Colony Collapse Disorder
No one really knows exactly why colony collapse disorder happens, but as scientists have pointed to pesticides or microbial organisms as a possible cause. Host Jim Meadows talks with May Berenbaum, professor of entomology at the U of I about colony collapse disorder, what it is, why it’s a problem and what might be causing it. According to new research, high fructose corn syrup could also play a role. We’ll also talk this hour with Rich Ramsey, a beekeeper who lives outside Springfield and keeps 40 hives. He had a hive collapse in 1989 and is concerned that beekeepers are putting their colonies through too much stress.