U.S. bees on record, and colony collapse disorder is only part of the problem.

What's Being Done to Study Honey Bee Health
    An overview of scientific research and surveys ongoing about honey bee health, colony collapse disorder, pesticides effect on honeybees, etc.

To: Bees
From: Scientists

    New research sheds light on the many pesticides honey bees encounter daily. It could be a cause of colony collapse disorder, or just that colony collapse disorder helped diagnose the pesticide problem.

Where Is Beekeeping Still Illegal?
    How to be an urban beekeeper. Learn how in this free webinar.

Exceptionally Cold Temperatures Down South Harm Honey Bee Queens
    Queen bee production in the Southern U.S. has been hit by the unusually cold winter of 2009-2010.

It's Official: 2009 Was the Worst Honey Crop on Record
    The official USDA honey statistics are in, and the 2009 honey crop was the worst on record for beekeepers, and the price consumers paid was 50-cents more per pound, a big increase.

The Cost of Colony Collapse Disorder, as You've Never Seen it Calculated Before
    The cost of honey is rising, while the cost of sugar and stevia are making the landscape of sweeteners far more competitive.

Expect to Pay More — a Lot More — for Almonds This Year
    The cost of honey is rising, while the cost of sugar and stevia are making the landscape of sweeteners far more competitive.

Starting a Beekeeper's Garden
    How to be an urban beekeeper and an urban gardener. How to start a city garden.

Learn How to Be an Urban Beekeeper
    How to be an urban beekeeper. Learn how in this free webinar.

High Honey Prices, Black Market "Yellow Gold" and the Facts About Stevia
    The cost of honey is rising, while the cost of sugar and stevia are making the landscape of sweeteners far more competitive.

Expect Another 35% Loss in U.S. Bees to Colony Collapse Disorder This Winter
    Beekeeper face a devil's bargain with colony collapse disorder, honey and money now at the expense of longterm hive health.

So What Caused Colony Collapse Disorder, Anyway?
    A new report exposes the facts behind honey laundering - the practice of shipping illegal honey from China through other nations into the U.S., and the serious problems that result for food safety and U.S. beekeepers.

The Outlook for Almond Pollination: Unclear
    A new report exposes the facts behind honey laundering - the practice of shipping illegal honey from China through other nations into the U.S., and the serious problems that result for food safety and U.S. beekeepers.

Nicotine Is No Good for Honeybees, Either
    A new report exposes the facts behind honey laundering - the practice of shipping illegal honey from China through other nations into the U.S., and the serious problems that result for food safety and U.S. beekeepers.

2009 Has the Worst Honey Crop on Record
    A new report exposes the facts behind honey laundering - the practice of shipping illegal honey from China through other nations into the U.S., and the serious problems that result for food safety and U.S. beekeepers.

For Beekeepers, It's Been the Best of Times and the Worst of Times
    For beekeepers, colony collapse disorder and a horrible honey crop are reasons to despair, but the rise in hobby beekeeping, especially urban beekeeping, is a reason to rejoice.

Urban Beekeeping: 5 Questions for Beginners
    If you're interested in urban beekeeping, these urban beekeeping tips from the author of The Backyard Beekeeper, will be invaluable.

Rooftop Beekeeping: 6 Questions for Beginners
    If you're interested in rooftop beekeeping, consult these tips before starting a bee hive on the roof.

Cause of Colony Collapse Disorder Identified?
    A cause of colony collapse disorder seems to have been identified: the interaction of viruses and varroa mites, which saps honey bees of their ability to make essential proteins.

3 Deadly Crops for Bees
    The pesticides used on many crops kill or harm bees, including those used on corn, soybeans and citrus crops.

The One Factor Left Out of 'Comprehensive' Research into Colony Collapse Disorder
    Colony collapse disorder research lays out the basics of what is known about colony collapse disorder, but it omits stress caused by almond pollination.

Colony Collapse Disorder Research Is (Finally) Gearing Up
    Colony collapse disorder research money is finally being spent on a variety of interesting honey bee scientific research, including the effects of nosema, varroa, viruses and pesticides.

1 in 3 U.S. Bees Died This Winter
    Colony collapse disorder is claiming fewer bees, and a smaller percentage of U.S. bees -- but that doesn't mean problems have ended for beekeepers. Not by a long shot.

10 Tips for Establishing Your First Hive of Bees
    If you're interested in becoming a backyard beekeeper, this will help you choose the best kind of bee for you, whether Italians or Carniolans.

Russians Saving U.S. from Colony Collapse Disorder
    Russian bees stationed at the White House vegetable garden is a good sign for colony collapse disorder. Here's why.

An Addition To Michelle Obama's White House Garden: Honey Bees
    Michelle Obama's White House garden will not only feature organic vegetables, but honey bees.

Honey, The Numbers Don't Lie: Bees Are In Long-Term Decline
    New numbers about honey and bee hives show how disease, pest infestations, importation and possibly colony collapse disorder have taken a toll on U.S. bee hives.

Colony Collapse Disorder Showing Up Again in East Coast Hives
    Early reports of a healthy bee population for the California almond pollination were overly optimistic. The situation has worsened dramatically, and it has all the hallmarks of colony collapse disorder.

U.S. Beekeepers Have More Bees Than Anytime in 3 Years
    Beekeepers are better at keeping their bees healthy, after colony collapse disorder decimated hives across the U.S. in recent years... and as a result, there are more bees than at any time in the past three years, more bees in fact than there are alm

At Annual Beekeeper Conference, All Talk Turns to Colony Collapse Disorder
    At the annual Beekeeper meeting, there was a lot of talk of colony collapse disorder.




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