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Not sure if this is the right forum, since it does kind of talk about the potential effect of the loss of billions of honeybees on food production. Estimates in America are that bees pollinate 30% of total crop production. And they're disappearing.

Anyone who saw 60 minutes last week, or has read about this in journals?

I have been of the impression that we are living in a particularly lucky period of time, where we have the chance to join a forum group such as Cheftalk, and talk about the myriad of foods and recipes and all.

Yet, even in our world of today, there are whole nations that barely thrive on the barest essentials of food.

But historically, famine has wiped out millions of people from time to time in various places around the world. Just look at the encroachment of the Sahara in North Africa. How fast is it expanding? I can't remember off hand.

So, the conclusion is, we should rejoice over the bounty that we have to experiment with, the huge selections of produce, stuff we've never heard of before (like maggot cheese).

Someday, and that day may be soon, the world will look like the opening scenes of "Road Warrior", when the "machines ground to a halt, and the leaders talked and talked, but nothing could stem the tide that was to follow"
(paraphrased as best I can remember).

Followed by scenes of worldwide rioting, death, and looting. Each person scrambling for that last morsel of sustenance.

Kind of scary to think about, even scarier than it being Halloween season.

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We were not really beekeepers growing up, but, did have 4 or 5 hives for
personal consumption....the whole bee situation is pretty scary....most people don't realize how much farmers depend on them for pollination....
They older people I know have said this has happened before, but, not to
this extent....some beekeepers in the SouthEast have lost 60% to 70% of their bees. Its been going on for about 2 years now....with no clear answers or solution....Some think it may be the end result of creating large populations of domesticated bees......I for one, don't know......definitely something to keep your eye on though.....
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Hi deltadoc,

I haven't seen the 60 minutes piece but I try to read as much I can on the subject only because, as you pointed out, it is a cause for concern.

The phenomenon seems to be localized in certain countries and not in others which seems to point towards an environmental influence rather then a disease. Australia is the largest exporter of bees to the US and they do not have any or little beehive collapse which seems to rule out disease. Things that have been suggested are GM crops and pesticides that are banned in countries that do not have this problem. Colony stress seems to be another factor. Since the US has 12 month food pollination requirements, bees are ask to do a lot of traveling and working.

Canada doesn't seem affected as much (yet maybe).

It is very important that this problem be understood and quickly.

The latest Bee Movie launch kind of adds an ironic twist to the bees demise.

Luc H.
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