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An article in the Sarasota Herald today reminded me why you can forget your fears of Global Climate Destruction. The bees are going to kill us first.

As Einstein put it - "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." A bit of an exaggeration, maybe, since bees are only used to pollinate about a 1/3 of crops here in the US, but it wouldn't be pretty. And bees are disappearing.

The Tampa Trib talked about the problem a few weeks ago, but the most thorough mass media account — admittedly with an anti-GM spin — was in Der Spiegel. The cause? Parasites, GM plants, or something more nefarious?

Maybe the bees are joining their Africanized cousins for an Apian revolution, televised by the Sci-Fi Channel.

Worried? Soothe that tension with some local honey from Tampa area co-op Eden's Nectar, but don't go overboard. Chances are this won't be the death of us, but it sure is a reminder about the interconnectedness of a world-wide eco-system that our farming practices tend to bully or disregard.

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