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
But it's not just the higher-end, natural food stores that stand to lose. If things get bad enough, we could see a trickle-down effect everywhere from Hershey
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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