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And then of course you have a plethora of wild plants that play important roles in any ecosystem. Doubtful we could send enough folks to the rain forests to keep them alive and viable. No, bees play an integral role in the web of life, and doubtful we would survive for long without them. Bees are some really busy fuckers, and I have yet to see a human that could work as hard and efficently as the bees. National Geographic had a story several years ago about the neccessity of bees, in food production, as well as non food production plants. What I got from the article was that if suddenly we had no bees, mankind would suffer greatly, and it would bring us to the brink of extinction.
...We've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been to 57 states. I think one left to go. - Barry Obama
A 1/3 reduction in food stock of veggies would be catastrophic to the civilization. If you couldn't feed 1/3 of the population, which 1/3 will that be? It means, famine, social disruption and war.
list of plants pollinated by bees:
crop plants pollinated by bees
Bees are not the only means of pollination for all of these plants. But the bees do ensure we get enough out of a crop to get more crop and feed the teaming masses of humanity.
Using honey bees for fruit pollination > IPM - Crop Advisory Team Alerts - Fruit > MSU Fruit Crop Advisory Team Alert newsletter
Bee Colony Collapse Disorder: Not Caused by GM Foods | RIT Skeptics
North American Bees Are in Even More Trouble After a Bad Winter | Cleveland Leader
We need the bees if we want to have our current modern civilization.
Enough produce for a family can be grown in a large closet, pollinated in about 30 seconds with a q-tip.
"They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Sorry, but I grew up on a farm, and have grown gardens all of my life. No way I could grow enough produce in a closet to feed me and the wife, much less me, the wife and 2 kids.
I have seen some small gardens, but never one the size of a closet that could produce enough food as a large garden can produce. Plus, one has to keep seeds for next years crops. A closet garden might supply seeds for next year, but would not supply food and seeds.
The only grain I ever grew in a garden was corn. A closet would not allow me to grow enough corn, except perhaps for one or two dinners. And if I grew wheat, a closet garden would be ludicrous.
Are you a gardener?
We also have to consider the larger effects on the greater ecosystem. The disappearance of the bees would have effects beyond plants used just for crops, with potentially devastating effects.
Uh, no. Not even close.
Honey and Spoilage
it will however crystalize over time.
it also has antibacterial properties.
For at least 2700 years, honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments through topical application, but only recently have the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey been chemically explained.
Wound gels that contain antibacterial raw honey and have regulatory approval for wound care are now available to help conventional medicine in the battle against drug resistant strains of bacteria MRSA. As an antimicrobial agent honey may have the potential for treating a variety of ailments. One New Zealand researcher says a particular type of honey (Manuka honey) may be useful in treating MRSA infections. Antibacterial properties of honey are the result of the low water activity causing osmosis, hydrogen peroxide effect, high acidity, and the antibacterial activity of methylglyoxal.
Honey appears to be effective in killing drug-resistant biofilms which are implicated in chronic rhinosinusitis
Honey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clearly Obama forced the bees into Socialism and now this is the result.