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European bees are disappearing, and the buzz from politicians is out of line. The politics of ecological protection are fascinating, writes Crikey's man in London.
Apiarists from around the country have descended on Canberra this week to fight the government's decision to halt its funding of the eradication of the Asian honey bee.
Bees are disappearing. Fast. But their extinction wouldn't just mean a world without honey: it would mean a world without food, clothes, flowers or birds.
Ice creamery Haagen Dazs depends on bee pollination for more than 40% of its flavours. So, with slumping market share, it decided to tie its brand to one of last year's hot-button issues. Smart.