Bee decline threatens our dinner and the countryside It will mean the end of the human race.
What will you do to help recover the present situation?
Plant more flowers, ban pesticides, hope it doesn't happen or live it up and spend up on a lavish tomb (remember there will be no visitors)or live as normal.
Of course, I was forgetting the good old faith industry, they will have a field day, tickets to heaven will be at a premium.
There are so many things one could do to in that last four years. Tell me what will you do, remember murdering someone would be a waste of time.
COME ON TELL ME, Vest.
BEES are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. This could not only have a devastating impact on our food supplies, but could also turn our brightly-coloured meadows into grey hinterlands.
Threatened: More and more bees are disappearing
"This year, right now, it feels very bleak," said a conservation researcher at the University of Stirling and co-founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. He was talking about the serious decline in bees over recent years, which is now coming to a head, what with large and unprecedented losses of bees in Europe, the US and other parts of the world.
"It's urgent and we need to do something about it now," he continued. "But all too often people notice the importance of something when it's not there - when it's too late."
I'd been sitting outside on my homemade garden bench having an early lunch, bees buzzing merrily all around me. What with its long grasses and wildflowers my garden is something of a haven for bees and other insects.
If I'm honest they benefit from my laziness. I rarely mow the lawns and allow weeds and whatever seeds the birds and breeze bring in to grow as nature intended - with wild abandon.
But as he told me about the plight of our bees I realised with a shudder that many of the things we take for granted - the colourful blazes of wildflowers in our meadows, even much of the food on our plates - would not be around if it wasn't for them.
It's easy to forget that bees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the flowering crops we rely on for food. Among them: apples, nuts, pears, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, tomatoes, sunflowers and cucumbers. Along with citrus fruit, peaches, kiwis, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and melons.
Crops like oilseed rape (increasingly used in biofuels), alfalfa, peas, runner beans and broadbeans also rely on visits by bees and other pollinating insects to improve the quality and quantity of fruits and seeds produced.
It's hard to believe that one small creature can be so important to our food supply. But as Brian Latham, chair of the Leeds Beekeepers Association, points out: we've become almost terminally disconnected from the natural world we live in and how it feeds us.
"We get our food from supermarkets and think little more about it," he says. "Very few of us are as aware as our grandparents were of the connection between what's on our dinner plates and the intricate workings of nature."
Albert Einstein was well aware of this connection. When it came to bees, he put it in no uncertain terms: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."
Chillingly, more and more bees are disappearing off the face of the Earth. In some areas of the UK honeybee numbers have dropped by as much as 80 per cent, while bumblebees across the country have declined by 60 per cent since 1970.
In both cases this is largely due to loss of wild habitats, intensive farming and overuse of pesticides and herbicides. The simple truth is that bees need flowers, and there are very few flowers to be found in the farmed countryside these days.
In the USA, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) - where whole colonies disappear or die - has caused a devastating loss of honeybees. Since it broke out last autumn, declines of between 30 per cent and 90 per cent of honeybee populations in at least 27 states have been recorded. There have also been reports of CCD in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.
One beekeeper in London found over half of his hives mysteriously abandoned, leading many to speculate that CCD has broken out here. But the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is adamant it is not occurring in Britain.
Echoing the concerns of beekeepers across the country, Tim Lovett, chairman of the British Beekeepers Association, warns that it would be "foolhardy in the extreme" for the government to ignore the possible emergence of CCD in Britain.
I dun wanna die, well do something practical to resolve this problem or you certainly will. Vest Daily Gaggle.
Saturday, 4 August 2007
Will this ongoing Bumble bee our demise on earth. A Stinging report says' "Humans have four years to live".
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Hmm ... have read elsewhere that mobile phones emit a signal that interferes with bees homing signals and they can't find their way back to their nests too. Don't know if it's true ... just one of the theories being bandied about. Very sad though. It just doesn't seem like summer without them buzzing about their biz.
