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Where have all the bees gone?


Bees are dying off. We know, that’s kind of like telling you there’s a big problem called ‘global warming’, but a recent Christian Science Monitor article makes revisiting the issue worthwhile. It’s an in-depth look at how we got into this predicament, as well as scientists’ efforts to ensure that the fuzzy flyers don’t go the way of the dodo.

According to the article, in addition to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease, another factor might be spurring the decline: poor nutrition.  

To prepare them for winter, bees are fed high-fructose corn syrup and protein supplements. In the fields they've pollinated, meanwhile, more often than not they've gathered only one kind of pollen. Maybe, like other animals, they need a diverse diet, he says. "If you only ate McDonald's every day, you'd be just like that guy in 'Super Size Me,' " he says. "And he didn't feel that good."

Part of the solution might involve altering agricultural practices.

Moving away from monoculture, say scientists, and having something always flowering within bee-distance, would help natural pollinators. This would make crops less dependent on trucked-in bees, which have proved to be vulnerable to die-offs.

Wow, the possibility of more diverse crops, perhaps (dare we hope) the planting of native species, and a resurgence of bees? That, we think, would be the bee’s knees. Or the cat’s pajamas. Or the bullfrog’s beard. Or, maybe our favorite, the elephant’s adenoids.


Comments

You shouldn't be so glib about what you wish for the bees ... so many are gone that we'll be lucky to eat any fruit or nuts this year. Even in my safe haven the bees have fallen off, and not through lack of proper nutrition ... it's more likely that it's preponderance of pesticides, and chemtrail spraying which Dennis Kucinich who has been on the Armed Services committee has said are aluminum and barium winds. In the Bay Area that would make us even more vulnerable to the acid rain, mercury and lead contaminated rain from China.
Please make sense! This is not a light issue, especially in the US. We don't need soft answers that would take years to adjust to, we need to look at the causes of this year's bee loss, so we can still eat next year.

It would be interesting to know if South America is having the same problem,
And are WILD bees disappearing also.
So far the media says the problem is North of the Equator.