By Sandy Bauers
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb. 7, 2007 07:41 AM
PHILADELPHIA - Something is killing the nation's honeybees.
Dave Hackenberg had 3,000 hives and figures he has lost all but about 800 of them.
In labs across the nation, researchers have been stunned by the number of calls about the mysterious losses.
"Every day, you hear of another operator," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, acting state apiarist with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. "It's just causing so much death so quickly that it's startling."
At stake is the work the honeybees do, pollinating more than $15 billion worth of U.S. crops, including Pennsylvania's apple harvest, the fourth-largest in the nation, worth $45 million, and New Jersey's cranberries and blueberries.
Apparently this has been posted in many papers around the nation... in addition, an article last year had reported a similar phenomenon in the midwest and linked it to Genetically-Modified-Organisms crops I believe.
If you eat honey, you may want to stock up...
Is this foreshadowing of an impending world wide massive crop failure?