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Honey bee crisis could lead to higher food prices
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WASHINGTON - Food prices could rise even more unless the mysterious decline in honey bees is solved, farmers and businessmen told lawmakers Thursday.

"No bees, no crops," North Carolina grower Robert D. Edwards told a House Agriculture subcommittee. Edwards said he had to cut his cucumber acreage in half because of the lack of bees available to rent.

About three-quarters of flowering plants rely on birds, bees and other pollinators to help them reproduce. Bee pollination is essential is responsible for $15 billion annually in crop value.

In 2006, beekeepers began reporting losing 30 percent to 90 percent of their hives. This phenomenon has become known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Scientists do not know how many bees have died; beekeepers have lost 36 percent of their managed colonies this year. It was 31 percent for 2007, said Edward B. Knipling, administrator of the Agriculture Department's Agricultural Research Service.

"If there are no bees, there is no way for our nation's farmers to continue to grow the high quality, nutritious foods our country relies on," said Democratic Rep. Dennis Cardoza of California, chairman of the horticulture and organic agriculture panel. "This is a crisis we cannot afford to ignore."

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  - Honey bee crisis could lead to higher food prices DogPoundPup  Jun-26-08 04:34 PM   #0 
  - JesusGawd When Will The Bad News Stop?  Binka   Jun-26-08 04:45 PM   #1 
  - I wish I were only weary. I have moved on to truly frightened.  kestrel91316   Jun-26-08 05:38 PM   #11 
  - Between THIS, and Transportation costs headed up  Phred42   Jun-26-08 04:58 PM   #2 
  - "That's our plan. Smirk." - Commander AWOL & McSame & Republicon cronies  SpiralHawk   Jun-26-08 05:04 PM   #4 
  - Free clue: check the corporate Genetically Mutant crapola being spewed every which  SpiralHawk   Jun-26-08 04:59 PM   #3 
  - einstein said,  babydollhead   Jun-26-08 05:04 PM   #5 
  - Prove it  iamjoy   Jun-26-08 05:45 PM   #13 
  - As Einstein famously said...  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-26-08 05:48 PM   #14 
  - Why do you think it has been misattributed? Do you have some other  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Jun-26-08 05:51 PM   #16 
     - Nope, That Doesn't Mean It's Einstein  iamjoy   Jun-26-08 10:43 PM   #30 
  - If Einstein did say that he didn't know much about pollination.  yellowcanine   Jul-11-08 11:32 AM   #37 
  - to paraphrase Einstein  northernlights   Jun-26-08 05:08 PM   #6 
  - Theauthorities must think the bees are no better than their own fellow, US  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Jun-26-08 05:58 PM   #20 
  - I took a bee class last Sunday  BanzaiBonnie   Jun-26-08 06:06 PM   # 
  - Listen to the bees  JoFerret   Jun-26-08 08:54 PM   #27 
  - Here in north Texas it's too late-  winston61   Jul-12-08 07:28 AM   #41 
     - It is my understanding that wild bees are fine  The Croquist   Jul-13-08 02:29 PM   #48 
  - Here's a part of the answer and an explanation of the problem  JoFerret   Jun-26-08 05:16 PM   #7 
  - Bees know about bees  BanzaiBonnie   Jun-26-08 05:55 PM   #18 
     - He sounds like a great young person  JoFerret   Jun-26-08 06:06 PM   #22 
  - I have seen one bee this year. I usually have to keep an eye out  MasonJar   Jun-26-08 05:19 PM   #8 
  - Plant forage for the bees  JoFerret   Jun-26-08 05:34 PM   #9 
  - The only bees I've seen this year are bumblebees  thecrow   Jun-26-08 06:09 PM   #23 
  - bumblebees are native to north america, "honeybees" are introduced  pitohui   Jun-26-08 07:32 PM   #26 
  - I had tons of honeybees on my crepe myrtles this spring. (Maryland)  yellowcanine   Jul-11-08 11:34 AM   #38 
  - I have been video documenting this world wide disaster  lovuian   Jun-26-08 06:28 PM   #25 
  - No shit, Sherlock.  kestrel91316   Jun-26-08 05:38 PM   #10 
  - I didn't realize it was still a mystery  flashsmith   Jun-26-08 05:40 PM   #12 
  - CCD does not have a single cause.  yellowcanine   Jul-11-08 11:45 AM   #39 
  - On strike!  wiboy   Jun-26-08 05:51 PM   #15 
  - As Kurt Vonnegut said...  brentspeak   Jun-26-08 05:52 PM   #17 
  - The Missing Bees Have Been Found!  AndyTiedye   Jun-26-08 05:57 PM   #19 
  - Mmmmm. honey oozing from a wall...nt  Javaman   Jul-11-08 10:13 AM   #32 
  - Congress continues to do nothing when we know that  lovuian   Jun-26-08 05:58 PM   #21 
  - Anything "could" be the reason...  WriteDown   Jul-11-08 10:32 AM   #34 
  - Conflicting Story: Early Buzz Is That Honeybees May Be Returning  Purveyor   Jun-26-08 06:17 PM   #24 
  - No bees = no food  mdmc   Jun-26-08 09:00 PM   #28 
  - What was that again about how we need pesticides, herbicides  hedgehog   Jun-26-08 09:07 PM   #29 
  - I hope that the House and Senate  NewEnglandGirl   Jun-26-08 10:49 PM   #31 
  - Not just bees--all the pollinators are in alarming decline  librechik   Jul-11-08 10:27 AM   #33 
  - Bayer makes pesticides that are suspected to be the cause of massive bee death.  quantessd   Jul-11-08 10:34 AM   #35 
  - Actually it may not be as bad as that.  yellowcanine   Jul-11-08 11:21 AM   #36 
  - So, you don't think pesticides are to blame?  quantessd   Jul-12-08 06:03 AM   #40 
  - Bees were not "taken for granted" 10 years ago. Where are you getting that info?  yellowcanine   Jul-12-08 08:50 PM   #42 
     - From all I've read I agree  NewEnglandGirl   Jul-12-08 09:11 PM   #43 
  - WHAT, you want to KILL modern MONO-CULTURE???  happyslug   Jul-13-08 12:11 AM   #44 
     - So - where to start? n/t  JoFerret   Jul-13-08 01:41 PM   #46 
        - Plant a garden, buy 50 acres and raise some crops.  happyslug   Jul-13-08 10:26 PM   #49 
           - Buy 50 acres?  Psephos   Jul-14-08 03:16 PM   #52 
  - Oh shit, peak honey.  EvilAL   Jul-13-08 12:27 AM   #45 
  - LOL  WriteDown   Jul-13-08 02:26 PM   #47 
  - "COULD"  jeffrey_X   Jul-14-08 08:22 AM   #50 
  - The "news" is relentlessly shaped and sorted to do one thing: stimulate emotion  Psephos   Jul-14-08 03:27 PM   #53 
  - I thought they speculated that  cstanleytech   Jul-14-08 08:55 AM   #51 

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