Honeybee Die-Off Threatens U.S. Food Supply

I've been meaning to post something about the widening crisis among apiculturists in some of the world's most important food exporting nations. For those who havent been paying attention; beekeepers are reporting massive mysterious dieoffs in their hives...hives totally abandoned, without even the bodies of dead bees, yet untouched by foragers, among other strange symptoms. It's been termed Colony Collapse Disorder and I havent read one article about it that isnt quite alarmist (and rightly so), but this article from the Associated Press stood out. Not only is it thoroughly "mainstream", it's probably the most apocalyptic of all the bee extinction articles I've seen.

From Top News- Honeybee Die-Off Threatens U.S. Food Supply - AOL News:

BELTSVILLE, Md. (May 3) - Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.

If you're curious about this you'll have to go digging for a better info source, because this isnt that. There are some interesting, and frightening, theories about this being the result of genetically engineered crops... others offering evidence of small creatures being harmed by microwave communications towers. But this hyperbolic AP piece is the kind of article that could definitely get the 'terrified' masses back to thinking about something other than al Qaeda -- something like the largest mass extinction event since the fucking Triassic. It seems that this story definitely stings the collective consciousness of humanity (at least in the English-speaking world) since I've seen it, in many forms, as front page news across the political spectrum.