“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
This quote has been attributed to Einstein, but not proven that he actually did or did not say it. A friend sent this to me, so I had to do a little research. As much as I would like to say that this statement is true, it really isn't. The University of Georgia reports that "If there were awards for the most-quoted article in the pollination canon, it would have to go to S.E. McGregor for his 1976 statement that, “it appears that perhaps one-third of our
total diet is dependent, directly or indirectly, upon insect-pollinated plants.[i]” This is the proof text behind the popular paraphrase, “honey bees are responsible for every third bite of food we eat.” Think about that...honey bees being responsible for every 3rd bit of food you eat! Although again I would love this to be true, it really isn't either. Pollination and food supplies are not a "global" problem. Many life sustaining crops (grains, rice, etc) do not need insect pollination. How does this relate to us? Well, although it may not be true that we would only have 4 years to live without our bees (and who wants to live without bees?), it is true that many of the popular crops now NEED bee pollination! Like your morning cup of coffee? Need bees. Love a snack of almonds or the wonderful new dairy-free almond milk? Need bees. We may not need bee pollination to survive, but they sure make life a lot more tasty! Don't forget the sweet nectar of HONEY they provide!
So I can't get onboard with these famous quotes on us dying without bees. What I do know is that we have a lot to do with the problems with bees today. Pesticides, erosion of topsoil, the lure of $$$ over sustainability...THESE are your big problems with our pollinators. Buy smart people!! It is better for you now, the bees future and yours depend on it!
We are booked up for our CSA program! Bless you all who have supported us! Tim has been checking bees everyday in this nice weather and all the large hives survived. Even those devastating 2 weeks of -20 or worse temps! Just as we have to take responsibility for the problems we cause, we can rejoice in the fact that healthy bees will survive. Oh, and Tim got his first bee sting of the year the other day! Protecting the hive at all costs, and he was just looking! He wasn't wearing his bee suit or have any calming smoke with him. Big guy looked threatening so he got a warning shot. Have to admit, it was a bit funny. He gets stung all the time really, but you should have heard him whine about the first one! LOL!
Enjoy your Monday and support your bees!
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane, Stay Happy!