Thursday, December 29, 2005

Australian Bees Exported to U.S.

Why California is Abuzz with the Sound of Australian Bees
John Thistleton, The Canberra Times, 12/29/05

Although a toss-up as to who works hardest - Steve Rickets or his honeybees - the latter have a new job description: moneybees.

Mr Ricketts thought he struck gold in honey but the real money is flowing in exporting bees to America, where a mite has wiped out the bee population.

Without bees there can be no Californian almond and fruit crop, which is worth billions of dollars. And Australian honey producers are making the most of the new industry.

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