Disappearing Bees

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein

There are certain pieces of information that make me want to cover my ears and sing, “LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA”, at the top of my lungs. Bees, “disappearing” in great numbers, is a recent example.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard bits and pieces about beekeepers being concerned, some losing nearly two-thirds of their colony. Up until today, I’ve successfully changed radio and television channels, and closed browser news windows, all in an effort to pretend to be blissfully unaware. My mind sometimes works against me, though.. Wafting through my early morning dreams was the Einstein quote predicting The End of Life As We Know It should bees disappear.

Numerous articles, a few of which I’ve cited at the end of this entry, state that anywhere from 20 to 70% of the bees are missing across the United States.

Eerily, there are many similarities to Autism when it comes to trying to find the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), but, “scientists at Pennsylvania State University are leading research into the phenomenon.” Speculations abound as to whether the cause is from toxins, viral transmission via mites, or possibly an AIDs-type epidemic which is weakening immune systems and increasing fungi and bacteria.

The sudden mysterious losses are highlighting the critical link that honeybees play in the long chain that gets fruit and vegetables to supermarkets and dinner tables across the country.” NY Times

A Cornell University study has estimated that honeybees annually pollinate more than $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the United States, mostly fruits, vegetables and nuts. “Every third bite we consume in our diet is dependent on a honeybee to pollinate that food,” said Zac Browning, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation.

It would seem the prudent thing to do would be to first, stock up on honey. Second, make storage space since four years worth of honey might require more than one cabinet. Third, pray. Biblically speaking, an abundance of milk and honey has always meant agricultural prosperity. Given the way the United States government is attempting to take away the rights of its citizens to choose real milk vs. pasteurized and homogenized processed milk, in addition to the loss of bees, one might also think Someone is trying to tell us something.

Oh. And about the Einstein quote used to begin this blog? It appears THAT is controversial with Snopes unable to verify he made the comment. Snopes didn’t have anything to say about the disappearing bees, however.

Moreover I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands” Ezekial 20:15

Articles:

Snopes refutes Einstein as source of bee quote, Snopes

Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril New York Times

Bees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril: NY Times, Feb 27, 2007

Disappearing Honeybees Concern Beekeepers and Farmers: Voice of American

Dwindling Honeybee Population in US Puzzles Scientists: Voice of America

Bees disappearing as mystery ailment sweeps U.S.: CTV.CA


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