bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, December 06, 2004

Just because I'm paranoid ...

Much as I sympathise with and admire the resilience and resourcefulness of the people of Cuba, I did have to have a giggle at a list of so-called “terrorist actions against Cuba”. They included:
1991: Acariasis disease which affects bees is discovered, just as Cuban honey begins to be exported.

1996: Varroasis, another bee disease, is diagnosed in three apiaries in Matanzas. Previously unknown in Cuba, this disease is the worst of all that affect honey production in the world.
There are often mutterings about how various bee diseases have jumped oceans, but I would reckon that Cuba has been remarkably fortunate in getting these diseases rather later than might have been anticipated. I'm curious that Africanized bees don't yet seem to have appeared in Cuba.

Still, there's nothing quite like a good conspiracy theory ... and this is nothing like a good conspiracy theory.


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