Because it’s starting to freak me out a little.
The unprecedented honeybee die-off, that is:
…if the collapse worsens, we could end up being “stuck with grains and water,” said Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for USDA’s bee and pollination program.
“This is the biggest general threat to our food supply,” Hackett said.
…about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination…
U.S. beekeepers in the past few months have lost one-quarter of their colonies – or about five times the normal winter losses…. The problem started in November and seems to have spread to 27 states, with similar collapses reported in Brazil, Canada and parts of Europe.
Even before this disorder struck, America’s honeybees were in trouble.
Luckily, it should be easy to solve:
The top suspects are a parasite, an unknown virus, some kind of bacteria, pesticides, or a one-two combination of the top four, with one weakening the honeybee and the second killing it.