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The Disastrous Consequences of Europe's Huge Bee Deficit

 
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andy pearce
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: The Disastrous Consequences of Europe's Huge Bee Deficit Reply with quote

This article from 'the Atlantic Cities' opens with...
'....The great bee die-off in the U.S. and Europe has been known about for a while. A shortage of honeybees, it's feared, threatens various crops that depend on them as pollinators. But now some research has put numbers on just how bad the bee deficit is in Europe. And the numbers are alarming, to say the least.....'

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2014/01/disastrous-consequences-europes-huge-bee-deficit/8079/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No surprise that industrial farming and loss of pollen/nectar sources throughout the relevant parts of the year is to blame.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every scrap of public land should be sown with wild flower meadows and/or planted up with flowering shrubs/trees. No more stupid mowing of public grass areas several times per year. A watering hole/pond/patch should be guaranteed every square mile if there are no other natural sources in range. It wouldn't need to be more than a few meter’s in diameter and should come from the mains so that it has some degree of flow and doesn't get stagnant.

That would all be a start.
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