"But, seriously, do you really think the crops we raise in this country wouldn't be successful if no honey bees lived here? You really think yields of wheat and rice and corn and all other crops would be so low that we couldn't even sustain our own population?"
I don't know for sure about the grasses, but in the case of legumes, and based on my over abundance of tomatoes last year, I would say that there would be a serious food shortage in just this country, without honeybees.
"I'm surprised to read that you found honey bees to be far more successful at pollinating tomatoes than bumble bees are. That contradicts everything I've read comparing the two in scientific journals."
I have no doubt that you are correct in saying that it was sheer numbers that caused my exceptional crop of tomatoes. Bumble bees are very efficient pollinators as compared to honeybees, but there just isn't a large population of them left, and therefore their contibution to the overall pollination of plants is limited.
"I think that's the big advantage to moving hives of honey bees. Honey bees are fair, general pollinators, but they make up for their moderate abilities with their sheer numbers. We can move them more easily than we can move other pollinators, and we get that tasty crop of honey off of them."
This is what makes the honeybee so important to our pollination needs, and is also what overcomes some of their short comings in pollination efficency.
"Honey bees collecting corn pollen to feed to their larvae isn't a case of pollination; it's just grabbing pollen, not transferring it to another corn plant."
Correct. And from what I understand, the hive can't efficiently use this type of pollen, so I'm not sure why they gather it, other than maybe there is so much of it available.
"As far as reading an implication into the AHB statement that included a comparison to GMOs, I wonder if I'm really the only one who sees a link there? If I am, I apologize. I wasn't trying to blow things out of proportion, just trying again to avoid sensationalism."
Just yanking yer chain.....although I still don't see it............LOL
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