I first heard of colony collapse disorder when I was in middle school, and I’m glad that I wasn’t the only who’s aware of this issue. However, I was also frustrated that being simply aware of the problem wasn’t good enough, people don’t exactly know what they can do to help. The Vanishing of the bees has giving us a few suggestions for the publics to take part in helping the bees.
It was eye opening to know that the problem of bees is also the problem of the monoculture. Nature doesn’t put all eggs in one basket, monoculture destroys the soils, the diversity of species and their habitats, it requires huge amount of chemicals,which makes the products from monoculture are enormously unsustainable. In one word, it is simply not a healthy system. The disappearance of the bees not only pointed out the problem of the abuse of bees but also unveiled this unhealthy system as a whole, the system that we humans had created for growing our food, and the way we force the nature to fit into our habits. Like i said before, humans are the only species that refuse to adopt.
“Bees are indicators of environmental quality. When the bees are dying, something is wrong, and that’s going to affect all of us. ”
-The Vanishing of the Bees
The bee society is one of the most complex and beautifully self-organized civilization on earth, and I think one of the things that makes them so amazing is that they are matriarchal. According to some most ancient mythologies from all around the world, we can found similar beliefs on the idea of female represents creativity and birth, while male symbolizes destructions and war, and as I looked at the benefit of honey to the whole ecosystem, ironic enough, this might be true. There’s a reason why we named our earth “mother nature”. Which brings up another very interesting subject, the rising of the African Killer Bees, it is exactly the natural selection happening in front of our eyes, some said it’s the defense system of bees against the destruction of humans, some said it is a way for nature to balance itself. I think, perhaps when the nature starts learning from human, we should as well participate into this collective wisdom by beeing part of it. Planting wild followers, supporting local honeys and organic farming, etc.
Also, please take a few minutes to watch this very educational and funny video about bees: