Colony Collapse – Humanity Next?

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 22, 2008

These guys should be your best friends! lolWe’re not sure exactly why huge numbers of honey bee colonies are dying out.  But its not a good sign in this era of increasing collapse of the very fabric of life, that grand web of complexity that we humans depend on for survival.

Bees are responsible for about 40% of our food since they pollinate all the plants that we depend on to eat, and to feed the livestock we eat as well. so they are an important part of the food chain.  Feral, or wild honey bees have been declining since the 1970’s and are now practically non-existent. Colonies kept by beekeepers are now following the same course, in massive numbers.

Comedian Bill Maher sums it up quite well: “Here’s a quote from Albert Einstein: “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Well, guess what? The bees are disappearing. In massive numbers. All around the world. And if you think I’m being alarmist and that, “Oh, they’ll figure out some way to pollinate the plants…” No, they’ve tried. For a lot of what we eat, only bees work. And they’re not working. They’re gone. It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder, when the hive’s inhabitants suddenly disappear, and all that’s left are a few queens and some immature workers — like when a party winds down at Elton John’s house. Also, if your stinger stays up more than 48 hours, call your doctor.”
 

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