I've no idea what anyone can do about it!
They look cute in cartoons, but I am not really a fan of the bee.
MY LAST 4 YEARS:
Year 1: marry the girl i have flipped for
Year 2 - 3: Make up for lost time
Year 4: beg forgiveness from my wife and Jesus
being a vegan I am finding i'm being stung recently with high veg prices due to the rain and floods and now the Bees are stinging us vegans too:((((
Excellent points. The decline of bees rather makes my heart skip a beat.
It does help to go out and stare at my buzzing front garden, though.
Only a bit.
Im scared of buzzing bees! :(
I am not really afraid of bees having been brought in close contact with bee hives on the family small holding when I was a child, bees only sting when threatened, although my last encounter while in Sri lanka was caused by a local boy throwing a stick at flying foxes in a tree where a swarm of bees had settled, I must have run a half mile before they gave up chasing me while waving a piece of bush to ward them off, I spent some time picking out the many stings from my woolly jumper.
My first encounter was more sinister.
Aggie, Amy & Jdsrose will have read this. however here it is again for Jocelyn & Keshi's benefit.
11 Monolith Road, Charlham
The summer of 1933 taught me so much that it’s difficult to recall everything, but there is one incident I remember quite well. While walking home from school one day, I saw a local boy throw an object at a swarm of bees in a tree by the brook. The bees then proceeded to attack me. They delivered their stings and then died. The Rev. Brewer, who had recently baptised Christopher and me at St. Mark’s church, was walking nearby at the time. He made no move to help me but instead put up his umbrella and hurried away. Thankfully, two women who lived in nearby cottages rescued me. I screamed with pain as they put me into a bath of water and dabbed the stings with Blue Drummer Boy wash whitener. I arrived home later looking like a junior; ancient Druid priest. The Rev Brewer became unpopular and some of the village people, quoting the Good Samaritan, boycotted the church and went to the local chapel for a few weeks.
Being only seven years old at the time, those stings may have given me an immunity for life.
Thank you all for your comments.
OMG Vesty that must hv been so very frightening! and that too in SL :)
whats withe PAKIS?
i heard India is on the hit list of Al Qaida bcoz of our deal with USA
we have gott inteligence reports that they are going to poison our drinikng water
and August 15 Independence Day is when its going to happen
Can i sleep on the couch?
Bangalore girl dupes ICICI, Citibank of Rs 64 lakh
Tuesday August 7, 10:23 PM
Bangalore: She's 27 years old, an SSLC-pass Bangalorean, who's just succeeded in cheating two top private banks.
Hemalatha V also has four PAN cards, 13 identities, 14 credit and debit cards, seven appointment letters from IT giant Wipro and passbooks of 14 different accounts in banks like ING Vysya and HDFC.
However, these numbers are nothing compared to the amount Hemalatha's amassed.
Says DCP (Central), B N S Reddy, "She's defrauded two banks -- ICICI and Citibank -- for over one year of Rs 64 lakh. A person called Suresh assisted her, though he is absconding now."
Hemalatha ran a paying guest facility and took the photographs of people who stayed with her. She created driving licenses, and visiting cards, cheated bank agents and just made money.
"The Bangalore Central Police has booked her under Section 420 - cheating, forgery, impersonation. We have seized printers, scanners, passbooks, checkbooks, used and unused documents. We have also frozen her bank accounts," says Reddy.
One may have often heard stories of banks taking customers for a ride with hidden costs but on Tuesday, Bangalore saw a 20-something woman turn the tables.
She took many top private banks for a ride - all because she knew they verified documents through private agents and not through their own officials.
Keshi: thanks for the return call X.
Anon, Jim or Saby.
How on earth can the paki's poison your water, isn't the 'Ganges' poisoned already with dead bodies, junk, washing water & sewage.
60 years of independence; and it still remains the same as in 47.
Another thing , what has this to do with BEES?. I can imagine a bee flying over your garden - Farting instead of buzzing.
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