Honey bees are dying

Our Honey Bees are in Danger

Ok, this is not really an environmental blog although it could possibly turn into one.  I know a lot of awful things have been happening lately, what with the oil catastrophe in the Gulf, Arizona pretty much outlawing Hispanics, and the economy on the edge of disaster or actually having fallen off that edge, depending on where you are standing.

Those awful things are happening, so it is hard to catch every horrid thing going on, but did anyone else see the newest article about the disappearing bees?  On May 3rd, AlterNet, www.alternet.org/story/146701/ printed “Bee Catastrophe: 1/3 of Colonies Died This Winter, Threatening Massive Ecological Catastrophe”.  It starts out with this statement:

“Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.”

“The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute some 26 billion pounds (yeah, that’s British dollars), to the global economy.”

Sheesh, I wish they would quit equating everything to money and thus proving its value.  Einstein was quoted as saying the real problem with honeybee decline is that about 4 years after bees become extinct, should that happen, the human species will become extinct, because we cannot feed ourselves without the little guys (girls?) help.  Well, that is not a direct quote, but you get the point.  Don’t worry about the money guys, worry about feeding your kids.

There have been many theories put out about why this is happening, everything from the obvious culprit, pesticides, and genetically modified crops, cell phone frequencies, and one I had not thought of before, the stress the little guys probably go through when they are trucked all over to pollinate crops.

Shortly after that came out, there was an article about the Roundup – resistant super weeds. Check out www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/ article: “Farmers Cope with Roundup-Resistant Weeds”.  Creepy.  Weeds that grow 3 inches a day and reach seven feet or more.  There are now 10 resistant species in at least 22 states infesting millions of acres, mostly soybeans, cotton and corn, stated the article by William Neuman and Andrew Pollack.

Mother Nature doesn’t like smart-asses, and big agribusiness is only second to big oil in smart-ass category.  Who do you think will win?  You can’t stop the wind and you can’t stop the tides.  Mom nature is the one who is really in charge and if you can’t bend to her way of doing things she will kick your ass.  Unfortunately, we are all in for that ass kicking.