It didn’t take long after CCD hit the all the media outlets for the first person to try and take advantage of the hype. Early this year, before anyone even had any evidence to suspect anything more concrete than little green men, someone was advertising CCD proof bees in one of the beekeeping magazines. Amazing claims when no one knew the cause or even how to test for it.
Now, there are another couple holistic tools to cure CCD (or to keep you amused on a cold winter day in case the snake oil salesman is fresh out):
Orgonite (as advertised on a few online forums). It transmutes any negative, destructive electromagnetic fields into positive, life supporting energetic fields. Confused? Me too. According to orgonite.info you can make your own. Just fill a mold (an old muffin pan will do) with one crystal (doesn’t appear to mater what type), any shards of metal you have handy and resin. Let it harden and you have a hard block you can smash the nasty CCD bugs with. No metal shards handy? I’m sure some scrapings from some recalled toys will have enough lead in them to do the trick.
theccdsolution.com (As advertised in the American Bee Journal) The Add reads:
"Get the CCD Solution NOW! Why wait? $99 intro kit treats 100 hives and 1.5 acres. Guaranteed to improve your hives. No poisons, No chemicals. No toxins. Explains CCD. From GW Agriculture: the inventors of Ultra High Technology for Agriculture"
Now call me skeptical, but a small agriculture company that does nothing with bees (at least on their primary web site gwagriculture.com) knows what CCD is and the cure? So I looked up theccdsolution.com and it’s just a parking page, no information at all. You would think if they were advertising the site they would have at least something on the page. Try to find out much about the company and you will turn up little. "Ultra High Technology for Agriculture" turns up 0 hits in google. Searching the company name and their old name Agri-Synthesis (agrisynthesis.com which redirects to gwagriculture.com) doesn’t turn up much, but does turn up an article in Wine Business Monthly where the founder is interviewed and he claims "We can cure any insect, disease, yield or quality problem on any crop, anywhere."
Sorry if I remain skeptical after such claims. Even all the trademarked names sprinkled liberally all over the website just isn’t that convincing to me. That and the $99 is a bit out of my price range. After all, if my bees only travel 2 miles from the hive (a low estimate), I’d only have to treat 8,000 acres per apiary at a cost of only $500,000. Maybe they’ll give me a discount buying it by the truckload? I guess I’ll have to try the Orgonite first, it’s nearly free in comparison.
(My chemist friend from college would get a kick out of it too. "Chemical Free", it’s a vacuum in a can!)