Make that the honeybee effect, or lack thereof. An interesting article from U.S. News and World Report (based on work from the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium) documents a dramatic and mysterious collapse in honey bee colonies.
"So what?" you ask? You might not question for long -- not if you buy almonds or any of the myriad other bee-pollinated products that line the shelves at Whole Foods Markets (Nasdaq: WFMI ) . Fewer bees means higher prices for pollination, and the buck will be passed.
Honey bee pollination is a large but largely unappreciated process that involves 90 food crops and contributes to an estimated $15 billion a year worth of food biz. Here's hoping entomologists can figure out the problem and bring back the buzz.
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