Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Vanishing Bees!

Across the USA, bees are flying off in search of pollen and nectar and simply never returning to their colonies. And nobody knows why. The bee losses are ranging from 30 to 60 percent on the West Coast, with some beekeepers on the East Coast and in Texas reporting losses of more than 70 percent; beekeepers consider a loss of up to 20 percent in the offseason to be normal.

From Neil Gaiman's blog - "My own theory about the disappearing bees is that some bright bee in each of the now-empty hives said, "'ere, why are we eating this apalling corn syrup muck out of container tankers when we've spent all year making lovely honey. Why are we being driven around the country on the back of trucks? Why do we put up with this? We're bees for god's sake. We can fly. Let's go somewhere else." And then the rest of the bees went "She's got a point, you know," and then they went elsewhere."

Something else I discovered while "investigating" this post was that beekeepers can now earn much more by renting their bees for pollinating than they do producing honey. Visit betterbee to purchase your kit before your move to the States!

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