On August 1, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a survey about honey bee health which has outraged commercial beekeepers, honey bee health advocates and environmentalists. The survey implies that honey bee populations are increasing which is contrary to the reality commercial beekeepers face. Numerous commercial beekeeping operations have reported honey bee losses ranging from 30-60% due to exposure to neonicotinoids, IGR’s (insect growth regulator pesticides) and fungicides. The common belief expressed by honey bee health advocates is that the data is ambiguous and misleading to the uninformed.
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer discusses this controversial USDA survey with Gene Brandi. Gene Brandi is owner and operator of Gene Brandi Apiaries since 1978. He currently holds the office of President of the American Beekeeping Federation. Previously, he was President of the California State Beekeepers Association, and has been a member CSBA Board of Directors since 1978. Gene is also a board member, Project Apis-M, and past Chairman of the National Honey Board.
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