We’re On Brink of Biological Disaster

May 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
I’m getting worried. No @#$.

clipped from www.commondreams.org

Fears for Crops as Shock Figures From America Show Scale of Bee Catastrophe

The world may be on the brink of biological disaster after news that a third of US bee colonies did not survive the winter

Bernard Vallat, the World Organisation for Animal Health’s director-general, warned: “Bees contribute to global food security, and their extinction would represent a terrible biological disaster.” (photo by Flickr user Steve Punter)

WHY BEES MATTER

In the UK alone, honeybee pollination is valued at £200m. Mankind has been managing and transporting bees for centuries to pollinate food and produce honey, nature’s natural sweetener and antiseptic. Their extinction would mean not only a colourless, meatless diet of cereals and rice, and cottonless clothes, but a landscape without orchards, allotments and meadows of wildflowers – and the collapse of the food chain that sustains wild birds and animals.

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