Let Them Bee


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Skip James - Bumble Bee
Jessie Mae Hemphill - Honey Bee

You may have heard, bees are disappearing en masse. They are leaving their hives and not coming back and no one really knows why. This phenomenon is known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. Although bee populations have sporadically fluctuated, and there has been a steady decline in the last thirty odd years, this most recent spate of vanishing bees has occurred during the northern hemisphere winter just gone. Bee hives are empty throughout many US states, as well as parts of Canada and Europe. The blame for this is being pointed in several different directions, such as towards parasites, pesticides, genetically modified crops and mobile phone electromagnetic radiation. My all time favourite explanation is that this is the early stages of the Rapture.

Yes, that's right folks, the Christian God is recalling all his creatures back to heaven starting with the humble bee. Soon all that's left roaming the earth will be us sinners. But we shouldn't take CCD lightly (although I do think the fact that the apocalypse has an acronym says a lot about where the human species has gone wrong). No bees means more than just no honey. It's estimated that bees are responsible for pollinating a third of US crops species. In monetary terms that's $15 billion but in real terms, that's a lot less berries. So this post is dedicated to the buzzing bee. Bees, please don't fly away and die. Come back to your hives and make honey, I promise I'll only use my mobile phone when I really need to and never in the countryside.

Independent newspaper Bee article

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