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Blue ICE and Real Life Mystery

Did Blue ICE get it right?    
 
Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms
By MICHAEL WINES
Published: March 28, 2013
A friend sent me the above link to an article that appeared in the New York Times yesterday. The article talks about CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder.
Uh-huh.
Now, for those of you who have read Blue ICE, we already know the answer to the mystery, don’t we? Sure, it’s fiction. You have to wonder though. Is there a deliberate hand behind the death of so many bees? Bees support our American agriculture dollars, a significant chunk of the economy.
Following are a few excerpts quoted from the Times article. If you don’t already know the answers, Blue ICE will present an interesting read for you.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.”
“A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment, colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005.”
“Annual bee losses of 5 percent to 10 percent once were the norm for beekeepers. But after colony collapse disorder surfaced around 2005, the losses approached one-third of all bees, despite beekeepers’ best efforts to ensure their health.”
“Nor is the impact limited to beekeepers. The Agriculture Department says a quarter of the American diet, from apples to cherries to watermelons to onions, depends on pollination by honeybees. Fewer bees means smaller harvests and higher food prices.
Almonds are a bellwether. Eighty percent of the nation’s almonds grow here, and 80 percent of those are exported, a multi billion-dollar crop crucial to California agriculture. Pollinating up to 800,000 acres, with at least two hives per acre, takes as many as two-thirds of all commercial hives.”
So there we have it, a real life mystery that is portrayed in a work of fiction, Blue ICE. Whatever the root cause of CCD turns out to be, let’s hope they figure it out before the damage to American honey bees and the crops they support is too great.
 
It’s a huge deal.
           
Blue Ice
by I. C. Enger
link to book on Amazon:
 

6 Comments to Blue ICE and Real Life Mystery:

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J. R. Lindermuth on Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:53 AM
Serious topic. CCD was first discovered by a keeper here in my area of Pennsylvania. Looking forward to reading your book and getting an answer to the problem.
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IC Enger on Saturday, March 30, 2013 9:25 AM
Glad to hear from you J.R. Pennsylvania is one of my favorite fall color spots on earth. Because CCD was first brought to the attention of scientists from your area I'll give you permission to skip to the end of Blue ICE, but just you. The mystery is revealed in the last chapters, and then, perhaps you will want to go back and read the story from the beginning. Everyone else, no cheating.


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JL Greger on Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:41 AM
This is a wonderful example of science in fiction. You should post your book on LabLit.com
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