While The Motley Monk is assessing Pope Francis' interview published in America, there are other important matters of global significance to consider.
One of those matters is "Colony Collapse Disorder."
Did you know that 33% of the U.S. honeybee population has disappeared during the past 7 years without a trace?
That might not mean much to a whole lot of people. But, it will mean a whole lot to them when this disappearance impacts the nation's food supply.
We're not just talking about honey. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture bee researcher Jeff Pettis who was interviewed for "Power Players":
If you walk into your grocery store, you might see about only one-third of the produce left in the produce aisle. Apples and nuts and many of the fruits and vegetables would simply not be available if we didn't have bees or something to pollinate.
What's happening is that the worker bees are leaving their hives and not returning home.
According to Pettis:
The truth is we don't know exactly where they go. But it's very common for a diseased animal, a dog or in this case a bee, to die away from the hive, or die away from the home. So, when they're infected with certain viruses and bacteria, we know that they, their inclination is to die away from the hive.
Whatever the cause of colony collapse disorder, its effect will be felt by consumers in the local grocery store's produce section.
Could Detroit be suffering from "urban collapse disorder"?
Let the discussion begin...
To check out the “Power Players” episode, click on the following link:
"Colony Collapse Disorder"