Bee Stories a Cover Up?
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4 May 07
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3 May 07 - Here’s a great e-mail that I received from Kate Salvati
about the disappearing bees.
"While it is of some concern that honeybee population is in decline, it has happened before on numerous occasions, periodically. Basically this is a natural occurrence.
"I believe that the media is trying to find a scapegoat to avoid admitting that the current reduction in crop sizes is due to the recent cold snaps. Almost all the mentioned fruits and vegetables were seriously affected by freezing conditions, not lack of pollination.
"Here's an excerpt from the article:
"Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons."
"Now here’s the cover up: The apple, peach, cherry, blueberry, and strawberry crops from the Midwest to the Southeast were 50-90% wiped out by the April freeze. The freeze not only killed flowers, but whole trees! Why would bees be the problem if there are no trees left in some fields?
"The nuts, avocado, citrus, and soybean crops were decimated during the January freeze in California and Arizona.
"Broccoli doesn't get pollinated, neither does celery. These crops are supposed to be picked before they flower. Kiwis are mainly imported from New Zealand. Melons from Central America.
"This leaves asparagus, squash and cucumbers from the above list. Asparagus is a rhizome, pollination is not needed. Now we’re left with just squash and cucumbers.
Wait, cucumbers are a squash....so really, just squash.
"This is another classic example of media misrepresentation.
"You can be sure that the expected lower crop yields would be blamed on cold weather (the real reason) if the media were crusading for a coming ice age.
"This type of dishonest reporting should be taken note of. You and I both know that the real reason the facts aren't being reported is because of the global warming hype. Too many stories about cold weather and the vast amount of crops being lost due to the cold weather and global warming loses its steam, not to mention the continuous flow of money.
"I'm getting so sick of the absurd reporting of global warming in the media. It's gotten so bad that historic freezes such as the ones that occurred this year in California and the April freeze which affected just about every state east of the Rocky Mountains where the growing season had already started are being grossly ignored.
"Keep up the good work by being a voice of reason through all the hype."
Thanks Kate. You make a lot of sense.
Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have.
Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons.
In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees. So 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.
U.S. beekeepers in the past few months have lost one-quarter of their colonies — 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.
"This crisis threatens to wipe out production of crops dependent on bees for pollination," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
See entire article:
See also The Bees Who Flew
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