bees back in the news

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/science/earth/soaring-bee-deaths-in-2012-sound-alarm-on-malady.html
sound alarm? more like repeatedly ring the bell that is the head of most people who haven't done the science.
"yeah, let's make plants poisonous to insects! what a brilliant idea!"
...no science done on long term effects done... ...time passes...
"oops, guess what?"
"what?"
"bees are insects..."
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<http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id 4>
Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the worlds crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive.
Whats Causing Colony Collapse Disorder?
Researchers think this Colony Collapse Disorder may be caused by a number of interwoven factors:
Global warming, which has caused flowers to bloom earlier or later than usual. When pollinators come out of hibernation, the flowers that provide the food they need to start the season have already bloomed.
Pesticide use on farms. Some toxic pesticides meant to kill pests can harm the honey bees needed for pollination. Many pesticides banned by other countries because they harm bees are still available in the United States.
Habitat loss brought about by development, abandoned farms, growing crops without leaving habitat for wildlife, and growing gardens with flowers that are not friendly to pollinators.
Parasites such as harmful mites. -------
The world's growing population means more bees are needed to pollinate the crops to feed more people. According to the U.N. report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world's food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent. Noting that humans seem to believe that they can operate independent of nature through technological innovations, Achim Steiner, the executive director of the UNEP said, "Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less dependent on nature's services in a world of close to 7 billion people."
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Billy wrote:

in that article is an excellent link to another site with a ton of information. so thank you for that. :)

i think the answer is quite a mix.
like many of the problems with monocultural agriculture it looks like that also has happened to honey bees in recent times.

plant flowers that bloom and feed bees all season -- that will help a great deal if they can have good food that isn't laden with pesticides.
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