Bees have been getting sick and dying. I watched it tonight on the CBS show 60 minutes. I had viewed the show when it originally aired in 2007 and was fascinated by the story. Tonight it was on again, interwoven into a blended show. I was hoping the story would provide more insight. It was the original story with a tidbit of information strapped onto the end by correspondent Steve Kroft, basically stating that the bees are still sick and with scientific investigations ongoing. That doesn't bode well for us.
Colony Collapse Disorder, just a fancy way of saying the bees are sick and dying by the masses is currently believed to be caused by a virus. Studies are being done by infecting more bees with the virus to see if it's the culprit. The virus has been known to be in the bee culture, but as of late had not been overtaking the colonies. The immune systems are suggested to be suppressed by external stressors like environment, pesticides, bee nutrition, parasitic mites and travel.
Travel(?)... not in the bee flying sense, rather the transportation of the bees to farms that are in need of their pollination services. Mr. Kroft interviewed a man that raises and transports bees nationally. I never thought that we needed such a service. But apparently it is a huge business and much required to feed us, all of us. This is just another reason to THINK GREEN.
Food prices are going up ya'll. Plan your shopping trips to save on gas.