Lack of Bees is “Biggest General Threat” to US Food Supply

By xerocube | May 3, 2007

As more is revealed about this situation, the more concerned I am. There’s not much I can do about it, but concerned I remain.

CNN is the latest news outlet reporting on the missing bees. An alarming statistic — 25% of the US bee population has vanished. That’s a lot of bees… and considering they pollinate a grand majority of US crops, this is huge.

From the article:

Mysterious honeybee killer could make dinner bland – CNN.com

Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons.

I don’t know about you, but if I start missing some of those delicious items in the grocery store, I’m going to be upset. Well, I guess I could do with out squash… and perhaps celery, but the rest?? No way!

Perhaps, as some scientists have noted to say in the article, it is time to figure out a new way to pollinate our crops and reduce our dependency on the honeybee. That may not be an easy solution, but it is looking like a more “correct” solution.

Topics: Life, Science | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Lack of Bees is “Biggest General Threat” to US Food Supply”

marcy Says:
May 15th, 2007 at 10:44 am

I hope this gets to you in time. I know you are super stressed about the bees 🙂

I’m sending you an e-mail about it, but i’m at work and i’m not sure I have the address correct.

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/

AC 360 on CNN at 9 central 10 eastern

It’s a mystery of epic proportions — bees vanishing in the billions without a shred of evidence. Anderson Cooper takes you inside the forensic investigation: What’s killing the bees? Watch tonight, 10 ET.

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