Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Honeybee Population

Bee on aster
Bee on aster (Photo credit: nutmeg66)
With decline of the honeybee population and the threat of rising food prices left in the wake of their extinction, how will you be affected but more importantly how will your children be affected.

In 1907 a report from the New York State Department of Agriculture discussed experiments that indicated many crops were dependent on bees for productive pollination, e.g., apple, cherry, pear, strawberry, raspberry, red clover, white clover, melon, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber. In a typical experiment researchers placed netting around some branches of an apple tree to exclude bees and then determined that the number of blossoms was dramatically reduced.

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English: Albert Einstein Fran├žais : portrait d'Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Remove the bee from the earth and at the same stroke you remove at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive.”
Albert Einstein (Canadian Bee Journal – 1941)

The bee has a wider range of utility and is, in reality, one of the main keystones of agriculture. One of the most celebrated naturalists the world has ever produced once declared this: Suppress the bee from the earth, and by so doing you will suppress at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive. Remember that the milk and cattle industry are largely dependent on the bee for the fertilization of the clovers.

How many crops of different fruits are dependent on the bee for success? The bee is one of the main links of that wonderful chain forged by nature, and wherever that link is broken, there is bound to be trouble somewhere.

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