Did Einstein foresee this?

The price of gas is rising. So are the costs of dairy products due to the increased demand for corn, now used in making ethanol. The impact of these costs on our lives my soon pale in comparison to the threat posed by another dwindling resource; one that few people seem to be talking about.

Bees are disappearing. It’s estimated that one-third of all bees in the U.S. have already disappeared. One beekeeper in California lost 300 million bees in one season. They simply disappeared. This isn’t just a problem in the land of fruits and nuts; it’s in South Dakota, New York, Germany, everywhere.

I didn’t really understand the importance of bees until I read this article:


I thought bees just made honey and wax. In the process of doing that, they are so critical to fruit and vegetable growing – by spreading pollen – that farmers actually pay apiarists to place beehives on their land. Active hives are transported by truck to agricultural regions across the country. Billions of bees are brought just to California when that state’s almond trees blossom.

Why are bees disappearing? Experts say it could be a combination of factors (Boy, there’s a definitive statement!): pesticides that disorient bees so they can’t find their way back to the hive; an inadequate food supply; a new virus that targets bees’ immune systems. There’s also evidence to suggest that cell phones and other airborne communications waves are disorienting bees.

Albert Einstein said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

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