Bees 2

"Millions of bees have simply vanished. In most cases, all that's left in the hives are the doomed offspring. But dead bees are nowhere to be found -- neither in nor anywhere close to the hives."

So, remember we were talking about the bees? How bee populations across the US and Europe are declining at rates of up to 80%? How hives are just emptying? About how, without bees, we will be so fucked, so quickly, we'll long for the days of global warming and impending nuclear war, what with the bees being the things that pollinate all the crops and stuff? Hmm?

Well. There has been a bit of a development.

Initially it was thought that perhaps it was mobile phones making the bees bugger off. However! A report on science technology website Red Ice Creations cites a quote from environmental activist and organic beekeeper Sharon Labchuk, who sates:

"I'm on an organic beekeeping list of about 1,000 people, mostly Americans, and no one in the organic beekeeping world, including commercial beekeepers, is reporting colony collapse on this list. The problem with the big commercial guys is that they put pesticides in their hives to fumigate for varroa mites, and they feed antibiotics to the bees. They also haul the hives by truck all over the place to make more money with pollination services, which stresses the colonies."

Meanwhile, Germany's Spiegel Online points to - duh - genetic modification.

"Experts believe that the large-scale use of genetically modified plants in the US could be a factor," say they.

""We've been pushing them too hard", Dr. Peter Kevan, an associate professor of environmental biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, told the CBC. "And we're starving them out by feeding them artificially and moving them great distances." Given the stress commercial bees are under, Kevan suggests CCD might be caused by a combination of parasitic mites, pesticides and genetically modified crops."

So Mister Brown! Let us have no more piffle about goshdang "eco towns", thank you very much! We demand action on the bee crisis! We demand bee towns! It is my suggestion that Camden Town is levelled, and replaced with a giant hive. Those with me say "bzzz".