We hear it daily – Such-and-such country is getting out of hand we need to BOMB them! So-and-so is under attack we need to BOMB them!
You know what? Let’s not. It’s time for a different kind of bomb to sweep the world. Seed bombs of wildflowers!
Many of you have heard that worldwide bee populations are dying off due to a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has caused up to 40% of our bees to just vanish. Poof. Gone. Why the heck should we care? Bees are pesky, they sting, they steal our picnic goodies. They’re just a nuisance we can live without, right?
WRONG! Here’s a little tidbit for you:
“. . .the U.S. produces more than $15 billion in crops every year that depend solely on bees for their pollination.”
Without bees we have lower food production. Lower food production means less for people to eat. That means starving babies, malnourished children, and third-world conditions. That means the time for action has already passed. We need to start doing things NOW to stay alive. Sounding a bit dooms-dayish? Yes, yes I am. Because bees are an integral part of all life. I happen to enjoy living, so this is an important issue.
This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein, but there is no actual tie to him – no one seems to know who actually said it:
“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
It doesn’t really matter who said it – the second part tells of the importance of bees to society.
Part of what is killing off our bees has been traced to neonics:
“Neonics are made up of seven chemicals, all known to be toxic to the entire food chain.”
According to a Fish and Wildlife report:
“Neonics are toxic to our ecosystem by creating a nonreversible binding action in the nervous system of the invertebrate or vertebrate.”