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Author Topic: Honeybees Pair Well With Almond Farms  (Read 3529 times)
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« on: May 24, 2011, 04:50:11 PM »

I came across this article while flying to Colorado for a Mother's Day Weekend trip. The article was in Southwest Airline's monthly publication, Spirit, and kept me entertained during the duration of the trip. The reader is enlightened on the role and importance of honeybees for California's leading agriculture export, almonds.

The article is written to be enjoyed by people with no experience with bees to beekeeping advocates! Great pics too!

Here is the link to the article: Buzzworthy by Hannah Nordhaus
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011, 04:53:02 PM »

Click the "Read Complete Article" link at the bottom of the article to see more pictures and the article in its original format. Its a PDF file.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 07:23:53 AM »

The almond industry (as well as other pollination reliant industries) are on the fast track to developing produce that does not need pollination. The almond industry has been working on a tree that self pollinates for a number of years now. They have a tree that can produce around 30% of the current almond trees, without any need for bees. Within 20 years they claim, they will have further propagated this new tree so no bees are required and then it's all over for the bees.

This past year, they have new cucumber that requires no pollination. And many other crops are headed this way.

So where will this leave the bees in twenty years? Migratory beekeeping will certainly be diminished. Without almonds, it will be tough for big operations to exist.

And when the food industry no longer needs to worry about the need for bees, our little sliver of support (a joke at best anyways) will no longer be there.


I wrote of this back in March. Scroll down to the article "Beekeeping 20 years from now"

http://www.bjornapiaries.com/beekramblings2011.html

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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2011, 10:38:53 PM »

  theres a big down side to the self fertile almond tree that has so much promise-
 the nuts dont fall off the tree when the tree is shaken with conventional equipment
and for proper harvest without damage to the tree they have to be hand picked--  cheesy  RDY-B
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