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Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It Kindle Edition
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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!
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!), so that the chapters that follow - showing airplanes spraying pesticides and insecticides and fungicides and herbicides that are driving the extinction of these necessary creatures into extinction - all the more poignant.
The book suggests ways of `fighting back', from buying organic foods, avoiding genetically engineered foods and all processed foods (there is an excellent chapter devoted to the case against Genetically Modified Organisms) to working against the powerful chemical lobby and supporting conservation supported preserves. And 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, September 13
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.
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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