Be action on behalf of the bees.  There may still be time to save the bees by making sure their absence does not become the second “Silent Spring.”  If you have not heard, bees are dying in droves, and their hives are collapsing thanks to us consumers.  But, first, let us revisit the first “Silent Spring”.

In 1962, Rachel Carson published her book Silent Spring in which she wrote–

The history of life on earth has been a history of interaction between living things and their surroundings…Considering the whole span of earthly time, the opposite effect, in which life actually modifies its surroundings, has been relatively slight.  Only within the moment of time represented by the present century [20th] has one species man acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.

Rachel Carson' Silent Spring
Rachel Carson’ Silent Spring (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Badly, we must add.  She went on to say, “The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.  This pollution is, for the most part, irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life bu in living tissues is for the most part irreversible.”

So what can we do?  We can start by refusing to buy products that contain lethal ingredients.

Join Friends of the Earth in spirit at least by voting “no” with your pocket book (see below).  Or become more active by joining them as a member and/or by spreading the word that we must stop the second “silent spring”–from song bird to buzzing of the bees.

A growing body of science points to neonicotinoid pesticides as a key factor in the global die-off of bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder.  In response to this serious matter, the European Union has banned neonics; and a majority of the largest home improvement retailers (e.g., Homebase, B7Q, and Wickes) of the United Kingdom  have made a public commitment to no longer sell products containing pesticides linked to declining bee populations.  BEEaction

The following neonic chemicals are killing the bees–

  • Acetamiprid
  • Clothianidin
  • Dinotefuran
  • Imidacloprid
  • Thiamethoxam

Please check these ingredients on products in your home or at your local garden center and do not use them.

Be bee safe, bee aware, bee vigilant, bee vocal, and a bee activist.  Here is another “Why?”  The “bee-friendly garden plants we have been buying are laden with the bee-killing pesticides!

Tell your nursery to make sure the following bee-friendly plants do not contain neonicotinoids!  Check out the 400 bee-friendly plants.  Do the research, and call your nursery in advance.

For the pollinators; wildflower list, click on Wildflower List.

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.  No more bees, no more, pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.–attributed to Albert Einstein (some claim he never said it.  Therefore, why did Einstein draw a bee?  Remember, all geniuses have their distractors.)

The problem remains:  if our plants contain the pesticides that eventually kills of bees, what remains?

Bits and pieces of information about farmers’ concerns for bee disappearance (or colony collapse disorder) in 24 states around the U.S. have bubbled up to the surface, over the last year and a half, but hardly any large-scale media attention has been drawn to this potentially serious problem. Recently bees have gone missing from hives around Europe as well. The East Coast of the U.S. is reporting a 70% loss in commercial bee hive habitation, the West Coast 60%; these figures are staggering.–

einstein and bees

The photo above looks photoshopped; but whether or not there is an Einstein theory on bees is not really the issue.  The conservative UK “The Telegraph” reported in 2011 that “almost a third of global form output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees,” and points out that “the agri-business lender Rabobank said the numbers of US bee colonies failing to survive each winter has risen 50 30 pc to 35 pc from an historical norm of 10pc.  The rate is 20pc or higher in much of Europe, and the same pattern is emerging in Latin America and Asia…The reservoir of bees is dwindling to the point where ratios are dangerously out of kilter, with the US reaching the “most extreme” imbalance. Pollinated crop output has quadrupled since 1961, yet bee colonies have halved. The bee-per-hectare count has fallen nearly 90pc.”

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