posted on May, 10 2011 @ 11:26 PM
Originally posted by FraternitasSaturni
But we're kinda lacking on bees...
It's a bit of a hyped phenomena.
The colonies that have been hit hardest by colony-collapse-syndrome are of the "rental" variety. Bees are trucked around the country to farms to
pollinate them. If you're a bee farmer - it's where the big bucks are. Of course, anyone can imagine that trucking bees around and having them
interact with thousands of other colonies over thousands of cumulative square miles is going to take its toll.
Most farmers who keep bees locally have not had many, if any problems with colony collapse syndrome.
The real problem is that locally raised bees and bee farms cannot realistically provide the 'pollination power' to keep pace with agricultural
demand. As such - we will see increased food prices as yields drop.
The problem (and desire to find a solution) is more industrially related, as we need to ... 'manufacture' a bee that is agreeable to the demands we
place upon rental colonies.
That said - honey is a rather interesting product (as are many things derived from bees). It's a survivalist's food, for certain. It stores/keeps
well, has a rather high caloric content, makes a number of other foods more palatable, and is a very effective antiseptic that keeps skin moist and
has a number of nutrients cells can use for tissue repair.
Though I am not sure what, exactly, is different about honeys made from different nectars (or how one would go about controlling/determining what bees
have really been using to make their honey).
I do know that spun clover honey makes some damned fine spread on a piece of toast, though.