Monday, July 14, 2014

To Bee or Not To Bee... that is the question

Mark Winston's article in the New York Times, "Our Bees, Ourselves" is a must read for those who want a sane and logical explanation of what is happening in our environments with the bee colony collapse disorder. 
Honeybee collapse has much to teach us about how humans can avoid a similar fate, brought on by the increasingly severe environmental perturbations that challenge modern society.
Honeybee collapse has been particularly vexing because there is no one cause, but rather a thousand little cuts. The main elements include the compounding impact of pesticides applied to fields, as well as pesticides applied directly into hives to control mites; fungal, bacterial and viral pests and diseases; nutritional deficiencies caused by vast acreages of single-crop fields that lack diverse flowering plants; and, in the United States, commercial beekeeping itself, which disrupts colonies by moving most bees around the country multiple times each year to pollinate crops. 

Read Winston's synopsis of what the real issue is that's creating the inevitable worldwide environmental disaster. "Our Bees, Ourselves."

August 4th update:  Swiss Pesticide Company Plan to Bring Back The Bees

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