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article imageA World Without Fruit?

By queenbee88     May 3, 2007 in Environment
One-third of our diet comes from pollinated food by honeybees. Could the decline of the bee have us all living on bread and water?
Did you know that honeybees pollinate 90 percent of our flowering crops? This includes much of our fruit, vegetables and even nuts. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of the insect-pollinated plants we eat. The fact that there is a strange and unknown killer out there eradicating the bees is scary.
Beekeepers in the U.S., Brazil, parts of Europe, and Canada are reporting that their colonies are collapsing. In the U.S. alone it has spread to over 27 states. What is it that is killing the honeybees? So far it's been reduced to some unknown parasite or disease. It's weakening and then killing the bees leaving only babies and the queen behind with no worker bees. Honeybees are not equipped to fight disease or poisons. They cannot eliminate toxins and disease from their systems like other insects. Biologist E.O. Wilson of Harvard said the honeybee is nature's "workhorse — and we took it for granted." "We've hung our own future on a thread,"
As of now the only real finding has been a one-celled parasitic fungus found in a few dead bees that were collected from hives. In the mean time, Beekeepers have taken bees from other hives and introduced them to new colonies to keep them going. It is important to remember that this type of die-off has happened more than a few times before and the bees have always bounced back. This time it is just not happening in a way we can fully define.
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