Bee Die-Off Threatens Dinner, Dessert

Colony collapse means trouble for fruits, nuts—and ice cream
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 9:02 PM CST
Bee Die-Off Threatens Dinner, Dessert
A bumble bee gathers pollen, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, on a sunflower at Quail Run Farm in Grants Pass, Ore., where farmer Tony Davis depends on them to pollinate crops. Amid the rising concern that honey bees are being wiped out by a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder, threats to...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The ongoing mystery of the diminishing honeybee population is threatening an important part of the American diet: ice cream. Bee colonies have been disappearing at a rapid rate, potentially causing problems with supplies of vegetables as well as fruit and nuts, which Haagen Dazs says may keep it from offering a full variety of flavors.

One-third of America’s food depends in some way on pollination by bees, CNN Money reports, and Haagen-Dazs says bees play a part in about 40% of its 60 flavors. “The bee problem could badly hurt supply from the Pacific Northwest," said the firm’s brand director, and if there's no progress, the company may have to "re-examine the flavors that we currently offer our customers." (Read more insects stories.)

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