Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Silence of the Bees

The kids and I watched the most frightening documentary I think I've ever seen on PBS last night -- "The Silence of the Bees."
In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives. A precious pollinator of fruits and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply. The epidemic set researchers scrambling to discover why honeybees were dying in record numbers -- and to stop the epidemic in its tracks before it spread further.

The world is not going to go out with a bang -- or a whimper. It will just stop as the hum of the honeybees stop.

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