Active TopicsActive Topics  Display List of Forum MembersMemberlist  CalendarCalendar  Search The ForumSearch  HelpHelp
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin  Old ForumOld Forum  Twitter  Facebook

 IslamiCity Forum - Islamic Discussion Forum : General : GREEN Forum
Message Icon Topic: Smog Disrupts Our Food Supply Post Reply Post New Topic
Author Message

Joined: 23 July 2008
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 40
Quote love Replybullet Topic: Smog Disrupts Our Food Supply
    Posted: 11 September 2008 at 1:09am
Researchers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville report that three common constituents of smog destroy floral scents released by flowers to attract bees and other pollinators. In fact, flower scents traveled four times farther in the 1840s, when European scientists first began documenting ozone pollution, than they do under today’s air conditions, according to modeled simulations run by the researchers. Because pollinating insects rely partly on scents to find flowers, the loss of fragrant plumes could make it harder for insects to locate pollen sources, jeopardizing pollinators and crops alike.

The vitality of plants depends on pollination, according to principal investigator Jose Fuentes, a meteorologist. Additionally, if pollinators are forced to spend more time foraging for food yet collect less pollen to feed their young, insect colonies may suffer nutritionally. Both problems could impact our food supply. “We need to preserve pollinators because they provide useful services,” Fuentes says.
Scientists recently reported that air pollution quickly destroys some of the sweet-smelling perfumes flowers produce. It's a problem that could have long-lasting effects on plant reproduction and diversity, and might help explain why populations of bees and other pollinators are declining.

IP IP Logged

Joined: 23 July 2008
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 40
Quote love Replybullet Posted: 23 November 2008 at 2:15pm

Use flower power to save Europe's bees: EU lawmaker

Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:43am EST

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Honey bees, whose numbers are falling, must be given flowery "recovery zones" in Europe's farmlands to aid their survival, a leading EU lawmaker said Wednesday.

Bees pollinate numerous crops and scientists have expressed alarm over their mysterious and rapid decline. Experts have warned that a drop in the bee population could harm agriculture.

"If we continue to neglect the global bee population, then this will have a dramatic effect on our already strained world food supplies," said Neil Parish, who chairs the European Parliament's agriculture committee.

Parish, a British conservative, said vast swathes of single crops such as wheat often made it difficult for bees to find enough nectar.

But he said farmers could help bees by planting patches of bee-friendly flowers -- including daisies, borage and lavender.

"We're talking about less than one percent of the land for bee-friendly crops -- in corners where farmers can't get to with their machinery, round trees and under hedges."

Genetically modified crops, climate change, pesticides and modern farming techniques have all been blamed for making bees vulnerable to parasites, viruses and other diseases.

More research is needed to pin down the exact cause of the declining number of bees, the European Parliament is expected to recommend in its vote Wednesday evening.

"The experts themselves are mystified," said Parish. "A failure to act now could have catastrophic consequences."

The EU parliament's vote will carry no legal weight but is intended to nudge the European Commission and EU member states to take the matter seriously.

(Reporting by Pete Harrison; Editing by Catherine Bosley and Paul Casciato)

IP IP Logged
Post Reply Post New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

The opinions expressed herein contain positions and viewpoints that are not necessarily those of IslamiCity. This forum is offered to stimulate dialogue and discussion in our continuing mission of being an educational organization.
If there is any issue with any of the postings please email to icforum at or if you are a forum's member you can use the report button.

Note: The 99 names of Allah avatars are courtesy of

Sponsored by:
IslamiCity Donation Program
Complete Domain & Hosting Solutions
Home for Muslim Tunes
Islamic Video Collections
IslamiCity Marriage Site