Interesting piece by Scott Thill in AlterNet about Colony Collapse Disorder
, as experts have taken to calling the widespread honeybee die-off. Thill turns to entomologist Dewey Caron for answers and, for the most part, winds up with a lot of 'maybes' and 'don't knows.' Which is to say, we need to get serious about investigating this thing. Two quotes worth highlighting, methinks:
"The honeybee is so important for pollination of hundreds of agricultural crops, because humans have made it so," Caron explained. "We destroyed the natural pollinators, plowed up the area they needed to live and continued to replace their habitats with strip malls and housing developments. So, farmers have come to rely on honeybees because of mushrooming human populations and our own destructive habits to the natural ecology."
"Twelve cats died from tainted foodstuffs and six vets at Cornell University alone were studying the losses. Meanwhile, we have a few dedicated pathologists and bee experts on this issue. What is wrong with this picture? Twelve cats or the loss of one-fourth of America's bee colonies? Not to say the cat deaths didn't need to be investigated, but the resources we are prepared to pour into that issue versus the disappearance of our honeybees is what is out of whack."