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The Incomparable Honeybee and the Economics of Pollination (An RMB Manifesto) (R.M.B. Manifestos) Hardcover – October 15, 2011

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Halter's concise and easily read book is as disturbing as it is awe-inspiring. --Susan Koswan, The Guelph Mercury

It is rich with interesting and humbling facts: bees can count, they can vote, and honey has potent medicinal properties, able to work as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, even an antiseptic. --Nhbs

In this book, Dr. Halter introduces us to the amazing honeybee. Not only do bees have sophisticated social organization and advanced communication and navigation skills, but they vote, dance and have strange sex. The book is written in a conversational style, with a myriad of interesting and often surprising facts (e.g., bees might be able to locate land mines and cure some cancers). The bee provides goodies for humans (e.g., honey, wax, medicines) but their main importance is as pollinators of food plants. Dr. Halter explains how bee populations recently have plummeted due to deforestation, contamination by insecticides, and disease. Our food supply is in peril. Dr. Halter presents a very convincing argument that we need to be doing a better job of looking after planet Earth. This is a good read, both informative and exciting. I thoroughly recommend it. ---- Roger Sands, Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury

A fascinating narrative that exposes the profound importance of the humble honeybee to the well-being of all humans. Yet again Dr. Halter has exercised his ecological vision to interpret a crucial warning from the troubled world of bees. Get on board and be informed by this inspirational read as Dr. Reese takes us on a grand ride through the history of the natural world, exposes the pivotal role of bees in human endeavor and, although presaging decline, offers solutions and hope. --Dr. Christopher J. Weston, Forest Ecology, University of Melbourne

A fascinating narrative that exposes the profound importance of the humble honeybee to the well-being of all humans. Yet again Dr. Halter has exercised his ecological vision to interpret a crucial warning from the troubled world of bees. Get on board and be informed by this inspirational read as Dr. Reese takes us on a grand ride through the history of the natural world, exposes the pivotal role of bees in human endeavor and, although presaging decline, offers solutions and hope. ---- Dr. Christopher J. Weston, Forest Ecology, University of Melbourne

I had always thought I had a thorough understanding of the role bees play in nature. But reading Dr. Reese Halter's book was a shocking revelation of the importance of bees in pollinating a wide variety of crops and plants, and thus their importance to our very survival. With amazing clarity and ease of understanding, Dr. Reese brings to light the vital role of bees in the pageant of all life on this planet. This is a must read for anyone concerned about the relationship of our ecology with our well-being. Thank you, Dr. Reese, for articulating the scientific knowledge in such an easily readable form. --Courtney Milne, Master Photographer, author of The Sacred Earth

About the Author

Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation biologist, syndicated science writer, TV host and father. He is a sought-after public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, through which he regularly visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration and learning. Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

  • Series: R.M.B. Manifestos
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books; Revised and Updated edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926855647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926855646
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Visualize an already out-of-balance planet void of flowers; fruits; seeds; hence, no vegetation; beeswax for multitudinous products and cures from cosmetics to Herpes Simplex & Mental health; medical advances including areas of Oncology, and yes, only a 10-minute training period for the Honeybee to sniff out terrorists in airports; Sound a bit extreme? Did ya know that Dr. Reese Halter is a font of information that everyone inhaling oxygen requires? Well, sit yourselves down, unplug the smart phones and plug into this: We are now in for a serious jarring from our coma comfort-zones if we do not listen to every word in this book. Grab your highlighters. What makes this book delightful to everyone, the unquenchable optimism that Dr. Halter offers for every problem, three answers. Many more in the final chapter for each of us to participate in a regeneration of the Honeybee population. Numerous, simple choices we can all make to ensure theirs and our survival. I am living proof of his devotion to our planet. In a joint effort, we rescued a single Honeybee, an adolescent, why? Because Dr. Halter cares that much....and because I love these complex earth-keepers. Lyric L., Writer
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