Bees, and why you need to care about them

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I have been hearing about colony collapse disorder since the mid-1980s, when I lived in Tunisia and actually knew some beekeepers. Their hives were dying, and they had no idea why it was happening.

 

 

It’s now a worldwide problem. The European Union is voting on the subject soon, and I hope they vote sensibly.

 

 

Do you realize that our crops – our food sources – almost entirely depend on bees? Bees are the key to pollination. We farm bees just as we farm crops like corn and beans, but the bees are not so reliable anymore, because of this damned colony collapse disorder.

 

 

It may be a fungus. It may be the overuse of certain insecticides. It may be some mysterious illness. It may be Gaia’s revenge on mankind.

 

 

At any rate, the European Union is taking steps by banning certain pesticides which seem to be implicated in the colony collapses. An English friend of mine, Oma, recently posted a blog about the movement to ban these pesticides.

 

 

I know what you’re thinking: Who cares about bees?

 

 

Answer: if you don’t care about bees, you’d better change your mind, and fast.

 

 

You can follow this link to sign an American petition to ban certain chemicals connected to colony collapse disorder.

 

 

Please sign.

 


 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

3 Responses to Bees, and why you need to care about them

  1. starproms says:

    I signed the petition and I can say that the EU voted to ban the chemicals associated with damage to bee colonies. However, UK is not in the EU and my ex husband, who used to be a pesticide research chemist, swears that the chemicals were tested so much and so often that they are not the cause. I hope we can soon turn the tide for the bees because they sure do need our help at the moment.

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