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Saturday, March 29, 2008 

Disappearing Bees....disappearing crops

We LOVE the little fuzzybuzzy ones. Haagen Dazs loves the little bumbly ones. Almond growers love them even more.
The almond industry, which has emerged over the last decade as one of the biggest and most profitable in California agriculture, depends on bees for pollination. And so every spring, fully 60% of the commercially kept honeybees in the United States -- more than 1 million hives -- are trucked to California's Central Valley to do their thing.

But what happens when one of the state's fastest-growing businesses depends on workers who are disappearing almost as quickly? That's what California's almond farmers are waiting to find out.

California produces almost 80% of the world's almonds, grossing more than $2 billion in 2007. The state's almond exports are more than twice the value of its wine exports.

While almonds have been growing into an agricultural powerhouse, bee populations have been dwindling. Most recently, plagued by a mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, honeybee colonies across the country have been vanishing, abandoning perfectly good hives. Even after two years, no one yet knows why. Theories are many, but definite answers are few.

And though the source of the disease is a mystery, its potential effects are not -- at least when it comes to almonds. Because it's this simple: Without bees, there are no nuts. - Latte Times
Not only are the bees disapearing...but their hives are too. Beehive heists are now big business for the "bad guys."
In the long, flat valley where the nation's almonds grow, bee thieves are striking hard this winter, nabbing increasingly valuable hives from farmers' fields where bees are used to pollinate blossoming nut trees.

A few weeks ago, 180 of Hall's hives were lifted over a period of days, a bit of banditry he estimates cost him nearly $70,000 in lost bees, pollination fees and honey production. - Forbes

One delicious way to help out, is to eat Ice Cream. No, really.

This month ice-cream makers go on the offensive. Häagen-Dazs is launching two new honey-themed flavors and labeling bee-dependent pints to help save the honeybee. A portion of the proceeds, up to $250,000, will go to geneticists, entomologists, and educators at the University of California at Davis and Pennsylvania State University who will research the causes of the bees’ decline, create stronger bees in the laboratory, and teach the public how to make their surroundings more bee friendly.

The two new flavors—Vanilla Honey Bee ice cream and Vanilla Honey & Granola frozen yogurt—are both delicious. The honey flavor is sharp without overwhelming the vanilla, and samples left in DISCOVER’s freezer vanished in record time. So next time you’re looking for a virtuous indulgence, think of the honeybees. - Discover

Häagen-Dazs' Help Save the Honey Bee!

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I think that it is very disburbing. Honey bees are a major part of our ecosystem. I would not be surprised if this is not a teriorist attack upon the fruit and vegetable producing countries. Also, this is going to hurt the USA economy. People will have to spend more money on these items while they are already in debt. We as American need to start better paying attention of what is going on around us. I am extremely concerned about this as everyone should be.


A note to let you know about this article, a current issue being addressed by the Earth Vision project -

"Why the Bees Are Dying - and how to bring them back"

at: http://www.evbooks.net/earth_vision_021.htm

This article opens the box on the disappearing honeybee issue, so-called Colony Collapse Disorder, by using spiritual ecology and the indications of 20th Century renaissance man, Rudolf Steiner, to realize the common denominator of suspected causes. If entrenched analysts, who have been concertedly looking at external threats for the villain, were to turn their sights 180 degrees, they would discover that "we have met the enemy, and the enemy is us!" - that is, overall human interference.

Using spiritual ecology to bring environmentalism to the next level, the EV project has several current newsworthy items.
To access them, visit:

Current Environmental Issues

Josef Graf
Earth Vision + Insight21
answers for the 21st Century
www.evsite.net + www.insight21.net

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