On Bees and Popcorn

I’m kind of surprised that the vanishing of the bees is still an issue considering how many years it’s been since the dates mentioned in the documentary, but at the same time, kind of not, considering nothing much has really changed since the release of the documentary of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. Not that bees suddenly and strangely dying isn’t disturbing, but graphically killing dolphins does seem like a very in-your-face kind of a problem. Like oh my god people are killing dolphins we have to stop them, whereas bees are mysteriously dying which means we might not be able to eat in the next thirty years but hey, we can fix that later.

It seems like such a surprise that the beekeepers didn’t try to investigate Monsanto earlier – in hindsight it seems so obvious; you put poison on your crops to keep away pests, there’s nothing really stopping the poison from killing off insects that benefit you. (Then again, everything in hindsight seems obvious.) It could be possible to develop pesticide that only targets certain species, but we should be moving forward in a direction that utilizes less pesticide altogether. (Even if it might drive up the prices of food for awhile.)

Though the documentary itself is interesting, honeybees can’t be the only insect around to pollinate the monocultures. There must be other pollinators in nature. I feel that if beekeepers are so concerned over their bees, they ought to stop bringing them by pesticide-ladened farms. That way, beekeepers can keep their bees safe.

Anyway, it was a fun class that day. The speaker was pretty cool (I was honestly not expecting anybody close to our age. It feels good knowing that somebody out there is trying to make a difference) and the popcorn was definitely eye-opening. The presentation on the preparation of the popcorn was cool, but wow. The popcorn. One of my friends has digestion problems so she’s pretty careful about buying organic food, but I never really thought about what a huge difference it would make until that bag of popcorn. I’d say it’s a bit like the difference between eating thawed out fish and fish was beheaded right before cooking, but I am less likely to come across another bag of popcorn like that one. I probably won’t for awhile, and while it’s not even a huge loss, it kind of still feels like one.

source of photo: http://beneficialbugs.org/bugs/Honeybee/honey_bee.htm

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