Bee Worried

As the world comes to grips with a life without Anna Nicole an important story disappeared under the radar. Honeybees are dying! I guess some people don’t really see the event as being as important as sex, lies and overdoses, but I do. I love food, love my apples, love my cherries, love my honey and love bees. Bees help to pollinate nearly one third of the world’s food sources. These furry little creatures (yep they are covered in fine hairs) work their butts off to help us enjoy the fruits of their labour. In fact the simple little Honey bee is worth about $15 billion to the US crop market alone, not to mention the rest of the world ( which I haven’t got stats on yet, but I assume is just as big). Tens of thousands of bee colonies are dying across America. One colony averages between 20,000 to 60,000 bees which roughly speaking equates to between 200,000,000 and 600,000,000 dead bees and counting. This “Colony Collapse Disorder” has the potential to scare me more than the Bird Flu, especially when scientists are saying it is a breakdown of their immune system (bee AIDS). As if we haven’t got enough to worry about! The Colony Collapse Disorder is under investigation in 11 states of America and spreading fast. Listed amongst the potential cause of this epidemic are mites, an unknown pathogenic disease, pesticide contamination or poisoning. My bet is on pesticide contamination (isn’t it always). Maybe it is Gods way of stopping us dying from pestcide contaminated fruit….kill the pollinator. Whatever the reason, lets add starving to the list of things to worry about which include, global warming, acid rain, enemy combatants, walking with an ipod, Bin Laden, melting glaciers, Bird Flu, women astronauts wearing nappies, anthrax, brain tumours from mobiles, artifical sweeteners, tsunamis, radiation tablet in your cup of tea, the Taliban, weapons of mass destruction, Bill O’Reilly picking on you, leaking reactors and whaling for scientific purposes.

To learn more about these precious little commodities check out my bee site at www.insectvista.com .

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