Originally published, June 17, 2015
Eddie: “I have no memory of ever being bit by any kind of bee.”
Slim: [interjecting] “Were you?”
Over the past year as I have completed a nearly eleven month long project of home restoration, I began to note something I had never witnessed before – not to the degree I have seen now – dead bees laying on the ground. Sometimes there is just one, sometimes several – and even on one occasion – several dozen.
Six days from the date I am posting this commentary, I will remember the one year anniversary of the day I moved into my son’s home and began the restoration project, which culminated into a very profitable sale to one very happy family – but now I am back in the home which I call, “the wife’s.”
It has been five weeks since my return, and although I was on my yearly Viet Nam buddies sabbatical for a week with Brother Ray and our friend Leonard – I am now home – and the dead bees are noticeable everywhere. Today it was 111 degrees at about five o’clock p.m. – and I decided to go for a swim. It was refreshing and as I got out of the pool – I was not paying attention – and got stung by a dead bee.
What is causing all of this? Why now? There are many columns all over the internet asking the same questions – and as many trying to answer the question. As for me – I believe that products such as Monsanto’s ‘Round-Up’ have a lot to do with it.
From a GizModo column, Bees Are Dying and We’ll All Pay for It we read;
Bee colonies are still dying, and food may get more expensive as a result.
Beekeepers in the U.S. lost 42.1 percent of their bee colonies between April 2014 and April 2015, according to a recent annual survey. Those losses continue a trend of die offs among bee colonies, which beekeepers say could drastically affect our food supply.
Without bees to pollinate crops, we stand to lose many staple foods that we eat every day, from apples and tomatoes, to onions and berries.
Researchers think CCD is the product of an unfortunate combination of pesticides, parasites, pathogens, and nutritional problems caused by less diversity and availability of sources of pollen and nectar.
Do your own research. I for one have noted the cost of all berries up at least 12% since last year – and I believe that the worst is yet to come.