I love bugs. I find them fascinating and do my best to not cause them harm. My love for bugs started when I was little and would fill my pockets with them much to my mother’s dismay when she would empty out my pockets while doing the laundry and scream bloody murder! My love for bugs continued on as I got older and took an entomology class where I was able to study in detail, their classifications, various forms, life cycles, and environmental roles.
One insect that I took a particular interest in was the honey bee. They live in a matriarchal society where every bee has a job to do. In fact, bees are one of the hardest working insects. Not only are they the producers of honey, but they also go flower to flower pollinating our fruits and vegetables and other wild plants. Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating $15 billion a year in US crops? Everything from apples to oranges, avocados, almonds, broccoli and so many other food crops.
So what do you think would happen if we had no bees? Lower crop yields, increased production costs, and for the consumer, higher food costs. An alarm should be going off right now in your heads! Scary to imagine how the demise of this tiny insect could affect the world’s food sources. And yet, this is exactly what’s been happening. Bee population is on the decline by millions and scientists can’t figure out why. Researchers have termed this rapid bee decline Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and it’s been popping up all over the news.
The documentary, “Vanishing of the Bees” follows David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes, commercial beekeepers from Florida, and takes you from the discovery of CCD to possible causes like systemic pesticides, parasites, and monocultures of crops. They also compare similar CCD situations in France where government officials banned systemic pesticides 10 years ago. While the film points out that there is still has not been one particular cause for CCD, it does give suggestions on how you can help at home. You can watch the film on Netflix or go to vanishingbees.com where you can do a pay-per-view screening.
So how else can you help at home?
– Choosing organic produce, reduce pesticide use at home, plant a garden, create a habitat for bees, visit honeylove.org – a non profit that educates and mentors those interested in becoming urban beekeepers (They’ll also be at the upcoming Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on May 18-19.)
On another note, we’d like to wish Mike C. a super duper birthday! Mike frequents the 5pm class when he’s not down at the courts playing league b-ball!
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