Jeremy Cherfas’ article today on National Public Radio, Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000+ Years, chronicles a recent study published in the journal Nature and conducted by the organic chemistry unit of the University of Bristol in England. New discoveries peg honey and wax collection back to at least the seventh millennium B.C. in southern Anatolia suggesting humans struck up a deal of sorts of bees about the same time as settled farming developed. We can only hope that the excesses of poison-dependent agribusiness in this century can be quickly and sufficiently curtailed to avoid our causing the catastrophic loss of this vital flying farm worker. LRM