Is colony collapse disorder contributing to pollenpocalypse?
Walmart patented autonomous robot bees
Walmart filed a patent for autonomous, robot bees. The mega-corporation’s patent specifically covers “pollination drones.” These tiny robots could act just like bees, pollinating crops autonomously. Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com.au/walmart-robot-bees-farming-patent-2018-3?r=US&IR=T
Sorry, but pollinating robots ‘cannot’ replace bees
“Bees have been pollinating flowers for 120 million or more years, they’re extremely good at it,” Goulson says. “The idea that you could build something anywhere near a cost-effective replacement strikes me as slightly nuts”
Think of it by the numbers; a bee, Goulson says, feeds itself, reproduces relatively easily, and can visit about 1,000 flowers a day. There are about 40,000 bees in a hive, and about 80,000 honeybee hives around the world. That’s a lot of bees, and a lot of pollination.
But that’s just one species of bee. There are about 20,000 bee species in the world, all pollinating flowers and crops somewhere or other. And then there are other important pollinating animals, like bats, flies, mosquitos, and other creatures.
“To replace them all with little robots would bankrupt the entire global economy, even if you could make them very cheap,” Goulson says. Read more at https://www.popsci.com/forgotten-gel-could-help-future-robot-pollination-bee-drone
Why Aren’t Other Youtubers Talking about this???
Megapixels: North Carolina’s ‘Pollenpocalypse’ is nothing to sneeze at—but you will anyway
The region’s trees have begun mating in the warmer weather, and that means high pollen counts. The Raleigh-Durham area experienced the fifth highest pollen count in the U.S. on Wednesday, according to Weather.com. From 10 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality that the count was over 2,500 pollen grains per cubic meter.
Read more at https://www.popsci.com/pollenpocalypse
“This is the biggest general threat to our food supply.” Hackett said.
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