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Posted on 12-08-2011

Good morning!

You may have heard or read about a declining honey bee population and thought: Who cares I don't like bees. The problem is without bees we would all go hungry very fast. If the honeybees continue to vanish this could lead to a world wide food shortage.

Most people aren't huge fans of bees, but without them we would go hungry pretty fast. The common honeybee pollinates 130 different crops within the U.S. alone including fruit, vegetables, and tree nuts to name a few. In the November 2011 issue of Food Technologymagazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Contributing Editor and IFT President Roger Clemens and Contributing Editor Peter Pressman write that nearly one-third of the U.S. food supply requires the common honeybee to survive.

An emerging threat to the global food supply is called honeybee colony collapse disorder. Due to different viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, honeybee colonies in different parts of the world are beginning to dissipate. Without honeybee pollination, some crops like almonds, pumpkins, watermelons, and some other melons would disappear completely, (Gallai et al. 2009). In the absence of the honeybee, ingredients like vanilla spice would require manual pollination that takes additional human labor, time and money.

Although there is little you can do yourself other than calling your State and US representatives, I wanted you to be aware of the situation and the importance of these little guys.  By all means let the word be known!

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