Sunday, February 24, 2008
What's killing the bees?
With climbing fuel prices, the shift to producing corn for ethanol, and the droughts in various parts of the country and the world for that matter this comes as more disturbing news to add to the storm of a bad situation. Our food production relies on the lowly honeybee to pollenate the crops that feeds this nation. Scientists have found viruses,mites, and pesteside residues in the remaining dead bees yet they can not say whether these are a cause or just the result of some other factor. The bees are dissapearing in record numbers and nobody can figure out why.
I saw the first airing of a report by 60 minutes on this last fall and had mistakenly thought that a cause had been found and a solution was soon to come.