Open feeding honey bees is wrong and may be illeagle. If this so called
"bee keeper" has an outbreak of American Foul Brood, Nosima or other
transferable bee desease in his hives he will kill all the other hives that had
bees visit his feeders. Then you will see economic losses that will include law
suits. Stop open feeding Bees now!
We read that: "State officials say an undisclosed large beekeeping operation
began “open-feeding” bees with a concoction of crushed, rehydrated
candy canes and other candy materials. "So how about identifying
that mysterious "large beekeeping operation" and explaining why they are
not being held liable for damage to other beekeepers?Why are
taxpayers apparently getting soaked for this instead of going after those who
were allegedly responsible?Is there some back room political
influence at work here?The public needs to know.
While it seems really great that this exchange program has been set up, I have
some really naieve questions about this that I haven't seen addressed by
any of the numerous articles on this topic. Does the honey taste
good to anybody? If it doesn't have dangerous additives then can
beekeepers sell it as a novelty spread? Couldn't that possibly be a good
thing?I feel really bad about the couple of reports where I read
somebody resigned as some kind of inspector from the stresses and troubles
caused by this incident. I truly hope things work out better for him. But --
not being in the industry -- what were the stresses and troubles? Is the
government now required to do lots of extra inspecting and paperwork now? Were
those who (innocently it sounds like) experimented with feeding candy canes to
the bees being really extra ornery to the inspectors or something?Finally, who is paying for all these exchanges? Is it the taxpayers? A
private honey association? Who loses? How much honey is affected statewide?
Is it more localized to particular counties or operations?Thanks!