Colony collapse disorder and bee pollen
Given that we don't know what causes CCD, isn't it prudent to consider that pollen might be a contributing factor? And, given that it may be killing bees, doesn't it worry you to eat it yourself?
Do you mean the collection of pollen is contributing to CCD? If so, then no, pollen is not a contributing factor. Only a very small percentage of hives actually collect pollen for commercial purposes. In order to do so, you have to install pollen traps in the hives. At Dutchman's Gold, we don't collect any of our own pollen due to climate issues and we still experience CCD. I suspect CCD is caused by a multitude of factors including GMO crops, cell phone towers, the overuse and misuse of anti-biotics in hives and insecticide/herbicides.