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To Bee Or Not To Bee


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,
Through decomposition,
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.

Do videnja!
Au revoir!

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!


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!"

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.]

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keep bees

for some reason, maybe because I'm alleic to bee stings?, I seem to have plenty of honey bees around here.. could be living on a GMO free county? Hmmm?

The Bearable Lightness Of BEE-ing

Very nice, my friend, mdefarge.

" Every blade of grass, every insect, ant, and golden bee, all so amazingly know their path, though they have not intelligence, they bear witness to the mystery of God and continually accomplish it themselves."
-Feodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


Beeautiful. I love the Tolstoy quote, too.

Thank you, Liberte. I'm reminded of the point about our needing more holistic vision. “A bee settling on a flower has stung a child. And the child is afraid of bees and declares that bees exist to sting people. A poet admires the bee sucking from the chalice of a flower and says it exists to suck the fragrance of flowers. A beekeeper, seeing the bee collect pollen from flowers and carry it to the hive, says that it exists to gather honey. Another beekeeper who has studied the life of the hive more closely says that the bee gathers pollen dust to feed the young bees and rear a queen, and that it exists to perpetuate its race. A botanist notices that the bee flying with the pollen of a male flower to a pistil fertilizes the latter, and sees in this the purpose of the bee's existence. Another, observing the migration of plants, notices that the bee helps in this work, and may say that in this lies the purpose of the bee. But the ultimate purpose of the bee is not exhausted by the first, the second, or any of the processes the human mind can discern. The higher the human intellect rises in the discovery of these purposes, the more obvious it becomes, that the ultimate purpose is beyond our comprehension..." -War and Peace, First Epilogue: Chapter IV

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

.Beeatitudes Of Nature ...

.... 'bear witness to the mysteries of God ...'

BMWJIM's picture

Get my honey 4 miles from the house. God

help us if the bees die. Curse us If we don't find the answer!


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

They know the answer

The EPA and Monsatan have the information right in front of them, positive prove from beekeepers that initial tests were flawed.

Now it's stall and delay at every point, and keep bringing up other crap that has no effect like cell phones, power lines, and whatever else they can throw out.

My only hope as a beekeeper is total collapse of our economy to stop the fascist from poisoning us all. If no oil to produce this garbage then farmers will be forced to return to past practices. Then there will be a real green revolution, we can produce more per acre without Monsatan.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

bump for bees!

honey.... yum...

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Does the public have a right

Does the public have a right to know what chemicals and electronic arrays are being used and unintended consequences on human health and perhaps on the 50% Bee kill rate this year?

AQUIESS INTERNATIONAL INC: Electromagnetic Rainmaking Technology

Yes, we do have a right to know.

Have these people not heard of the butterfly effect? "In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

Well, at least *someone* is being honest about geo-engineering weather/climate manipulation. And honest that it's coordinated with the United Nations.

Thanks for the post and also link to that article. I recently discovered that website myself. GEOENGINEERING EXPOSED (home page): http://chemtrailsplanet.net/

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir