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Very OT: Have you noticed a decline in the numbers of honeybees?


Oct 13 2007, 7:37pm

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I just saw where PBS is airing a show called "Silence of the Bees" on October 28th. Apparently it is not known why, but honeybee numbers have diminished very drastically over the past 3-4 years, prompting a good deal of concern for this little critters that pollinate our vegetables, fruits and nuts. I must say I had noticed there didn't seem to be as many of them myself, but I didn't attach any problem to it until I saw an advertisement for this episode on their "Nature " series and did an on-line search for more information. Many things are being considered for blame, and one of them is cell phones causing the bees to become unsure of how to return to their hives (and their food source, the made up honey). As the beekeepers are not finding dead bodies, simply nobody home in the hive (except the queen and some young workers) it's like the epidemic viruses or mites also suspected may not be the cause. They are calling it the AIDS of the bee world. And Albert Einstein apparently once said something to the effect that if the honeybees died out, mankind would have about 4 years to live (since they have such an impact on our food.) Of course, many years have passed since he said that, and I expect nowadays we could manage to pollinate the food another way--still...
Seems very interesting. I will be watching.

For Gondor!

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Very OT: Have you noticed a decline in the numbers of honeybees? Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 13 2007, 7:37pm
    more recent news Corvar Send a private message to Corvar Oct 13 2007, 8:56pm
        Although Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Oct 13 2007, 9:10pm
        It just seems that if it were some disease... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 13 2007, 11:33pm
    I've moved around quite a bit so I couldn't tell you. GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Oct 13 2007, 8:56pm
    Lots of factors at work Idril Celebrindal Send a private message to Idril Celebrindal Oct 13 2007, 9:40pm
    I saw maybe 2 bees this whole summer. It is linked with EMF Mar Send a private message to Mar Oct 13 2007, 11:19pm
    Nope, we still have tons here. Farawyn Send a private message to Farawyn Oct 14 2007, 12:49am
    I noticed this summer in Ohio a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Oct 14 2007, 1:04am
        Well, he may have been right for technology's status at his time ... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 14 2007, 1:26am
    They have all moved to my house. AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 14 2007, 7:01pm
    I've also heard grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 16 2007, 4:46pm
    Yes! Hornets... Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Oct 16 2007, 5:56pm


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