…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Or anywhere at all, soon – if the reports are to be believed and are not just a ploy to raise the price of honey and to allow the usual suspects (1%) to live in the clover. South Seas Bubble, dot.com Bubble, Facebook Bubble, why not a Honey-Bubble?
Let’s give them a benefit of doubt. The honeybees are apparently disappearing at ever faster rate, especially since 2006. The mystery is called a colony collapse disorder. It is bad for honey supplies, crops pollination and, of course, for the bees themselves. Pesticides, diseases, diminishing habitat and that old catch-all global warming, climate change in gorespeak, are being blamed. In addition to that the scientists (yes, scientists, the alarm bells start ringing), now discovered that our post-modern bees may also suffer from a learning disorder.
Dr Pettis of the Bee Research Laboratory in Maryland reported in Naturwissenschaften that a pesticide imadacloprid a/ diminishes bees ability to learn and b/weakens their immune systems. The experiments involved twenty hives, larvaes’ food spiked with imadacloprid and fungal parasite Nosema. Emerging Mickey Finn bees had 700,000 parasite spores each, but a control group ones only 200,000. This was found when the poor bees were all killed twelve days later.
I admit I have certain problem with the hypothesis, at least as reported. Perhaps the imadacloprid bees, if not killed, would live longer then the deprived ones. A different pesticide? Less TV and Facebook? Oops, wrong species. But should the children, today so readily and fashionably diagnosed as suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, be given less imadacloprid in their cornflakes?