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Are honey bees a renewable resource?

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diamond456 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM via web

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Are honey bees a renewable resource?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Yes, honey bees are a renewable resource.

A renewable resource can be defined as one that can reproduce itself naturally over a period of time that is relatively short in human terms.  This means, for example, that oil is not a renewable resource.  More oil could be made naturally, but this process will happen on a geological time scale, not a human time scale.  But honey bees are not like that.  Honey bees reproduce themselves naturally and quickly.  So long as they are able to do this, they will remain a renewable resource.

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