Thursday, May 03, 2007

Where are our bees?

Check out this rather remarkable AP story, via the Jamestown, New York Post-Journal online site, that is headlined "Mysterious killer of honeybees could make dinner a bland meal."

Say what?

This is effin' serious folks. Bees are dying, disappearing, washing up in clusters on our nation's beaches. Just what the hell is going on here?

Notes the AP, rather matter-o-factly: In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees. So if the collapse worsens, we could end up being ‘‘stuck with grains and water,’’ said Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for USDA’s bee and pollination program.

This could have an absolutely devastating effect on the country. Are agri-giants behind this? The military-industrial complex? Someone knows what is killing these bees and they know that this will ultimately work its way up the food chain and end up killing human beings! I know here in Oklahoma, in the Altus area, there are plans to introduce GM alfalfa. This will probably make things worse.
In any event, this is so serious and yet I don't sense it's getting the widespread play it deserves.

For more on this subject, please read this column about bees and Colony Collapse Disorder headlined "Please Lord, Not the Bees."

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