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Fear and Loathing in Hilo

Well, they are going for it. The state of Hawaii has temporarily lifted jurisdiction on the poison fipronil to eradicate all hives of bees within 5 miles of the city of Hilo. This is to stop the spread of the newly introduced parasitic varroa mite and protect the state's $4 million queen bee and honey industry for perhaps a few more years.

The mites will surely kill many bees on the island, but why wait?

Hawaii could lead the world in establishing the balance of natural beekeeping, but the state chooses death. Meanwhile on the mainland Bayer continues the same only less overtly.

Maybe Obama will fix it.


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