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[–] Thetiedyeguy 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Planning for the worst is a good idea really.

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[–] Rainy-Day-Dream 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

how is this "instead of saving the environment and helping actual bees"? more/healthier flowers helps both and these don't look that expensive to produce

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[–] JJNova 3 points 1 points (+4|-3) ago 

The implication that bees are free is ridiculous. The pollination industry is not only expensive, but also requires transportation, keeping a colony alive, splitting colonies, etc.

Do people actually think that bees are just making their way from one coast to the next just naturally hitting every market?

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[–] 0fsgivin 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Id say the mass die off of bees might have something to do with the prices of hives going up.

Beekepeers are not exactly happy about it either.

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[–] Gigan 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

But robots won't be killed by pesticides.

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[–] flibolimay 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The two aren't mutually exclusive. Just because one thing is being developed doesn't mean that people aren't working on the other problem.

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[–] 1person10voats 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There's videos of people hand-pollinating orchards in China: https://youtu.be/RvnIbs7RzS8?t=123

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[–] Chempergrill 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I prefer the robots.

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[–] piratse 6 points -3 points (+3|-6) ago  (edited ago)

The bee's dying out thing is such bullshit anyways. Edit: love those reactionary DV! http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/07/colony_collapse_disorder_is_no_longer_the_existential_threat_to_honeybees.html
"Jeff Pettis, an entomologist whose research played a major role in uncovering the causes of CCD. He adds that in the past three to five years, though, researchers in his field have as not seen much CCD and that globally honeybee populations are not in decline."

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/why-we-can-stop-panicking-about-the-honeybees

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/10/believe-it-or-not-the-bees-are-doing-just-fine/

https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/07/28/beepocalypse-myth-handbook-dissecting-claims-of-pollinator-collapse/

https://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/

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[–] piratse 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Check my edit. There was a TEMPORARY loss of bees. The data is fucking everywhere. There is no beepocolypse. There was a CCD problem with mites for a VERY small amount of time. It's more liberal bullshit. Take ONE study that showed an above average loss of bees in like 2012-2013, and suddenly we won't have crops anymore.

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[–] piratse 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Oh go fuck yourself. You didn't even read them. Those links have DIRECT comments from fucking Jeff Pettis, who does this for a living. Don't be a faggot and discount the facts in the article because of the source. I also linked many sources, because I knew one of you faggots would use this as an excuse. I'll take the EXPERTS word on it, not yours.

"“One year does not make a trend,” Jeff Pettis, a co-author of the survey who heads the federal government’s bee research laboratory in Beltsville, Md., told the New York Times.

Turns out Pettis was right. VanEngelsdorp and other researchers at the Bee Informed Partnership, affiliated with the Department of Agriculture, just announced more than 40 percent of honeybee hives died this past year, as the Associated Press reported. The number is preliminary, but is the second-highest annual loss recorded to date.

“What we’re seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal that there’s some bad things happening with our agro-ecosystems,” study co-author Keith Delaplane of the University of Georgia told the AP. “We just happen to notice it with the honeybee because they are so easy to count.” Bee research, education at USDA Embed Share Play Video2:07 The U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to research problems facing honey bees and pollinators. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The cause of the bees’ demise was not noted, but researchers said colony collapse disorder — which causes mass deaths of the bees for reasons not fully understood — was not necessarily the culprit. As the Times put it last year: “What has emerged is a complex set of pressures on managed and wild bee populations that includes disease, a parasite known as the varroa mite, pesticides, extreme weather and poor nutrition tied to a loss of forage plants.”

“The winter loss numbers are more hopeful especially combined with the fact that we have not seen much sign of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) for several years, but such high colony losses in the summer and year-round remain very troubling,” Pettis said in a statement. He likened summer deaths to having “a higher rate of flu deaths in the summer than winter.”"