Albert Einstein once famously said:

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.  No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

The unfortunate truth is that bees are disappearing, in massive numbers, all around the world – a situation that’s being described as Colony Collapse Disorder, and there’s no definite answers yet as to what exactly is causing such problems.

Scientists have speculated that it could be pesticides, genetically modified food, global warming or even high fructose corn syrup.  Interestingly, scientists recently discovered that bees won’t fly near mobile phones, it seems that the electromagnetic signals may be interfering with the bees innate navigation systems.

Researchers from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research have recently published the results from a fascinating study that has been investigating the effects of insecticides on bee colonies.

Results showed a link between bee population decline and an insecticide caused, not directly by insecticide toxicity, but by disorienting bees and reducing their ability to return to the hive.

If you want to read more about this fascinating study, where researchers attached microchips to more than 650 bees (I’m not sure how!)  please follow this link…

In the meantime, have a think about the food you’re choosing to buy.  I’d favour organic food any day, simply for it’s common sense health benefits.  I think the bees would probably favour it too.

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