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This cannot be good 
13th-Feb-2007 05:44 am
Mysterious ailment wiping out bees
POSTED: 1:49 p.m. EST, February 12, 2007
Story Highlights
• Beekeepers in 22 states report losses of up to 80 percent
• Researchers have been frustrated in their search for a cause
• Parasitic mites and a lack of nectar in pollen may have killed them off

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (Reuters) -- A mysterious disease is killing off U.S. honeybees, threatening to disrupt pollination of a range of crops and costing beekeepers hundreds of thousands of dollars, industry experts said on Monday. [...]

I don't know if bees dying is old news rehashed or if it is something new. Possibly it is a combination of things.

Bees pollinate just about every major vegetable and fruit crop. If it has flowers, expect bees. However, butterflies pollinate corn and wind is the major pollinator of grasses such as wheat and barley. Kiss your vegetables goodbye. Still, the article doesn't say if it is European honeybees only or if the Africanized ones are also in decline.

A quart of wheat for a denarius, anyone?
13th-Feb-2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
This is the first I've heard of this story, but I agree with your assessment. It can't be good. I'm hopeful that the remaining 20% will be enough to keep plants pollinated, but I'm often too optimistic about such things. More research to follow.

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