bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, February 21, 2005

Locusts threaten bees

Honey production in western Guinea is threatened by a proverbial plague of locusts. Munching their way in from Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, they are estimated to have consumed 4,000 tons of greenery since they arrived in Guinea last month.

Honey is an important part of the agricultural economy (worth 40% of farmers' incomes in some parts). The threat is not just to the blossomability (I'll take credit for that new word, if you like) of plants, but also directly to bees because pesticides to kill the locusts will have to be bee-friendly.


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