Bad news for bees.
The hive, like a good yoga practice, taught me to be "present in the moment." It turns out that technology often mimics nature
You may be wondering why this all matters. It is important because wild bees and other pollinators are facing similar declines to honey bees. Threats range from pesticides and herbicides to loss of habitat to disease outbreaks and a dramatically changing climate.
This week, there has been a flurry of coverage over General Mills' decision to remove Buzz the cartoon bee from boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios -- for a limited time -- while they help find a solution to unstable bee populations. This campaign is uninformed (at best) and (at worst) is blatantly misleading to consumers. Here's what we need to consider before applauding General Mills.
Buzzing along, providing essential pollination services for both wild plants and cultivated crops, wild bees fulfill many important functions necessary to ensuring we have healthy ecosystems and flourishing agricultural economies. Unfortunately in recent years, we have seen a steep decline in the wild bee populations we depend on so much.
As many as 50,000 honeybees were removed from a Kitchener, Ont. home on Tuesday after they took up residence behind the walls
Bees are endlessly intriguing, and incredibly useful to us -- and not just for honey and wax. If bees disappeared, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to grow much of what we eat. The economic value of pollination services from honeybees alone is estimated at $14 billion in the U.S. and hundreds of millions in Canada.
For centuries, bees have been a steady part of agriculture. However, in the last decade, due to a rather pesky germ and modern day crop management, this stability has been threatened. What's worse is that the impact could lead to less choice at the grocery store and inevitably higher prices. This past week, scientists definitively found the source of the bee population downturn. Unfortunately, it may be a case of too little, too late.
I just read that the Chinese are modifying cow's milk to produce human breast milk. According to a piece on the Natural Society website, "The milk is still undergoing safety tests, but with government permission it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than cow's milk." I don't know what I could possibly add that you're not already thinking. It's almost as bad at Monsanto's hormone-laden Frankenstein of a milk product.