RIP Philo

bees dying out

http://www.celsias.com/blog/2007/03/15/bee-colony-collapse-disorder-where-is-it-heading/

oops.  hey, what do you know, maybe those environmentalists were on to something when they said we shouldn't introduce stuff into the environment without some heavy duty testing just in case it has side effects.

ah well.  better luck next time we have an agricultural economy.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 16th, 2007 7:22pm
Aren't those the yellow things that sting? And who wants to eat fruit and vegetables anyway. This has to be a win all around.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 16th, 2007 7:55pm
your parents never sat you down for "the conversation" did they?  this explains so much....
Permalink zed 
March 16th, 2007 9:05pm
"Many of these bees are transported across several states to perform pollinations in orchards and farms around the country."

Maybe bees aren't supposed to be moved all the time.  Maybe part of their good sense of direction has to do with familiarity with their habitat, and constantly moving messes them up, just as it does when we move to a new area, except we can ask directions, and they can't.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 16th, 2007 10:09pm
Was there an unusally high level of bee moving this past autumn in 24 states in the eastern US?
Permalink zed 
March 16th, 2007 10:14pm
Bees have been bussed around for decades. That by itself can't explain it. And as mentioned, they are not native. They are immigrants anyway and have come to accept the American iterrant lifestyle over generations.

No, there is something afluke this year. Hopefully it's only a one-year buzz off.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 16th, 2007 10:17pm

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