Mysterious ailment wiping out bees
POSTED: 1:49 p.m. EST, February 12, 2007
• 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?