Bananas Are Dying, Killed by Corporate Monoculture
One Year Later, USDA Still Hasn't Funded Bee Research
Farm Bill Promises – Key Word: "Promises" – $75 Million for Bee Studies
May 5, 2008 at 7:17AM by Kim Flottum
There’s a lull in the Colony collapse disorder world at the moment. But things have been happening on the government front that are interesting. The $4 million grant we’ve talked about before that’s been waiting is a step closer to being granted as one of the three teams competing for the funds has been chosen to be the golden child. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet and they have to go and explain more fully what it is they intend to do, and who will be doing it. (Isn’t that what a grant proposal is supposed to do? So who pays for the scientists to go to D.C. and stay at expensive hotels and eat well for a couple three days while all this goes on? Just guess.)
The way this has been handled should be an embarrassment to the USDA because they have mishandled nearly every aspect of this from beginning to end, including who they let bid, and then the reviews of the programs. Their only saving grace is that everyone of the groups vying for the funds are better qualified to handle this operation than those in charge. This certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouths of anyone trying to do business with this government agency.
The winning group heads to DC to defend their project shortly, and unless they royally screw up or the folks in charge don’t even show up, work should start later this summer when the money is available. A whole year to make this happen? Isn’t this absolutely outrageous?