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15.7.09

Send bees.

1.6 billion bees - 120 semi-trailer loads - required urgently or we don't eat almonds.

"We have just a two-week window to get the hives and have them in place when the trees bloom next month," he said yesterday.
The numbers are staggering: 52,000 hives, each containing 30,000 bees; to pollinate 12,000 almond trees grown by 7,000 growers producing a $100 million crop.

Many of the trees border the Murray Valley Highway from Boundary Bend to Robinvale, probably my favourite drive ever; Murray River to one side, seemingly endless almond groves to the other. Further north the almonds give way to red soil and orange trees and beyond that, Mildura; and then nothing but vast emptiness and interstate trucks.

2 comments:

kimbofo said...

This whole bee problem has me worried. Bees are dying out all over the world.

More here: http://www.saveourbees.org.uk/why-bees-dying.asp

kitchen hand said...

Interesting, Kimbofo. I'm doing my bit by planting flowering species (amidst an epidemic of polished rocks, water features and cordyline). There were bees all over my winter-flowering viburnum this afternoon.

I also wonder why our summer outdoor eveningss are being ruined by European wasps.