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Old 04-11-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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We are losing the world's great pollinators, the honey bee, and no-one knows why.

Most of the pollination for more than 90 commercial crops grown throughout the United States is provided by the honey bee.

Overall, about one third of human nutrition is directly due to crops grown through bee pollination. Albert Einstein certainly recognized the value of the honey bee when he speculated that " if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left."

The result of a world without honey bee pollination would leave us with a diet that consisted of grain and seafood.

In 2008, the latest news on the problem of the disappearing honey bee is not very reassuring.

It is now estimated that nearly half of Italy's 50 billion bee population died last year. That bee mortality rate will have a drastic effect on the country's 25-million-euro honey industry which could plummet by at least 50% this year, and wreak havoc on fruit crops.

Meanwhile, the situation in the U.S., where up to 70% of honey bees have already died, is far worse than in Italy.

The worldwide bee CCD (colony collapse disorder) epidemic has also hit France, Germany, Britain, Brazil, Australia, and Canada.

Colony Collapse Disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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Its awful. All my parents fruit trees are dying without them. Spoke to the local bee farmer here in New Mexico. He seemed to think that the mosquito spray they through into the air has something to do with it. Dont know about in Italy, but im sure all those pesticides cant be good. Just a thought. Its sad.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:51 AM
 
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We spray all sorts of chemicals on our crops and wonder why our bees are dying ?
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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We spray all sorts of chemicals on our crops and wonder why our bees are dying ?
That seems to be the logical explaination - but as far as I have read, the scientists and their 'studies' haven't found or proven a link yet.

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Old 04-11-2008, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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We seem to have more bee's now than ever in Alaska. Could they be moving to greener pastures?
I was in Sweden last week and saw a handfull of bumble bee's already poking around in flowers.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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It's not all bees that are dying though, just the honeybees, right? Aren't honeybees different from bumblebees, and other kinds of bees?
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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It's not all bees that are dying though, just the honeybees, right? Aren't honeybees different from bumblebees, and other kinds of bees?
Yeah but honeybees are better for pollinating crops, and bumblebees make very little honey, and thin honey at that (though it is good, I had some bumblebee honey once, but fighting the big bumblebees for it wasn't fun ).
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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Yeah but honeybees are better for pollinating crops,
Oh yes, I did know that! I was just responding to Rance's post. It's nice that there are a lot of other types of bees, but we really need honeybees.
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Oh yes, I did know that! I was just responding to Rance's post. It's nice that there are a lot of other types of bees, but we really need honeybees.
Oh I'll agree, I think a good variety is good, as a back up to the honeybees and I do simply like the various bees and such, they're interesting insects, just not when they're chasing after me.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Balme George bush. It must be his fault somehow. Everything else gets blamed on him, why not this?


I read somewhere that there is a bee disease that is killing them off and they cannot stop it. The killer african bees are doing pretty well though and they kill off the domestic bees too.
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