Bees do more than just sting

I am someone who spews a crazy number of analogies out of my mouth each day. Sometimes they are just all wrong, other times they are spot on, and then others just somewhere in between. In a meeting yesterday I somehow paralleled a situation with a project with the world without bees. How the heck do those compare?

Recently I read an article that shared if we let the bee population die off what it would do to the produce department in our grocery stores. See these images in this Huffington Post article. It reminds me of scenes from Flint, Michigan. Empty, non-existent. It is actually quite scary. I never knew how much we could be impacted by the lost number of bees.

Sure, bees can be annoying. In the summer, the patio at work where we often have meetings and eat outside is often swarming with bees. They literally land on your lunch and take a seat for a while. I think I even have a video on my iPhone of a bee eating bits of a piece of turkey on my salad. Maybe it was starving? I am glad my salad last summer potentially helped keep one more bee alive.

In all seriousness, bees are something we should dedicate more time to saving. Due to all the pesticides, chemicals, and crap we pour into the environment, they are disappearing faster than we can save them. While I do not know too much about the topic, it is one I want to continue to research. How naive I have been. Study up, otherwise your produce department might turn into a ghost town.

A few articles on the topic:

A World Without Bees

List of Foods We Will Lose if We Don’t Save the Bees

2 thoughts on “Bees do more than just sting

  1. you’ve touched upon a topic that i’ve been aware of for many years for two major reasons: (i) my father was a bee keeper for many years while using his land for crop yield which allowed me to learn a ton about the honey bee and (ii) once i learned of the fungus that was destroying a disproportionate number of hives in New Jersey was visibly impacting the yield of my garden. It was crazy.

    but i noticed something as well, other insects went right after that sweet nectar maybe not to fill honeycombs with sugar rich food for their young (one of our only natural sources of raw sugar other than sugar cane), but for calories. And in the end, my yield was not 0% but more like 25%.

    now this is a scarier scenario for me:
    boucoup inflation on produce which will cause people to eat less healthy options such as processed foods which will directly cause a further decrease in our life expectancy due to obesity and diabetes. We won’t disappear but will rot. Imagine this happens coupled with a sever energy crisis resulting in reduced production of insulin – then we’d have a dire situation given that 9.3% of our population has diabetes and that only 5% of the 29.1M people are type 1.

    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014statisticsreport.html

    this is why i am considering a “Flow Hive” and trying to entice a community in my little urban area!

    https://www.honeyflow.com/

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