Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Extinction of Bees Heralds The Megafamine

I was really relieved the other day to see those sweet little bees dabbing at the yellow flowers that adorn the crawling vines I seeded all over the shelter mound years ago. Such industrious creatures! Their work is unceasing and they give more back to the world than they ever took away. If we lose them, we will truly come to appreciate the unbelievable complexity of the world in that it depends on these tiny organisms like bees and earthworms to keep the world from turning into a barren wasteland.

I have done a little research into the details of keeping a small pod of stingless bees underground to pollinate a subterranean garden. Until I get the permaculture lab built I won't know if this is really possible.


Anonymous said...

Sounds very interesting.You'll have to keep us posted on your progress.
If you need any help with anything I'll be more than happy to give any advice.


Sirius said...

I've heard both birds and bees are dying off in record numbers. They're blaming bee deaths on a 'mite' which sounds like utter BS. Bees have been around for millions of years, if something as simple as a mite could take them out this quickly they would have not have survived this long so far.

Magnetic shifting also sounds improbable. Even if the magnetic field of the Earth were to shift you have to figure it would have shifted many times while bees were on this planet. It never stopped them before.

I think the most likely cause is good old over-usage of pesticides. From what I hear 'natural' bee keepers who don't pump their bees full of man made sugars and pesticides are not experiencing these record breaking die offs.

Sounds to me like it's far easier to place responsibility on something like a mite than it is to blame ourselves.