The Set-Up For Higher Food Prices

Posted By on April 29, 2010

No bats and no bees means an increase in food prices, plain and simple!

Honeybee-Colony Losses Widened Last Winter, USDA Says 

Dwindling phosphorus supply, and important component of fertilizers, and decline bee populations suggest higher food prices.

Managed colonies lost to all causes reached 33.8 of the total, compared with 29 percent a year earlier and 35.8 percent during the winter of 2007-2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today. About 28 percent of surveyed beekeepers reported losing hives without any evidence of dead bees, a sign of Colony Collapse Disorder, compared with 26 percent the previous year and 32 percent the year before that.

“It’s unsustainable, said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America, which helped conduct the USDA survey. It’s a pretty big loss for beekeepers to absorb, and they can’t keep doing that.

Bees are essential for the health of pollinator-dependent crops such as almonds and blueberries.

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