Saturday, December 7, 2013

Could Bees Destroy Life as We Know It? (hint: they aren"t the real threat--we are)

Most people that I know don"t really like bees (not even the bright, fluffy kind that make honey). Generally speaking, people think that bees are okay *in theory.* However, as soon as someone sees one *in reality,* they start screaming and running and trying to squish them with their shoe.

Admittedly, getting stung by and bee is not the most pleasant thing in the world, but bees are hardly the terrors that they are made out to be. In fact, bees are absolutely necessary to our survival. According to a Cornell University study, the value of honey bee pollination to U.S. agriculture is more than $14 billion annually. There are a number of crops that rely on honey bees -- crops from nuts to vegetables and as diverse as alfalfa, apple, cantaloupe, cranberry, pumpkin, and sunflower all require pollinating by honey bees. And of course, it"s more than just the money. If we want to be able to actually eat any of these items, bees are pretty much a necessity (and I didn"t even mention the honey, which we wouldn"t have without bees).

Find out how necessary they are at:

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