Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   2/6/11

The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food supply. 

Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.

These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace. Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8306970/Einstein-was-right-honey-bee-collapse-threatens-global-food-security.html