Have you seen “Vanishing of the Bees” yet?
I revisited it today, after reading these articles (1, 2, 3, and 4) which, although they vary in their publication date, they are all still incredibly relevant. I’ll break it down for you describing the major point explained in each one of these articles:
Article 1: A fly has been found that lays its eggs inside of insects, causing them to display “zombie like behaviour” and die. The insects include bumble bees, wasps, and now the honey bee.
Article 2: Samples of pollen taken have been contaminated with an average of nine different pesticides and fungicides. In one sample, scientists discovered 21 different pesticides and fungicides eight of these are associated with an increased risk of infection by the parasite commonly agreed upon as being a factor in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Article 3: CCD is now spreading to the bumble bee population, which is even more devastating because bumble bees are responsible for pollinating 90% of woodland wildflowers.
Article 4: The honey bees who are receiving antibiotics to protect them from their hive’s bacterial illnesses now are dying from commonly used pesticides as their immune system weakens.
Bees are dying everywhere, which means that our crops will too. The temporary solution here appears to be robotic bees. I actually don’t think I’ve ever felt so helpless in my entire life. But why? The biggest positive impact solution the world can do appears to be simple: buying organic
I am a huge fan of doing things the way my grandma did. Smaller food portions, an incredible work ethic, and handmade everything. Grandma called her organic food “food”, because use of pesticides looked a little (read: a lot) different in agriculture. This doesn’t come from a desire to be vintage or anything, it’s about living within my means. And the more I think about it, the more “my means” needs to include a heavy dose of local and organic foods, using and buying fewer “things”, and using products that maintain my portion of the environment in my lifetime.
Here’s the tricky bit: I do almost nothing for myself. Oh sure, I’ll do things that offer a “band-aid” solution to a problem. Little handy quick fixes. I find it difficult to make lasting changes just because “it’s good for me.” I have no problem making changes when others I love prefer things done a certain way or to cater to something like an allergy. It has never really been a life or death situation in terms of where and how I buy my groceries and things.
But for the bees? Absolutely! I can do all sorts of things for bees because it is life or death for them! I can buy organic. I can get my things second-hand, instead of buying new. The things I buy new, I can ensure will last for a long time, or are ecologically friendly. Why? Bees are my umbrella species.
Are you a fan of bees? Why do you buy organic? Oh, and hey. Want a free “bee” organic pledge badge? Feel free to grab the html below!
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