• Something else for Europe to worry about: the disastrous consequences of a huge bee deficit
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[QUOTE] [t]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Carnica_bee_on_solidago.jpg[/t] The great bee die-off in the US and Europe has been known about for a while. A shortage of honeybees, it’s feared, threatens various crops that depend on them as pollinators. But now some research has put numbers on just how bad the bee deficit is in Europe. And the numbers are alarming, to say the least. In the study of 41 countries, published yesterday, researchers found that between 2005 and 2010, demand for so-called “pollinator services” grew nearly five times faster than the supply of bees. In the UK, researchers estimate that there are now only enough beehives to meet a quarter of demand. Through a broad swath of Europe, they can meet only 25% to 50%. Overall, almost half the countries studied had bee deficits. “We face a catastrophe in future years unless we act now,” researcher Simon Potts of the University of Reading in the UK, told The Guardian.[/QUOTE] [url]http://qz.com/165310/something-else-for-europe-to-worry-about-the-disastrous-consequences-of-a-huge-bee-deficit/[/url]
good thing you can order bees by the pound on the web
That's fine, we'll import them from China like everything else.
If the Chinese have to hire people for pollination, you know that it is going the hard way.
More people need to cultivate bees as a hobby or side-business. My grandpa used to do it and after that my dad, too, but stopped when there was nobody to watch over the property all time anymore. Bees are pretty awesome and you get honey on top of everything.
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;43476918]More people need to cultivate bees as a hobby or side-business. My grandpa used to do it and after that my dad, too, but stopped when there was nobody to watch over the property all time anymore. Bees are pretty awesome and you get honey on top of everything.[/QUOTE] That you could sell it or make honey biscuits.
Looks like we're approaching the Medusa Cascade.
[QUOTE=UberMensch;43476892]That's fine, we'll import them from China like everything else.[/QUOTE] I say instead of increasing our debt to china, we print some more be... oh
We should make robot bees. It's the only logical and economically feasible option
[QUOTE=Laserbeams;43477019]We should make robot bees. It's the only logical and economically feasible option[/QUOTE] Sounds like the plot of an apocalyptic 80s B-movie
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;43476918]More people need to cultivate bees as a hobby or side-business. My grandpa used to do it and after that my dad, too, but stopped when there was nobody to watch over the property all time anymore. Bees are pretty awesome and you get honey on top of everything.[/QUOTE] And shittons of stings, gotta have a pretty high pain tolerance for being a beekeeper, even with the protective gear they can still sting.
we should start a sexual informative program for bees called "fuck the queen". Information as always been the way.
[QUOTE=Fatfatfatty;43477156]And shittons of stings, gotta have a pretty high pain tolerance for being a beekeeper, even with the protective gear they can still sting.[/QUOTE] You wont get stung unless you intentionally fuck with them, my friends have a couple hives and they just smoke up em, open it up and do their business, they rarely get stung unless they accidentally smash one.
[QUOTE=Fatfatfatty;43477156]And shittons of stings, gotta have a pretty high pain tolerance for being a beekeeper, even with the protective gear they can still sting.[/QUOTE] My dad did bee-keeping while being actually somewhat allergic to it. Not call-the-ambulance-I-can't-breathe level but every sting still caused pretty huge swelling, and he still did it. I got stung by bees quite a few times and thing is that you kinda get used to it. As long as you can get some slack and stop whatever you were doing and ice the spot, it's not all that terrible, and it's apparently healthy for you, supposedly boosting immune system as well as helping against arthritis or whatshit.
My mum keeps bees, which is great because it means free honey.
Are there any laws or regulations for keeping bees? do they do well in the nroth midwest(illinois)? I am actually very interested in starting some hives.
[QUOTE=frozensoda;43478573]Are there any laws or regulations for keeping bees? do they do well in the nroth midwest(illinois)? I am actually very interested in starting some hives.[/QUOTE] Probably not much more than there are for just starting a small farm. Need to be more careful with beehives than with a farm, but it falls under farming so it's not super regulated. My uncle used to have a bunch of hives, they aren't all that hard to care for, since they do most of the work themselves.
bees are literally so cool they just fly around and bump into things and pollinate plants
Well, the EU gives money for agricultural projects. So this all depends on the farmers or each country's government.
[QUOTE=Laserbeams;43477019]We should make robot bees. It's the only logical and economically feasible option[/QUOTE] I think I remember hearing someone was working on one.
[QUOTE=OvB;43479074]I think I remember hearing someone was working on one.[/QUOTE] Here it is [IMG]http://www.focuseducational.com/images/user/fullsize/bee-bot.gif[/IMG]
[img]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l189/Simski_2006/drbees_zps01e591d4.png[/img]
I bet it's the goddamn Thieves Guild again
There's some people who bought some of the land across the road from my house and set up some bee hives. We only really found out that they had done that once a few metric butt-tons of bees suddenly appeared around my yard, clouding up a fountain and ceaselessly molesting every square inch of plant life.
[QUOTE=A B.A. Survivor;43479531]There's some people who bought some of the land across the road from my house and set up some bee hives. We only really found out that they had done that once a few metric butt-tons of bees suddenly appeared around my yard, clouding up a fountain and ceaselessly molesting every square inch of plant life.[/QUOTE] That sounds like swarming activity, which is bad news for whoever owns that hive.
Does that mean stocking up on honey is a wise investment?
[QUOTE=RAG Frag;43479871]Does that mean stocking up on honey is a wise investment?[/QUOTE] It's liquid gold
[QUOTE=Awesomecaek;43476918]Bees are pretty awesome and you get honey on top of everything.[/QUOTE] Sounds messy.
[QUOTE=Lethaxx;43482355]Sounds messy.[/QUOTE] Or kinky, depending on what gives you a buzz.
I'm allergic to bees :(
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