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Honey Bee Collapse on Vancouver Island

Posted on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 3:05 pm by R.J. Ruppenthal

Farmers on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, are reporting losses of up to 90% in their honey bee colonies. Colony collapse is not a new story by now, but it continues to take twists and turns, devastating agriculture.  So much of our food production system is highly dependent on pollinators and our chemical agriculture is killing the bees and/or dampening their defenses to parasitic pests. Yet another reason to grow some of your own food to address future uncertainty, yet we should all be mindful that a lack of pollinators could doom civilization as we know it. One of my joys in spring is watching honey bees and bumblebees buzzing through the blueberry, plum, and apple blossoms. They're back again this year where I live, but if they don't show up one of these springs, I'll keep my paintbrushes handy for some hand pollinating…

"Deconstructing Dinner" has done a nice job reporting on this and I encourage you to visit the link to access their audio file.



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