Exchange set up for red honey

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  • Bill Gubler Riverton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    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!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Great Horned Owl Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    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?