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Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It: Bees and other pollinators; how to keep an endangered species from becoming extinct [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Eade , Valentina Eade
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Book Description

"If the bee disappears from the earth, man would have no more than four years to live" Albert Einstein.

This beautifully illustrated edition is meant to educate the reader about the potential extinction of the bees as an indicator of a mass extinction, the last one of which was 65 million years ago. It explains what pollination is, who does it, why its essential to us, what things are threatening our pollinators and what we, as individuals, can do about it.

They have been in existence for over 100 million years, but it has taken us less than 30 years to kill almost 50% of them off. Bees are responsible for pollinating 60% of the world’s food supply. Without them, the human race would face starvation. A worldwide epidemic, it has been called the bee apocalypse by Russia’s president, but it is worse in the United States than any other country. 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.

Among the causes cited for this disaster of epidemic proportions are parasites, the decrease in abundance and diversity of wildflowers, insecticides and genetically engineered foods (GMO’s) that create their own synthetic pesticides which kill bees as well as other insects. But one thing is for certain-- mankind is responsible for the drastic decline in bee population and the United States government is doing nothing about it. On the contrary, the government has taken measures to make the problem worse.

There is more to this delicate 100 million year old evolution of pollination that just honey bees, who were not native to the United States, but imported from Europe and probably originally came from Africa. At least 4,000 species of wild bees are known to exist in North America alone. All of them are at risk, and this book will show you how you can make a difference in saving them, our food supply, and our planet as we know it.

50% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to Bee Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of bees and the environment.

Editorial Reviews


"Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It," written by Kenneth Eade, and illustrated by 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.  Jo Ammons, New York Book Examiner.

"Bless the Bees" is a formidable resource for anyone who is concerned or wants to learn more about the unclear future of bees as a species. This book is informative, well written, well-researched, and highly resourceful. I applaud the author Kenneth Eade for compiling such an excellent reference for readers. - A.C. Haury, Bibliophile Book Reviews
 This beautifully illustrated book should be read by each and every individual living on this planet as the fate of our bee population is of global concern. Without pollination a whole natural cycle would be broken, thus strongly impacting our lives." - Top Books Worth Reading
"The book suggests ways of `fighting back', from buying organic, avoiding GMOs, to working against the powerful chemical lobby and supporting conservation. Getting even more personal, the book takes the resolution to the problem directly into our homes and lets us know what each of us can do to reverse this tragedy.  This is a very important book and one that belongs in the hands of everyone who cares about ecology and the preservation of the bee population that in turn means the preservation of life as we know it on this planet." Grady Harp

From the Author

Two years ago, my wife, Valentina Eade, and I were celebrating our second wedding anniversary in San Francisco, California.  At brunch, on the table, was an informative brochure, telling us about the bee epidemic and that the hotel was keeping hives on their rooftop to help ameliorate the situation.  I had thought that the bee crisis had long passed, and we were both very alarmed over it.  She is a professional photographer.  I am a writer.  So, we both decided to "shake things up" and generate awareness about what is probably the most important environmental and human issue of our lifetime.  She has been all over the world working on her project, and the photographs in this book are of just some of the "friends" we have meet along the way.  We hope you enjoy them and the book, and that it makes you feel as strongly about the subject as we do.

Other books by Kenneth Eade:
A, Bee, See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?
An Involuntary Spy
Predatory Kill

Product Details

  • File Size: 2630 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services; 4 edition (December 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EYOG02A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A call to action September 13, 2013
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The Eades have authored a compelling narrative about these vital creatures and their imminent extinction.. and as a result, ours.

This book is not just another example of another global systemic failure whose origins are too murky or unfathomable to be addressed in any effective way. The origins of the bee population decimation are revealed, and perhaps more importantly, the book shares effective steps any reader can take to begin stemming this heinous attack on humanity's food chain.

As a bonus, the photography presents a poignant series of portraits of these amazing friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another plea for Ecological Conscience September 8, 2013
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Author Kenneth Eade and his wife, photographer Valentina Eade have created a beautiful art book about the bounty of bees and their importance to the existence of the world as we know it. So serious is the progress of our extinction of bees that biologists are calling what we are doing a mass extinction that ranks with the mammoth events of our planets history from the dinosaurs to now.
Few of us may appreciate the gravity of the problem of the use of pesticides on the bee population, and why the existence of bees is necessary for the natural life cycle of our food supply. Pollination of fruit and vegetable blossoms by bees is essential for the creation mature fruits and vegetables, but as we fumigate the air to control pests we believe are endangering our crops, we are simultaneously killing off the honey bees and the pollinating armies of bees so important to our food chain. As the author states, `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.'

