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Unformatted text preview: BOTANY 131 MOVIES POLLEN NATION In the 1600s, settlers brought honeybees to the United States. The bees came from Europe and Africa. Bees are transported by truckloads to California to pollinate the fruit crops. o Why? Because of pesticides, natural bee populations have been eliminated. The scale of the agricultural demand is beyond capabilities of natural pollination. 3 Types of Fruit Crops produced in California in large monoculture fields: o Blueberries o Almonds o Cranberries o Water Melon If we lost all of our pollinators we would be left with wind pollination, which generates primarily wheat, leaving us with bread. Honeybees face dangers while pollinating the crops o Mites o Pesticides o Stress from transport Colony Collapse Disorder: total populations of bees die of possible because of pesticide levels growing around Bill Moyers Earth on Edge Plants extract from soil: o Nutrients o Minerals o Nitrogen Compounds The first plow broke the prairie grasses in the 1850s...
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