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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.
Originally posted by sardion2000
Bit behind on the times eh?
Return of the Honey Bees!
Originally posted by BlueTriangle
Last year I didn't see any, this year I have already had to remove two nests...
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
this is in large part the fault of Bayer Cropsciences inc.
Originally posted by tezzajw
Hives, man. Bees have hives.
Sorry, I couldn't help myself. It reminds me of a scene in the movie Aliens, maybe you know it.