Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dying bees-- so sad!

I wrote just a little while ago about watching out for your honey (not the Valentine's day honey, the bee honey!) because if it's not organic it likely contains antibiotics. Read more here.

Sadly, it appears the weakened, inbred, drugged (!) bee population is also falling prey to some weird disease. I can't help wondering, too, because more people have lawns, that the poor bees don't have anything to eat? We have native plants (including bee balm!) in a sea of pesticidey lawns, and get lots of busy bees all the time...but we realize how weird it looks. Our lawn almost looks infested (buzzing, etc.) everyone else's lawn is quiet...tranquil. Please plant something this year for bees to eat...and don't use pesticides, this goes without saying.

I originally saw this in the New York Times, but here is it from CNN/Reuters.

"PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (Reuters) -- A mysterious disease is killing off U.S. honeybees, threatening to disrupt pollination of a range of crops and costing beekeepers hundreds of thousands of dollars, industry experts said on Monday.

Beekeepers in 22 states have reported losses of up to 80 percent of their colonies in recent weeks, leaving many unable to rent the bees to farmers of crops such as almonds and, later in the year, apples and blueberries.

'It's unusual in terms of the widespread distribution and severity,' said Jerry Bromenshenk, a professor at the University of Montana at Missoula and chief executive of Bee Alert Technology, a company monitoring the problem."

Read more here.


Anonymous said...

Bee pollen - a natural substance created by honey bees to nourish their young - contains every nutrient known by doctors to maintain good health.

And its positive effect on prostatitis is remarkable.

Nutritionists say bee pollen contains more than 5,000 enzymes and co-enzymes - far more than any other food. These little things are essential to healing and digestion and are said to protect against premature ageing.

It's also packed with important vitamins, proteins and nucleic acids.

In fact, it's so powerful, some call it nature's perfect food.

GreenFertility said...

Thanks, Kevin,

Are you takling about bee pollen or royal jelly or both? Royal jelly (Koreans are totally into it) is very often mentioned as a fertility enhancer, and raw honey has a little bee pollen in it as well, but I haven't thought about straight bee pollen...ex. maybe from Saturday Night Live...

Susan G said...

I've had my head in organic sand for so long that I didn't even wonder why there was organic honey (which I sell, even some from Zimbabwe).

Yes to pollen -- start eating it in the spring to desensitize for pollen allergies (even though the pollen collected is not the same as the airborne pollen).

And thanks for it all -- kimchee, camel bookmobile, coffee; I'm catching up.

GreenFertility said...

Hi Susan,

Nice to "see" you again! And yes, the wax/comb chewed up like gum is also great in the pollen season.

Anonymous said...

Dying Bees, is not just sad it is tragic. They are so beautiful and hard working. So I wonder to all the bee pollen consumers out there. despite its great benefits for human consumption_
WHY ARE WE EATING THE BEES FOOD?? >. Could this bee why they are dying?
Are they perhaps tired of grafting all day and having their food stole by greedy sick humans. When will we ever wake up and stop killing all that is around us?
Perhaps in ancient days when we were less mass consumers it was a health benefit. In this day and age we should question as to why we are harvesting bee pollen on a mass scale.
We should question why we have all these illnesses. Perhaps it is something more to do with the sickness of the mind and our selfish actions as much as anything else.

Bees dying in large numbers is a clear stark message to humanity that there is yet another species native to earth that is leaving the planet.
That they like most of Earth is fed up with humans and their lust for wealth, youth, and beauty. Anyone who cares or loves bees should question their motives when consuming or using bees products. All you are doing is keeping these people who produce them in profit and giving nothing back whatsoever to the little honey bee that has worked so hard to produce one grain of pollen. One little bee that has communicated through ultra violet rays to its other companions. Lets get out of here. and leave them to it... a plea so desperate that they ultimately leave their Queen and babys behind where once they would have died they now leave to die.for without the workers thats what happens .Research how bee products are made and see for yourself.
UK bee lover.