Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bee Virus Could Wipe Out Mankind, Warn Scientists

I know- the title is a bit incredible and hard to believe!

So the gist of the article is that this bee virus, which is killing "a billion bees" is triggering a huge environmental change that can result in a greater threat than climate change. The thinking is that since bees are extremely important in pollinating crops, more than a third of the world's crops would be killed off. Food plants like onions, cabbage, almonds, apples, soya beans, berries and nuts are susceptible. Moreover, plants important to the clothing industry like cotton and flax are also at risk.

Best quote in the article- "If bees disappear, mankind will not have much time left."

Gave me a new perspective on human-bee interactions

Have a great afternoon all,

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