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What Would Happen if Honey Bees Went Extinct?

Angie
Angie
Calgary
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No, I'm not an expert on honey bees. None of my related family members have ever been a bee keeper but its an interesting subject matter that Im been looking into closely as of late. You have probably all heard of rapid decline in numbers of honey bees. There are ongoing speculation as to what is causing this Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) a name given to the loss of honey bees. And as I was reading up on honey bees, it got me thinking what kind of impact would it have on the planet, the environment and human beings if we lost all of our honey bees. What would happen to the world as we know it if honey bees went extinct?

As a non expert, I can only provide my non-expert, personal insight. I know I could live without honey. As a matter of fact, I dont remember last time I used honey. Im sure there are product made out of honey, that I may have used or eaten not realizing that bee by-products have been involved in productions. But I guess, if we had no honey available, wed still live on. Though honey is said to have some excellent healing properties (which Im obviously not utilizing for myself).

The one thing that could significantly impact us all would be the loss of pollination wed be facing if all honey bees went extinct. I guess other insects (butterflies, possibly) pollinate flowers too but as far as I know (correct me if Im wrong), honey bees are the biggest pollinators. Honey bee extinction could negatively affect crops. Each of us eats food thats been pollinated by honey bees. Whether we realize it or not.

Somethings going on. Speculations are ongoing. Some say its the cell phones and the waves caused cell phone towers that confuse honey bees causing them to get lost and lose support of the hive, ultimately leading to the death outside of the pack. There are countless other speculation, no real answer. Bee keepers are losing one hive after another and it seems to be a world wide issue. Were losing our honey bees. If it continues that way, well lose them all and the consequences could be terrible.

Is anyone more educated on the issue? What do you think would happen to us if we dont act soon enough and honey bees go extinct?


Nov 6, 2008 at 9:15 am 
will
will
dirrty south, USA
Age: 30
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im guessing you watched the happening, bee movie, and discovery channel.

bee movie is a cartooned look at a possible outcome (sadly it is realistic) as well as the movie is crammed with facts... and fiction
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:30 pm 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
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Frankly, none of those. There is no TV in my apartment. I only watch stuff on the internet if available.

I've read an interesting article about Honey Bees a while ago and forgot in the meantime where it was. It got me thinking. They offered stats I no longer remember either, but it was something like 30% of all food eaten by people world wide was made out of crops that were pollinated by bees (don't quote me on that). And a whole lot of other interesting facts. It was extra ordinary realizing how those small, seemingly insignificant insects are actually so important to the survival of our own species. I used to think honey bees gave us honey, but there's way more to them than that. And we're losing them in big numbers
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:35 pm 
will
will
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30% of all us crops are pollinated by the honey bee

total extinction would destroy 30% of most crops and 100% of others wich are reliant on bees.

albert einstein said if they were to go extinct then we would follow four years later... bullshit

we can pollinate the plants ourselves and altho the loss of billions on honey the world will survive...

me 2.... einstein.... alot.... but i got 2 on him relativity is bullshit too
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:40 pm 
will
will
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your right 30% but i think that is mainly the US figure... lol i guess i was replying while u were
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm 
pothead
pothead
Fort McMurray
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How would we pollinate the plants ourselves?
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm 
will
will
dirrty south, USA
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pothead wrote:
How would we pollinate the plants ourselves?

you mean to tell me your a pot head and you dont know how to pollinate?
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:44 pm 
will
will
dirrty south, USA
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pollen is the male gamete it is usually spread by wind bees birds animals... if you take some of the crop and arisol the gamete it will pollinate the rest of the crop or it can be done manualy but that would take forever

bees do it by a touch and rub off you can too
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm 
Starlite
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will wrote:
pothead wrote:
How would we pollinate the plants ourselves?

you mean to tell me your a pot head and you dont know how to pollinate?


its not just the bee do that right??
I thought other insects and birds help
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm 
pothead
pothead
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On a small scale, yes, you can use brushes or cotton swabs, but how would you pollinate millions of hectares of crops worldwide?
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm 
Starlite
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will wrote:
pollen is the male gamete it is usually spread by wind bees birds animals... if you take some of the crop and arisol the gamete it will pollinate the rest of the crop or it can be done manualy but that would take forever

bees do it by a touch and rub off you can too
you're to fast for me
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm 
will
will
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ok to answer the main question... only a bit of a bump in the stock market and a few people pissed over the loss of honey and bees

no end of humanity scenario... that is a scare to make people worry for the reasons they want ... like global warming....
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm 
Angie
Angie
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Any organism that can brush itself against one flower and then another can pollinate. It's all about picking up pollen from male flowers and transferring it to a female. So even a dog running across the field would serve as a pollinator during that time. However honey bees are the only organism that tirelessly visit one flower after another as it's part of their nature of collecting nectar. Hence they're capable of pollinating large areas quite efficiently. Butterflies, moths, birds, wasps, ect would also pollinate, but they don't spend their whole active days tirelessly collecting nectar.
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:59 pm 
will
will
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large scale = use your fuckin brains... lol

harvesting the male gamete and spraying it like insecticide... (also a possible cause of CCD, colony collapse disorder)

with controll it could be more effective/reliable than bee polination
but it would put small farms out of the question... unless they choose to hand polinate
Nov 6, 2008 at 2:01 pm 
will
will
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Angie wrote:
Any organism that can brush itself against one flower and then another can pollinate. It's all about picking up pollen from male flowers and transferring it to a female. So even a dog running across the field would serve as a pollinator during that time. However honey bees are the only organism that tirelessly visit one flower after another as it's part of their nature of collecting nectar. Hence they're capable of pollinating large areas quite efficiently. Butterflies, moths, birds, wasps, ect would also pollinate, but they don't spend their whole active days tirelessly collecting nectar.

