Sure, everything said above is true and fine but. . . .
Those "grass crops" are not as self sustainable as some would like us to believe?!
Bees still visit them and pollinate them, only "officially" they don't - cause some research placed them in the wind or self pollinated category which by in large is true.
Take the latest bee loses in Germany where around 7,000 beekeepers lost all and some almost all of their bees due to corn seeds being treated by various pesticides produced by our friendly Bayer!
In France up to 50% of bees disappeared and same has happened in Spain, Austria, Greece, Slovenia, etc. . .
In England their Bee Keepers Association has excepted money payout from Bayer to advertise to it's members and public that pesticides are safe for bees, etc, etc...http://affiliate.kickapps.com/kickapps/_Bayers-pesticides-endorsed-by-British-Bee-Keepers-Association/video/228447/34971.html?as=34971&WHOAMI=User&URL=http://affiliate.kickapps.com/34971/beesontoast
Now, that has happened on occasion or two before? (in France in 1999 where certain pesticides were promptly banned! But, resourceful marketing departments just add diferent names to the same poison and the world keeps on turning!)
Sure, bees can be split. But, how often and how many times can this be done? Any kind of increase calls for certain financial resource? If one is in the red one year, perhaps two, the only splitting done will be by the bank and they will not be splitting no hives - let me assure you. . . .
In Europe alone, the loss of hives can be counted in seven figures. (Just compare the number of hives in US ten years ago - to those of today?)
Over there beekeepers are nervously awaiting the "bloom" of corn - cause the bees will collect the pollen and the same fate will befall them again!
Now, I challenge anybody to try to split a split in the fall and take them through the winter!
About shortage of food in relation to bees?
Not many (thanks' God) are concerned... Perhaps this is a good thing, cause the last thing we need is riots on the streets? (Although they are already happening, only they are not of our concern, cause they are happening on the other end of the world?)
IMO, this is all fullish thinking!?
In the long run it will hit us all. The production of crops for fuel is just a start! A scape-goat? A clever money-grab without a solid - proven base!? (They even make vehicles now that can run on E-85 only where to get a gas station that has it? The stuff is so expansive they only mix it with gas, at a rate of 10% - tops!)
It is the manipulation of global markets and profiteering by the wealthy few, that is perhaps causing more harm than the loss of bees and all other contributing factors put together? Money mongrels are using the bees, or the loss of them, for their own gain!
The price of fuel is going up and nobody is going to stop it.
Production of bio-fuel E-85 is just a game the rich are playing. (Fact is that to produce one liter of E-85 - it actually takes about 7 litres of oil to do it !?)
Now, does that make any economic sense - what about the environmental - the bigger footprint . . ?
Fact is, that big money is being made and nobody has the political will or the ability to stop those wheels from forever spinning away. . . .
Our cost of food has about doubled in the last year and the true correction has not even started yet! Not on our side of the pond?
North America don't have a clue about the meaning of "not have" much less of being hungry, or knowing what it feels like to go in the supermarket and see the shelves completely bare?!
(Nation's mentality is that one simply goes in the store and gets it. Most have no real clue from where and/or what it takes to put food on their table!?)
I will put it like this: The UN has some some numbers which no matter how expertly can one turn/juggle them - they just don't add up...
Take any country in the third world and double up the price of their food! In most of those places - food can not be had in comfortable quantities at any price. (Even our well intentioned aid does not get where it's needed. The powerful and the rich, the corrupt - they are the ones who get it and they are the ones who benefit from it...)
Now, in countries where is now the norm to pay $5.00 for a day's supply of food - perhaps they can handle the increase?
In the countries where it takes $2.50 for one day of meagre food - double that and you are flirting with disaster!?
Now, the reality is - that every day about a billion people are already near - or are starving!
Another equal or most likely greater number of unfortunate people get by with a meagre $1.00 for a day of sustenance. . . .
For those poorest of the poor - 2.00 dollars per day might as well be the moon!
Now, for those, there is no answer - much less any hope at all. . ? !
For us? Well, we can cross our beefy arms at our bulging waistline and wander how much impact the bees have on all this mess - if any?!
The true answers are dealt to us individually, on a daily basis. . . .