We’ve all heard about the honeybees disappearing. From the first time I heard about this, it just sounded bad. Very bad. Like something we should address promptly.

It’s number 4,037 of my grandmother’s signs of the approaching apocalypse. Something like it might even be in Revelation for all I know — raise your hand out there if a grandparent or crazy uncle has read to you from the Book of Revelation since Sept 11. I know I’m not the only one. If this has happened to you, you are probably black. Also, yes, George Bush, particularly his astonishing re-election, does count among many black people as a sign of the apocalypse.

I’m a bit tongue-in-cheek of course.

That said, Rep. Alcee Hastings is actually doing something about this. Thank god someone is. As part of our continuing series to highlight useful things the CBC is doing, I offer you:

Whatever the reason, the remaining bees have a friend in Congress: Rep. Alcee Hastings. The Florida Democrat introduced the Pollinator Protection Act to authorize over $75 million in research funds for the little buggers.

“Bees are critical players in our ecosystem. They enhance our way of life, whether we realize it or not,” Hastings said. “If we do not act now, Colony Collapse Disorder will have a stinging impact on America’s agriculture industry and our standard of living.”

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