Honey, We’ve Shrunk the Bees

This is an important (dire) issue that not enough people are paying attention. Thank you, Wes!

CollTales

The Unbearable Silence of
Disappearing Pollinators

Be quiet for a moment. Can you hear it? Probably not, but it’s not all your fault. The sound that is missing is the buzzing of billions of bees, that have been disappearing at an alarming rate lately. And the deafening silence from most people, who remain aloof to all of it.
They’re up to a rude awakening, however. Managed care of honeybees, used to pollinate a third of U.S. foods, is on the verge of collapsing, in synch with the insects’ own collapse because of, you guessed it, our own doing. And the proposed solution won’t be enough to stop it.
Consider the Obama administration’s plan, announced this week, to counter a 42% loss of colonies reported last year by U.S. beekeepers. It’s been greeted with dismay by environmentalists because it doesn’t address the key factor that may be single-handedly causing their

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2 Responses to “Honey, We’ve Shrunk the Bees”


  1. 1 Colltales May 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you for reblogging this story, YUR. It’s such a far reaching subject, I feel that I’ve left out a lot of it. Still, I hope it helps move the needle just a little.

  2. 2 unclerave May 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    It’s a huge problem, Wes. Pesticides are definitely a major factor, but I can’t help but think that Monsanto’s GMOs aren’t also a factor. And perhaps, the proliferation of Wi-Fi and cell phones are also a component. Technology has just come too far too fast, and we just can’t keep up! — YUR


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