There is an urban legend that Albert Einstein said that if the bees die out humans will die four years later. This is a prospect that scares me more than blackbirds falling out of the sky. A recent study out of University of Illinois, Urbana, reports that in addition to the honeybees, bumblebees are now experiencing rapid declines in population. We may forget that bees of all types are essential in food production. They pollinate crops and flowers and without them we would be in a major food crisis. There are many theories as to why the bees die. One of the more popular ones is Colony Collapse Disorder. Colony collapse disorder or honey bee depopulation syndrome is used to describe the phenomenon of the disappearance of the worker bees in a hive. Many scientists attribute the decline to the increased use of pesticides on our crops. Another reason the US needs to seriously consider a return to local, organic farming. Another theory is that cell phone radiation is affecting the bees. I wonder if I start my own bee colony if it would even help increase the population. Good thing I’m not allergic. Summer project?