Sunday, February 25, 2007

If nuclear winter, global warming, or a terrorist strike don't get us

We're going to run out of food.
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KALAMAZOO, Mich., Feb. 25 Michigan's $350 million fruit industry is in peril after the recent death of countless honeybees from what is called Colony Collapse Disorder.

Michigan Department of Agriculture official Mike Hansen told the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette that with honeybees dying at an alarming rate in 22 U.S. states the 2007 fruit harvest is at risk.

Michigan has about 125 crops, and 60 to 65 of those are dependent on honeybee pollination, the state beekeeper said. With reported losses of bees reaching up to 90 percent in some states, scientists have found no cure for what they labeled Colony Collapse Disorder.

Update: But then again, maybe the bees are just pissed off:

Fort Pierce, FL (AHN) - Angry bees forced a Florida middle school to shut down for over three hours after a man operating a bulldozer nearby hit a hive of Africanized honey bees. After being chased by the bees for several hundred yards, the man was stung several times but was not seriously injured.

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