clap clap clap... we got us a thinker.. lol
Nov 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm 
Angie
Angie
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Actually, I was answering Starlite's question that was changed in the meantime
Nov 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm 
will
will
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eh but i said what i said cuz the way you said it made me think about an idea... better than arisol... anyone know where i can get a patent loan ... lol
Nov 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm 
Starlite
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Angie wrote:
Actually, I was answering Starlite's question that was changed in the meantime
-lol-huh??
Nov 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm 
mogsey
mogsey
Ireland
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i don't really know about the food issue, but i know one person who would live a better life

a friend of mine was stung in the mouth a while back and told if it happens again it'll be the last time anything will happen to him
since then he's lived in fear of even going outside.
he sees one= instant panic attack

so we don't have honey, not the biggest fan anyway.
we can all live without fear of being stung in the mouth.
Nov 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm 
Angie
Angie
Calgary
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How can you possibly get stung in the mouth? If you keep your mouth wide open and stick your head in a hive - then yes, but how can a honey bee fly in your mouth to sting you? I was stung a few times when I was little, because I used to go for Summer to my grandma's who has this massive garden so there were always plenty of bees around and in summer you barely wear any clothes. But each time I got stung, I caused it myself - for example this one day a bee was flying around my neck, so I pressed my shoulder against my neck and squashed it there. I got stung and was yelling bloody murder. But no biggie otherwise.

You get exposed to millions of bees in your lifetime, only a few cases of being stung out of those millions of exposures happen. And bees are not aggressive. They have their own purpose and don't sting unless they have no other option.
Nov 6, 2008 at 4:33 pm 
mogsey
mogsey
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Angie wrote:
How can you possibly get stung in the mouth? If you keep your mouth wide open and stick your head in a hive - then yes, but how can a honey bee fly in your mouth to sting you?


i have no idea. he was just walking along and it flew into his mouth, stinging him, making him highly sensitive to stings now.
i don't know how it happens, but he's a recluse now.
he's getting better but still terrified.
Nov 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm 
Angie
Angie
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Mark is a big scorpion fan and breeder. He's looking forward to getting stung by scorpions, cause with each sting you become closer to a scorpion. If non lethal species stings you, you will get a rash for a few days or if your immunity is not the greatest you could get a fever, but you'll be OK. That venom stays in your blood forever though. And with each sting the concentration rises. So you're literally having a scorpion poisoned blood. Each next sting will get worse and it could eventually kill you. Mark is like totally excited about it and looking forward to getting stung and ultimately killed (he's nuts) by a scorpion.

I don't think bees are the same though. Unless you have allergy to bee poison which is much milder than scorpion one.
Nov 6, 2008 at 4:44 pm 
mogsey
mogsey
Ireland
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yeah, but if you get stung on the hang for instance, it will hurt, it will get inflamed and leave a temporary mark, but stays within the area of the sting.

he was stung in the mouth itself. even if the sting only effected the surrounding area, it would swell, blocking his airway, it would hust a hell of alot more due to the amount of nerve endings in the surrounding area, and finally the sting/venom/ or whatever is actually excretted, would get instantly absorbed into the blood stream, leading it either up to the brain or down to the heart almost instantly.

all i know is i don't want to see what happens if it happens again
Nov 6, 2008 at 4:51 pm 
JGroovyman
JGroovyman
Edmonton
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Posts: 286
I watched a documentary on something similar to this. In some small Asian town, the bees left for some reason so the farmers now do the pollination themselves. It's a long and tedious process, but it is being done.
I think bees are a very important part of our world and we would suffer if they died off.
Not only that but were would we be without warm honey and hot naked girls, that's a combo I could not live without!
Nov 6, 2008 at 5:36 pm 
fido_alive
fido_alive
Minneapolis, MN
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will wrote:
pollen is the male gamete it is usually spread by wind bees birds animals... if you take some of the crop and arisol the gamete it will pollinate the rest of the crop or it can be done manualy but that would take forever

bees do it by a touch and rub off you can too


Just jack off on the flower and we'll be ok.
Nov 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm 
Melicious
Melicious
Los Angeles
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We'd be in serious trouble folks. It would break down a major part of our eco system. It's a shame
Nov 6, 2008 at 9:54 pm 
Gavin717
Gavin717
Yankton, SD
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"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live."
-- Albert Einstein

Dec 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm 
Zoey
Zoey
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will wrote:
30% of all us crops are pollinated by the honey bee

total extinction would destroy 30% of most crops and 100% of others wich are reliant on bees.


And of that percentage that are totally reliant, how much metric tonnage of oxygen do they produce and would the loss of that tonnage benefit mankind?

Before you answer that I'm not a tree hugger. Just a man that can apply common sense to this topic.


Angie wrote:
How can you possibly get stung in the mouth?


My little brother was stung in the mouth when he was around6or7.
I remember it well. A yellow jacket was inside of his soda. It was a cherry soda.Getting stung in the mouth is a bad place because the poison more than likely hits the bloodstream before any of it can be absorbed through the Lymphatic system

Just sayin
Sep 5, 2010 at 2:43 am 
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