Bees Like Mines' Canaries, Their Dying Fortells Our Fate

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    Jul 15, 2014 3:31 AM GMT

    NYT: AROUND the world, honeybee colonies are dying in huge numbers: About one-third of hives collapse each year, a pattern going back a decade. For bees and the plants they pollinate — as well as for beekeepers, farmers, honey lovers and everyone else who appreciates this marvelous social insect — this is a catastrophe.

    But in the midst of crisis can come learning. 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.
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    Jul 15, 2014 5:02 AM GMT
    Waiting for Riddler to stop in and tell us how well bees are thriving because of Monsanto.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 15, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
    Good article.

    The complexities of ecology apply to us as much as any species. I`m particularly struck by the highly artificial life of bees in commercial pollination activities, and how it might be stressing them to the point of death. It shows the dangers of regarding living creatures as simply carbon/water machines to be expolited for our convenience and benefit; of taking the demoralizing instrumental and mechanistic approach to nature seen in factory farming.

    What is happening to honey bees is a great tragedy, and a warning.

    Biology tells us it`s not the superstars of nature(pandas, blue whales, gorillas, humans) that make the world thrive, it`s the little, rather unregarded ones like these. They are the foundation of our world.