Honey Producers Lament a Bad Season for Bees

International Herald Tribune - Rendezvous   By Harvey Morris  9/29/12

LONDON — It’s been another bad year for bees.

Both excess rainfall and drought in various parts of Europe have reduced honey production by as much as 90 percent, according to some producers, while the erratic course of America’s parasite-afflicted “zombie bees” this week reached as far north as Washington State.

“It is not being alarmist to say that many bee farmers will cease to trade as a result of this season,” Margaret Ginman of the Britain’s Bee Farmers’ Association said this week, summing up the impact of a rain-battered spring...

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