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Fewer bees in US a threat to world's almond supply


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  • Allisdair Thornbury, Vic
    Feb. 17, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    At the moment there is only one island left in the world with dease free bees and they air freight container loads of bee colonies to the Almond harvest. So I think it is time for a bit more money to be spent on research to both Hive Colapse and Varroa Mite.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 17, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Parasitic mites are the reason most apiaries are declining. I used to be in that industry and have seen it for myself! It is ironic that pesticides are being blamed but the proper use of miticide pesticides are the only solution.

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 5:13 p.m.


    740 thousand acres of almond trees. That is about 1,200 square miles. If all the trees were in one gigantic field it could measure 30 miles by 40 miles.

    Modern, industrial agriculture is much more complex than it was when people threw grain out in the dirt for the chickens. So few feed so many.