The book provides documented facts of how we are destroying the bee population, facts that are serious enough to demand world attention. And in order to make this information more potent the book goes through the types of bees and the functions each provides and these chapters are filled with magnificently beautiful photographs of honey bees, bumble bees, bees on flowers, in tandem with bats, birds and other pollinators (there is a fine art photograph of a humming bird in a bed of blue agapanthus that serves framing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Importance of Bees... September 8, 2013
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This book is filled with information regarding Bees. I never realized how important the roll of bees in nature really is! "Bless the Bees"educates the reader on the different types of Bees and also about the other pollinators. Reading Mr. Eade's book makes me realize that we'd better become aware to the dangers we are facing and act soon to save our bees before it is too late.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect Our Planet November 10, 2013
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I found out about Bless the Bees from a person on the street who was part of an ecological impact awareness organization. He told me that to get a better understanding of the environmental issue I should read this. I'm very glad I did because now I am aware of the personal decisions and changes I can make to improve what's going on.

Average people need to learn about these issues and simply have the desire to protect our planet. Bless the Bees read very forthright and honest. It didn't sugarcoat, but stayed very close to reality. The author, Kenneth Eade, is clearly very knowledge and has expertise on the topic. His prose was pleasant, despite the heavy content of the bee crisis.

I am really glad I took the time to read Bless the Bees and learn about the topic. I think Bless the Bees gave me a healthy and all-encompassing understanding that I can put to good use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Book! November 9, 2013
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Bless the Bees is a condensed study with valuable support links – to aid you in your own research; which examines the decline of the ‘pollinator population’ worldwide.

While this book focuses on the Bee population, it touches on all pollinators and the extinction dangers they face due to [what is largely still being denied by world leaders] the introduction of harmful chemicals produced by the giant Monsanto and others to ‘supposedly’ protect crops [which in my mind is a questionable motive].

The problem with Big Business – is that it’s BIG, and it carries a lot of clout. Money talks! Like most other man-made problems affecting planet Earth and the life on it – we tend not to go into corrective mode until the problem we caused swims up and bites us in the 'arse'!

This is exactly what’s happening now. And unless we do something about – unless we take to heart books like Bless the Bees – we are doomed to suffer the consequences of our actions.

Bless the Bees is a heads-up book for the discerning - detailing the problem, pointing out what must be done to fix the problem; but we have to listen and then ACT!

Together we can make a difference - but our leaders must stop hiding behind 'the almighty dollar'; they must stop protecting 'big corporations' and under-the-table-deals that line their pockets and bank accounts with 'blood-money' and do what is BEST for our planet - our home! Earth is our home - and we're killing her and everything on her - and the indicator that our demise has already begun is evident in the decline of our pollinators like our Bees!

I like this book – it’s condensed, and quickly and easily identifies the problem areas and points out what must be done if we are to be saved.

Read the book. Take it to heart. Then ACT!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars bees are essential
Very interesting book. I am much more aware of the issues now and have started to plan the garden flowers with this in mind. Thanks
Published 4 months ago by Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with information
thanks for writing this book! I have ordered a copy to share with friend Now I know why I raise bee's
Published 6 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Anyone Concerned About Bees
You've most likely heard the issues that bees are facing, or you have read about many dying off thanks to news bits here and there. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jorge Alberto Orduna
3.0 out of 5 stars thorough treatment of topic
Author was thorough in his discussion of the topic. Very "academic" in tone - this might put off some readers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin Covey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shocking Account of Possibly the Decline of Mankind
You must read this book. The author has presented this looming disaster in easily understandable terms, and has given the reader a possible solution to the Colony Collapse... Read more
Published 8 months ago by 5Rivers Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
I received a copy of Bless the Bees for a fair and honest review.

Bless the Bees is a formidable resource for anyone who is concerned or wants to learn more about the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bibliophile Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars To Bee or Not to Bee WILL Affect Thee!
This book motivates a person to pitch in his/her grain of sand, unifying together, to cause a system change. Eye opener! Read more
Published 9 months ago by LeoAutoFx
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Think Bees Are A Pest, Think Again
Everyone panics when a bee is buzzing around, but the fact is, these little helpers are vital to our existence because they are vital to the existence of our food source. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ophelia Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!!!
Im a teacher and enjoyed the book very much, I will pass it on. alsoI ordered a copy for the whole class to read. Look forward to next book.
Published 10 months ago by DG
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
This book really gave me an amazing perspective on the world of bees, and how much they mean to us and the environment. A must read!
Published 10 months ago by JT
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More About the Author

Best Selling Author Kenneth G. Eade is an international business lawyer, based in Los Angeles, California, specializing in international law, Internet Law, transactional and corporate law, complex business litigation, securities litigation, Contract Law, General Commercial and Business Law Matters, Licensing Agreements, and Mergers & Acquisitions. He is a member of the Bar of California, the federal District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. His previous experience over the past 30 years includes licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities, collections, real estate, and bankruptcy. He holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. He is also an accomplished filmmaker and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Mr. Eade was recently presented with a plaque by Martindale Hubbel for his 30 years of service to the community as a California lawyer. In his 30 years' of practice, Mr. Eade has championed thousands of causes for individuals for their civil liberties and freedoms, and advocated the rights of small businesses and individuals against large special interest groups. On September 8, 2013, his new book, "Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It" became a number one best seller. His first novel, "An Involuntary Spy" has been critically acclaimed, nominated for a 2014 Rone Award, and has also become a number one best seller in three categories. His second novel, "Predatory Kill," was launched in May 2014 and has hit the top ten in four bestseller categories.



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