The rants of pesticide-hating environmentalists may theaten the honeybee population much more than the subject of their rage -- neonicotinoid pesticides that destroy Varroa destructor mites that actually do kill millions of bees. CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains that the installation of a beehive on the Vice President's residence could focus on how to protect bees from these vicious, though tiny, predators that suck the bee's hemolymph blood-equivalent out of them, compromising their immune systems and vectoring in a dozen of more viruses and diseases into honeybees and colonies.
The battle against bee killing organisms like Varroa destructor mites, parasitic phorid flies, Nosema fungal parasites, the tobacco ringspot virus is tough enough without anti-science activists scaring people by claiming that ALL bee colony collapses are caused by the use of neonicotinoidal pesticides. Colony collapses date as far back as the 10th century (long before pesticides were envisioned), and yet bee populations in the U.S. and Canada are the highest in over a decade.
Alan Caruba exposes Friends of the Earh as willing to lie to the people to solicit money and increase its influence. One significant illustration of this fact is the FOE campaign against pesticides used on crops. FOE claims that these pesticides are responsible for massive bee kills -- but peer reviewed science shows that the bees were being attacked by the tobacco ringspot virus.