Scientist Dakin Henderson in Colorado recently released this video explaining what climate change may mean for the bees. Since Honeybees pollenate one third of the food man and animals eat world wide, the changes man is making to the environment will change the world more than just a bit. Of course events like volcanoes release more carbons into the atmosphere in just a day than mankind releases in a year. But then man is breeding like mice or rabbits, doubling the world population four times since the birth of Christ. The next doubling is set for less than 20 years and estimated to take place 35 years from then. Of course nature has a way of balancing things in history and while the bubonic plague of the middle ages killed one in three, if the plight of the honeybee is extinction, the world's food supply will be cut by a third, starvation could be a real thing right here in the United States.
Clearly it will not be the large apiaries that save the honeybee, but the diversification of their genetic lines by more backyard beekeepers coming into the game and keeping of bees everywhere. From the roof tops in the city, to the 5000 square foot garden lots in estates everywhere. Honeybees pollinate the flowers and the vegetables, the alfalfa eaten by cows and early Spring budding red maple trees. Yes, while there are other pollinators, the honeybee is the 'canary in the coal mine' that indicates to man the plight of all pollinators.
We are an industrial population dependent on a shrinking agrarian culture. Farm and ranch families now comprise less than two percent of the US population. And now the food we eat as Americans is more processed, contains more non food additives, contains more chemicals than ever before. We see an increase in malnutrition world wide while Americans on a whole are now most overweight and sick people in the world. In 1973 Harry Harrison released on the world a snapshot of the future in Soylent Green. While todays supermarket and fast-food is not yet 'people', it is not yet natural food product either. Thinks about it, how much preservative, flavoring, color and stabilizer must be added to your diet before you become what you eat? What is a 'healthy' percentage of additives? Who is keeping track and who is telling the rest of us?
And what of the new illnesses being discovered every day? When Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease are proven not to be related to wheat, but to the Round-Up© sprayed on wheat and then bonded to the cells of the wheat to create early harvest times. We see "Agent Orange" causes cancer in veterans who fought the war in Viet-Nam, how is it that herbicides used to 'kill' crops for early harvest are less harmful?
We see the most common additive to American food to be Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) also allowed to be called "natural flavoring". This mind altering drug tricks the brain into thinking something tastes really good, causing people to eat more, but it also is the leading cause of migraine headaches. More than 12 million Americans suffer migraine headaches every day. It is the leading cause of lost work days. MSG is a man made chemically derived product from seaweed.
Diabetes plagues 10% of Americans. How is it that corn syrup sweetener is added to almost everything we drink from a can? It is added to our bread and our beans and foods that don't even need sweetener. Corn syrup does not even occur in nature, it is a man made chemically derived product of corn. Why is is considered a natural sweetener over honey? When cane sugar prices went up, we had to find a use for all the government subsidized corn being farmed and just 10% corn alcohol added to petrol was not enough to use all the corn. What better use than creating a sweetener that is the leading cause of diabetes in America?
You are what you eat and so are honeybees. We have produced Insect Resistant Genetically Modified Organisms (crops) that do not kill adult honeybees. Yet they take this pollen back to the hive and feed it to their larva. The poison weakens the bees and makes them less able to resist mites, hive beetles, wax moths and all the virus brought in by them. While Europe has banned neonicotinoids, Bayer Corporation is suing the EU to remove the ban. The EU has proven that neonicotinoids bond to the cells of the plants on which they are sprayed and are directly killing honeybees. The American firm has bribed the American congress and government oversight into ignoring world research. While honeybee populations in the EU have begun to recover since the ban of neonicotinoids, the US populations continue to decrease by over a third annually. Americans support companies like Bayer and Monsanto by patronage of their goods. So, with no resistance from the public, they are free to prosper without concern for the honeybees, or mankind in the long run.
Georgia Naturally Grown. How does a beekeeper in Georgia guarantee that his honeybee have not harvested any pollen or nectar from a GMO? They cannot. A honeybee flies over two miles from the hive every day and there is no place in Georgia where GMO crops, GMO residential flowers, or GMO modified trees exist. Wildflower honey is simply nectar from anything that blooms. The honeybee will continue to decline, mankind will continue to increase and nature will lash out in anger like it did in the middle ages. Think about it. They killed the predators of rats increasing the host for fleas that carried the plague. In current day time circa 1960-1970 we sprayed DDT to kill the bugs on our crops. The runoff from our fields contained DDT residue that bonded to the fat cells in fish that eagles ate. The chemical weakened the shells of eggs laid by the eagles and the eagles crushed the eggs in the nest. Sudden decline of eagles and sudden banning of DDT almost too late to save the bird. There are more people now, meaning more bureaucracy, more bribes, less timely action. Sudden decline in honeybees promoted by "more research, less action."
So, while the 'preppers' are concerned about the end of the world, perhaps the rest of us can take some notes on how to prepare for the survival of our own lives? After WWII the English had a garden at every house to supplement their diets. During the great depression every rural American family knew what was edible in the roadside ditches, in the woods and in the fields. Gardening wasn't a hobby, it was a means of putting a meal on the table every day. Electricity was not available everywhere, especially if you could not pay the bill. So beeswax candles lit the dark nights, manure methane lit the stoves that heated a meal. Water was pumped by hand from shallow wells and boiled to make it suitable for drinking. Consider this, the price of bottled water is higher than a gallon of petroleum to run your car. Think about it; at $1 for a 10 oz. bottle of tap water charcoal filtered into a marketable clear plastic petroleum made bottle that will be discarded after your drink from it one time, a gallon of water in this fashion is twice the price of a gallon of petroleum and creates a larger waste stream.
So, what prompted this beekeeper to blog this charismatic view of the world? A look at his beehives and the depreciation of assets (hives) on paper after the Summer of 2016. Fewer bees, more cost and effort to keep the remaining. Those 'Red Kill' fields of cotton, corn, and soybeans and my declining health as I age. What hope is there for tomorrow? Well honestly, "I know who holds my future. I know He declared that man would live by the sweat of his brow." Maybe that honeybee is just after a drink of the sweat on my brow? She is working harder than most people I know. My every need is met and as an American I am rich compared to the lives of 90% of the rest of the world. My job then is to share what I know to be true and help others. We are here to help you keep bees!