About forty percent of Haagen-Dazs 73 flavors rely on little bitty bees buzzing in the air.
And bees are disappearing.
But I’m burying the lead. The Associated Press story linked below reports that bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion worth of crops each year.
Edward R. Flanagan, who raises blueberries in Milbridge, Maine, said he could be forced to increase prices tenfold or go out of business without the beekeeping industry. Every one of those berries owes its existence to the crazy, neurotic dancing of a honey bee from flower to flower, he said.
Thus, Congress is working on appropriating funds to research the mystery of the disappearing bees. $780,000. Another $10 million is being considered for more general research.
Back to the ice cream company. It’s currently marketing a limited-time flavor, called vanilla honey bee. Some proceeds will go toward bee research.
Every one of us has a part to play in place. Bees, politicians, corporations, and ice cream lovers.