Remember all that hubbub about Colony Collapse Disorder? Well, bee losses have slowed (and the issue’s largely vanished from the radar), but “slowed” does not equal “stopped” or “reversed.” Writing in the Daily Beast, Katie Workman notes:
“In 2009, because of the scarcity of bees, the price of a single hive has climbed to about $180 from $60 in 2004. And in 2006, American beekeepers had to import bees for the first time in almost a century. The cost of pollination for farmers now can exceed the cost of fertilizer, water, or labor, and that cost is naturally being passed on to the consumer.”
It’s bad, bad news. On the upside … well, after scanning the story, there doesn’t appear to be an upside. Like most of the stories out there about global warming or the war in Afghanistan, this is a blog post to be read only by the courageous of mind and perky of spirit.