The Stakeholders in the Bee Crisis

Introduction

Most would point the fingers at the pesticide manufacturers and the industrial farmers as the main causes of the “Bee Crisis,” forcing beekeepers to adapt to stay in business, but I would also say the commercial beekeepers are partially at fault.

The Bee Crisis is a complex, multi-faceted issue that has the potential to impact every single one of us—eventually. There are other causes to the Bee Crisis besides industrial farming and the heavy use of pesticides, including Varroa mites and various viruses and diseases (Paxton, et al. S57).

Because of its complexity and the differing opinions of all those involved, it’s difficult to identify what the argument of the Bee Crisis actually is.

Everyone involved in the “Bee Crisis” is pointing fingers at possible causes and progress towards a solution is very slow. An article entitled “Bees, Inc.” written by Josh Dzieza references when the “Bee Crisis” first started: “Colony collapse disorder came to global attention in 2007.” It’s been almost a decade since the “Bee Crisis” was first reported by the mass media. A decade and we still haven’t come up with a lasting solution. Adaptation has been the only quick fix utilized; hopefully enough to keep up with the losses of hives.

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Honey Bee Suite: A Credibility Analysis

Is Honey Bee Suite Credible?

Rusty Burlew’s credentials make her blog, Honey Bee Suite, a credible source of information even though some of the content is not backed up by a secondary source.

It’s a Blog About Bees

Simply put, Honey Bee Suite is a blog about bees and (incidentally) beekeeping. Rusty Burlew, the author of the blog, has a strong scientific background and uses it to reliably inform her readers about bees and, occasionally, other pollinators.

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Is Industrial Farming Actually Good for the Environment?

A Brief Introduction

Industrial farming has been identified as one of the major causes for the Bee Crisis. Jayson Lusk, who is described as “a professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University,” recently wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times entitled, “Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment.” The article is meant to persuade the reader of the benefits of modern industrial farming techniques.

While the article tries to be persuasive, the author avoids discussing several key counterpoints, which weakens the ethos built up in the beginning of the article.

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