There’s no question that the ongoing population decline among bees is a growing concern world-wide. Without their viable contribution, this endangers society and, ultimately, the planet. Yet, what is the true origin of this escalating problem? Many point to the rise in the use of chemicals and other pollutants. Notably, impacts from genetic modified organisms (GMOs) also seem to lurk on the upper crust of this disturbing issue. Yet, its direct implications on industry highlights the true crux of this seemingly unresolved matter.
In the March 28, 2013, edition of Mother Jones, Damian Carrington’s article “Study: Pesticides Make Bees Forget the Smell of Food” advocates that certain pesticides impact memory and other central functions of a bee’s nervous system. Without solid neurological mobility, these malfunctions directly contribute to disengaging Nature’s processes from flowing in smooth operation. His article also asserts that European Councils, such as the European Food Safety Authority, also attest to the growing dangers in using certain pesticides. Global Research discusses at length how GMOs have undercut the bee population around the globe in Brit Amos’ article “Death of the Bees. Genetically Modified Crops and the Decline of Bee Colonies in North America.”
The official December 2012 website and Animal Planet’s featured article “Diminishing Bee Populations” reminds us of a critical warning provided by Albert Einstein: “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.” They and other sources also actively advocate that enhanced technology is a contributing factor. It is a sobering reminder that advancement does not also preclude us from the need to grant Mother Nature the respect and care she deserves and requires.
To that end, the spiritual underpinnings of this discussion need and deserve to be featured here. Regardless of any one direct cause, it’s evident that accepted mainstream processes and systems have sought to both, undermine and supersede Mother Nature’s wisdom. In this regard, it is foolhardy to consider any sentient being as maintaining or surpassing an equivalent capability level to that entity which fostered our world’s creation. Such attitudes also speak abundant disrespect to the creative craft that is our World and Universe. Many illustrious scientists advocate that they were inspired to their profession by a sense of wonder and awe, rather than an egoic pursuit of altering what enables each one of us to survive. Such respectful cautions for life are advocated by notable scientists, Physicist David Suzuki and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
PR Newswire reported in late January on a fundraising event this past February featuring “Vanishing of the Bees”, which was supported by Bee Native, The Honeybee Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The article also spotlights director George Langworthy’s poignant reminder to us about the vital role of our bees’ survival for directly engaging growth in our food supply. For more information on how to support current efforts, please contact the Honeybee Conservancy.