To Bee Or Not To BeeSubmitted by mdefarge on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 15:24
A flower, fruit, vegetable, herb, or tree
Owes its life to the honeybee;
Maples, sage, beets, berries, and roses,
In turn, feed the bee in ideal symbiosis.
Playing a critical role on the farm,
It's clear the bee must come to no harm.
Plants feed all nature (thanks to the bee) -
Root, stalk, and leaf, fruit, nut, and seed;
They feed human and beast; and,
It's how plants themselves acquire nutrition
Along with compost from animals they fed -
An everlasting cycle of endless breadth...
...A garden and farm are not isolated!
With meadow and forest they're interrelated:
Flower, food crop, insect, and herd,
Mushroom, worm, woodland creature, and bird.
Nor do essential exchanges stop there!
Linked is the state of soil, water, and air.
The bee:plant bond, via pollination,
Is tied to the health of all creation!
All kingdoms, in cosmic harmony,
Resonate with the buzz of the honeybee!
HARK! The honeybee is vanishing fast!
Without it? Life as we know it won't last!
At best we'll subsist...living mostly on grain.
It takes the bee to sustain our food chain.
The BEE, once a creature of veneration
Is now at risk of annihilation!
Industrialized farms and beekeeping methods
Are hastening the specie's flight to "bee heaven."
- Toxic herbicides to kill off weeds;
Then, too, less plants on which bees can feed;
- Toxic chemical fertilization;
- Water source contamination;
- Neuro-toxic pesticides;
- Bees artificially super-sized
(An idea to maximize honey yields);
- Unvaried diet from mono-crop fields;
- Corn syrup food substituted for honey
(Another means to save on money);
- Plastic, not natural, boxes and frames -
To a honeybee's senses, not the same;
- Already strained bees trucked across the nation,
Not to mention away from their own habitation;
- Swarms suppressed, viewed as a debit,
Impairing the bee's instinctive habit;
- Nectar over-stolen;
- Too early honey harvest;
- Over-development, less land to forage;
- Soils depleted, nutrient deprivation;
- Numerous causes of deforestation;
- Swarms that now can't find proper trees;
- Mass production of queens;
- Viral disease;
- Bee immune system degradation;
- Asian varroa mite infestation.
Added to such adversity;
- Decreased genetic diversity,
Drones killed off, deemed expendable;
- Climate change, weather undependable -
Winter warmth inside a hive
Can render it a bee graveyard.
IT'S TOO MUCH!!! Could we plan a better scheme
If we were trying to kill off the honeybee?!
There's so much where bees have no natural defense!
And who knows what affects their homing sense!
Who knows what affects the honeybee's dance!
Power currents? Genetically engineered plants?
Afflicted with so many handicaps,
Bee colonies simply suffer collapse.
The plain fact is this:
Bees are not returning
From pollen and nectar-foraging journeys.
Bees now, world over, just fly off and die.
No one knows why.
With narrow minded education,
Subjects taught in isolation,
So even a country's scientists
May not know of the crucial bee:plant tryst;
With a bee viewed as a commodity,
Not sentient soul, hive a community;
With soil, water, and air defiled;
With bee-stressing challenges so compiled...
Assault on its body, its food, its hive,
How long can the now-fragile bee survive?
Attacks on the bee have been persistent.
Now at stake is our very existence.
How are we handling this dire crisis?
With further bee-enfeebling devices:
Bees are hauled across states for pollination;
New laws allow honeybee importation -
Yes, like clothes, food, appliances, toys, and tv's,
We now import our country's bees!?
But science thinks it has the solution
To fix weakened honeybee constitution:
Breed with modified African bees in a clinic.
Manipulation of nature
Is what's wrong to begin with!
* ALMOST HALF OUR PRECIOUS BEES ARE GONE *
* IT'S TIME TO STOP TRYING TO OUTDO GOD *
In order to help the honeybee thrive:
It needs to call home an all-natural hive.
(Wood, clay, and straw are fine bee material.)
Let bees procreate their own leaders imperial.
Let a hive keep its drones! Drones couple with queens
AND also safeguard the colony.
Colony collapse, also foulbrood,
Are diminished when bees eat their natural food.
When smoking a hive - to aid bee respiration
(non-poisonous) sumac's one recommendation.
As to pre-fabricated foundation grids
That take away honeybees' reason to live;
Bees are WORKERS! (and don't report to us!)
Let them BE bees!
From hives, take just surplus.
"What can I do to help?" you ask.
"Reviving the honeybee's no small task!"
AT ALL COST WE MUST THWART BEE ERADICATION!
Use this list and your imagination to spread awareness!
[ ] Write to newspapers.
[ ] Talk to friends.
[ ] Contact legislators:
o Re: Fostering honeybee re-population
through forest and open space preservation;
o Re: Education on toxic lawn care and
consequence to bee welfare;
o Re: More research to study the situation -
farm methods that need re-evaluation:
to begin with, the practice of mono-crops;
use of toxic products that must be stopped;
genetic engineering - with no means to assess
(or reverse!) maybe far-reaching consequence.
o Re: symposiums with experts whose work is related
to share perspectives and get educated: those in
beekeeping, agriculture, farm/bee technology,
disease control, air and water quality...
o Re: subsidies to help dear beekeepers; and
grants to learn more healthy procedures,
such as proven method of biodynamics.
[ ] It goes without saying: shop organic.
[ ] Contact schools to ensure that Biology
includes the food chain and key role of honeybees.
[ ] Get copies of public tv documentaries:
Tales From The Hive; and Silence of the Bees.
[ ] In masses,
Grow purple, blue, orange, and yellow flowers:
flowering shrubs, trees, and vines on tall bowers.
(Red is hard for bees to spot from above.)
For plants that bees especially love,
contact your county, search the net.
[ ] See that bees' need for fresh water is met.
[ ] Let dandelions be, when they appear.
[ ] Read beekeeper Hubbell's A Country Year.
[ ] Teach children about our wondrous bee!
[ ] "Adopt" a hive at Spikenard sanctuary.
[ ] Don't exterminate unwanted hives!
Call a beekeeper to take them (alive);
to visit an apiary and bee demonstrations;
to book for lectures and presentations.
[ ] Consider part of your bee commission
to advance the idea of more holistic vision.
[ ] BLESS the bee for its pollination,
ensuring us life and earth beautification.
[ ] GIVE THANKS for the gift of the honeybee.
[ ] PRAY for its recovery.
[This was distributed in a course I took.
Permission granted to duplicate.]