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    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Colony Colllapse Disorder

    [...]

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly one third of what we eat comes from insect-pollinated plants, and honey bees do about 80 percent of that.

    "There are other pollinator insects but they face the same kind of problems as the honey bee, so you're looking at a loss of a significant amount of food available to the nation," said Clark.

    He says the Asian pear is a prime example of what happens when a country kills off their honeybee population and is forced to hand pollinate everything.

    "Imagine if we had to go through our cherry orchards or our apple orchards and pollinate that all themselves. Food would be incredibly expensive," said Clark.

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