Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Latest Research: Affects of Monoculture on Bees

Usually I write the story but since this one is already posted on-line I thought it'd be more effective to bring it to your attention and link to it.

The article on the BBC News, UK web site talks about how scientists are discovering that bees' immune systems don't do well when they forage from just a single pollen source. They need diversity.

It makes sense. We know that our health is usually better when we consume a variety of foods - it's part of good nutrition.

Anyway, here's the article.

What are your impressions? In North America especially we've gone monoculture crazy.... Can you imagine what it would take for us to switch and diversify?

In my area, southwestern Ontario, most farmers are sowing corn to make ethanol and bees don't forage that corn - so all those fields that used to have other types of pollen plants are now put to corn.
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