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Sat, 08 Jan 2011

Bees-"Where's the Buzz?"

I contacted Ed Markey, John Kerry and Scott Brown today, January 6, 2011

Some pollen floats through the air helping many plants to reproduce while causing some humans to suffer from allergies.

But, unlike the grasses and plants like ragweed, many very valuable crop plants reproduce with pollen which is heavy. Heavy pollen cannot float from plant to plant (and doesn't cause your sneezes).

bee image by Sal Petruzelli-Marino on Flikr http://www.flickr.com/photos/wondermonkey2k/3909518959/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Photo: Sal Petruzelli-Marino

Heavy pollen needs to be carried between flowers so plants like beans, peas, carrots, apples, pears, grapes among many others, can reproduce. Children probably wouldn't mind if vegetables were almost impossible to buy, but most do like fruit, not to mention loving honey as much as Christopher Robin's pal, Pooh the bear.

Adults need to avoid being childish and take serious steps to support all possible studies which may find a way to stop the decline of bees.

Please track the science behind the current striking decline of bees, 96% of some species are gone.

Please, especially track impacts of insecticides whose impact may be going beyond intended targets.

"Where's the buzz?" may be today's "Silent Spring" and needs serious attention and effective action, both scientific and legislative as appropriate.

Please contact your legislators to remind them how much science needs to be done to find the causes of bee colony failures and to develop ways to solve this critical issue.



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