Just heard Jerry Hayes state @ the joint NC-SC beekeepers meeting:
@ our current rate by 2012--- 40% of our veggies and fruit will be from other countries!
In 50 years ( I doubt I make it that far but
) the US will be totally dependent on other countries as a food source.
Oh yes, expect to pay 90% more for these items (not sure of time frame he meant).
And his message, support your local farmer and therefore support your beekeepers!!!