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Honeybee deaths reaching crisis point threatening fruit and vegetable pollination | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Britain's honeybees have suffered catastrophic losses this year, according to a survey of the nation's beekeepers, contributing to a shortage of honey and putting at risk the pollination of fruits and vegetables.

The survey by the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) revealed that nearly one in three of the UK's 240,000 honeybee hives did not survive this winter and spring.

The losses are higher than the one in five colonies reported dead earlier this year by the government after 10% of hives had been inspected.

The BBKA president, Tim Lovett, said he was very concerned about the findings: "Average winter bee losses due to poor weather and disease vary from between 5% and 10%, so a 30% loss is deeply worrying. This spells serious trouble for pollination services and honey producers."

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:58:47 PM EST
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"honeybees have suffered catastrophic losses this year"

This is how we will die. By "accidently" taking out the lower levels of the pyramid of life, we are killing ourselves...

by asdf on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 11:01:34 PM EST
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