[NAFEX] honeybees and Einstein

Dylan Ford dford at suffolk.lib.ny.us
Tue Apr 17 23:42:20 EDT 2007

Rivka - And everybody knows, canaries can't mine coal. Why's everybody
panicking?  dylan
> Even if he did say it, this was hardly his field.
> If we lost the bees, there would certainly be major
> agricultural and
> other ecological disruptions. There would certainly
> be major
> disruptions in food supplies for humans. I don't
> want to minimize the
> importance of honeybees. However, there are lots of
> plants, including
> plants which are eaten by humans and plants eaten by
> animals which are
> then eaten by humans, which are not dependent on
> bees for pollination;
> and many plants ordinarily pollinated by honeybees
> are also pollinated
> by other insects, though not always as efficiently.
> We might well lose
> some population; but it's not likely that the
> disappearance of
> honeybees would wipe out the entire human species.
> Exaggerating a problem doesn't always make people
> take you more
> seriously. Sometimes it makes them quit listening
> altogether; which
> would be a shame, in this case, as there obviously
> is a real problem,
> whatever's causing it.
> --Rivka
> Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly>

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