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  •  There's actually two sides to this story. (1+ / 0-)
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    Citrus growers in California, Florida and in other countries (but especially Florida) are facing devastating losses of orange groves due to citrus greening, which is caused by a disease passed on by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which feed on citrus plants.  There is presently no cure for citrus greening.  

    A group of citrus growers from Florida is spending millions of dollars trying to find a genetic cure that may take up to three years to develop, but in the mean time they're trying to stop or slow the widespread destruction of their groves using a mix of pesticides, the ones that killed the bees in this story.

    While millions of dead bees is bad, equally bad would be the collapse of the orange crop in Florida, followed by California.  

    The use of pesticides that kill bees in Florida is a temporary measure to protect the orange groves until a better solution that doesn't affect the bees is found.  This pales in comparison to the problem of Bayer trying to continue selling neonics across America to be used on most of the crops grown here, including almost 100% of American corn, and is indicated in bee colony collapse.

    Sometimes there are no good solutions.  This is the case so far with the Florida citrus crop.

    •  The discussion regarding citrus greening in this (0+ / 0-)

      thread is interesting. I'm glad you signed up to comment about it. I like to read all sides of an issue.

      My father was a beekeeper so I'm a bit biased but I also empathize with citrus growers trying to save their crops. The Bayer (not wild about the power of corporations and their influence on politics) neonics story is one to follow. I already don't like it.

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