Sunday, April 19, 2009
Mysterious Bee Disappearance Could Disrupt U.S. Agriculture
Up to a quarter of the nation's commercially raised honeybees have disappeared, befuddling scientists and stirring fears that the country's crops could go unpollinated.
Contrary to the homespun image of rural beekeepers and cottage idylls, honeybees in the U.S. are raised on an industrial scale and used to pollinate crops in areas where monoculture planting and pesticide use have killed off indigenous pollinators
The Painting is by Henri Rousseau