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Old 06-14-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Q: You've said that we shouldn't sweat the loss of all these honeybees. Why? A: Well, I look at it as ... basically, honeybees aren't native to North America. They were brought over by Europeans for honey, but there are no native plants in North America evolved to depend on honeybees for pollination.
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Where honeybees have become really important is in industrial, agricultural operations where basically they are spraying so many pesticides all year long that they kill off all the potential pollinators in the area and they've eliminated all the sort of natural habitat around the farms where these indigenous pollinators would live. What they do is bring in these honeybee hives for a couple of weeks, pollinate the plant and then they leave. It's a very artificial thing that sort of goes along with everything else about industrial farming that's unsustainable.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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That is something that I have been saying all along. The honey bees that we imported out compete all the native species by sheer numbers if not by behavior.
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