In giving thanks for your food before starting to eat your dinner, do you have stop for a second and think about bees? Yes, bees. We rarely take into consideration the importance of the existence of bees, their role in pollinating flowers, thus helping with food production. It is not only the farmer who grows the vegetables and fruits that deserves your gratitude, not only the companies, the producers, the drivers, and shop owners. Putting food on your table is a complex chain of actions that actually starts with our small black and yellow friends.
“Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It,” written by Kenneth Eade, and illustrated by his wife, Valentina Eade, can be considered a manifesto for the survival of bees. The pressing issue of bees’ extinction is something that should concern the entire population of planet Earth, given that each and every individual’s life depends on the fate of our bees. Were it for pollination to disappear, a whole natural cycle would be broken, and thereby our lives would change dramatically.
The author provides a series of documented facts which are meant to help readers better understand how we are contributing to the bee population’s decline. Some of these facts are frightening and they should make us reconsider our actions’ impact on the environment. Take, for example, the following statistics: “Since 1972, feral honey bees in the United States have declined 80% to near extinction, and domestic bees in the United States are down to 60%. Since 2006, the epidemic has been referred to as colony collapse disorder, describing the disappearance of entire colonies of bees.”
Apart from the negative effect of mankind's actions, a few other causes of bees’ extinction are: the decrease in number and variety of wildflowers, natural parasites, the use of insecticides and pesticides, and genetically engineered foods.
Buy your own copy of “Bless the Bees” and help the bee population! 50% of the royalties of this book will be donated to a non-profit organization called “Bee Bay” whose main purpose is to preserve bees and the environment. Find “Bless the Bees” on Amazon.