We as humans are a greedy little specie. We have taken a colony of honey bees and learned their habits and how to use them to OUR gain. This isn’t all bad but my concerns here are multi-faceted. We are very bottom line driven, and I for one am ashamed of how we are treating the very planet that not only sustains us but can sustain future generations to come. When we look at this in correlation with apis mellifera we as Americans are gambling a whole lot more than just a bottom line. I strongly urge fellow bee keepers to do a self diagnostic on the ethics and morals of how we are currently keeping bees here. Sorry if I haven’t already gotten to the heart of of the discussion here yet so here it is:”We need to stop monoculture crop production by stopping the pollination of monoculture crops.” Really sit down and look at the percentages of what we are gambling with here. I know statistics are use to push numbers in ones favor so I will stay conservative with the numbers so as to not exaggerate. We transport roughly 60% of America’s honey be population to one state for pollination of one crop. There are soooo many things wrong with this. Can we say EPIC failure here? Our “scientists” are saying they cant figure out why the colony collapse disorder (CCD) is happening. Well DUH!!!! It too is multifaceted. Lets just look at the amount of stress the colony goes through in the transportation process. Next we have the time of year when the colonies are moved there. Next once there the crops are sprayed with chemicals for “better production”. Now lets look at the chemicals themselves. They are designed to attack the insects on a molecular level attacking not only cell walls but the DNA itself in many cases. Lets just say the bees survive the chemicals. So now they take these chemical back to the colony in the pollen’s they are feeding to the colony. The Queen is fed these chemicals too. Now these chemicals are DNA altering right? So when the Queen lays an egg the egg is altered in what ever the way the chemical was designed for. So now we are looking at genetically altered bees and possibly Queens too. Next most if not all bees used for commercial pollination are hygenic in nature. So when they go to clean up the hive how do we know the thought processes that they use? They might also see that cleaning means to not go back to the hive because they are the dirty ones contaminating the hive thus decreasing the numbers and causing CCD. We will never now this for sure but it is plausable. Now chemicals aside, lets get back to pollination. Now that all of these crops have been pollinated we next return them to the apiaries from where they came. Bringing all the chemicals and genetic modifications with them. There are only so many genes that honey bees have to work with on their own. I am totally opposed to GMO,but not Hybridization. In my opinion we are currently running out of genetic material to work with here in the States that hasnt been alterd in one way or another. This is another facet to this hideous gemstone of Pollination.