12 February 2007

This could be very bad

I'm having a little difficulty getting my head around all the possible ramifications here...

-- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the United States, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination.

A recent report by the National Research Council noted that in order to bear fruit, three-quarters of all flowering plants -- including most food crops and some that provide fibre, drugs and fuel -- rely on pollinators for fertilization.
What the hell is happening here?

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glenda said...

It may not be affecting the honey producers where you are but the folks who put hives on our farm have had a bad couple of years. Last spring was the worst ever and they were pretty sure it wasn't the mite they had been battling in years past.

the constant skeptic said...

bees disappearing is the first of many signs that the end times are near.... repent!!

Neo Conservative said...

our droll friend, the constant comic... is apparently prepared to jump in and help pollinate the three-quarters of all flowering plants... that need cross fertilization.