Since cell phones are on the list of
What we can
possible apis foes, you might consider
talking less on those essential devices.
Sorry, that is a crazy idea. How about
an easier solution, such as reducing your
use of pesticides, genetically modified
crops and radiation?
Anyway, May 29 will be a great day to
generations, beekeeping remains a
one bug can be held responsible for colony
buzz about bees. By that time, the chance
traditional part of country life. Hives still
of a snowstorm ought to have passed. It
Even the most cynical among us must
dot the rural landscape. There are still many
“Only by realizing the cause of their
will be a fitting occasion to think of bees,
admit that, every so often, our politicians
apiculturists who work with the little
disappearance can we affect our actions,
while the flora all around us begins to
do get it right.
creatures that have been around since at
behaviour and attitudes towards an insect
burst into new life. If you hear a buzzing
We are speaking here, of course, about
least 6000 B.C.
that, I would argue, beyond all other
sound, that is a good sign.
the Prescott-Russell united counties’
Most of us have a basic knowledge of the
domesticated animals and plants has been
And, if you ate today, thank a farmer,
council endorsement of a suggestion that
life of bees.
the most influential, and important to the
and a bee.
May 29 be declared Day of the Honey Bee.
development and advancement of
This is a serious matter, particularly for
unlucky at love, consider the brief existence
Humanity across the globe,” declares
themany beekeepers who have been stung
Ekdahl on a website promoting his Bee
by colony collapse disorder. Apiculturists
before they die.
“Mankind has learned in the time since
for years, but the general public has been
You have to pity the drones. Once they
many fascinating things about Honey Bees,
unaware of the mayhem that has been
mate with the queen bee, they are dead,
however, if we knew or fully understood
taking place in hives.
literally. (Please feel free here to joke among
what was killing Honey Bees in such
People who are sweet on these tiny
yourselves about the parallels between bee
alarming numbers, I would not be where I
honey producers note that bees are akin to
and human mating rituals.)
am today asking for – no — begging for,
the proverbial canary in the mineshaft. If
However, there is little funny about the
the bees are in trouble, better reserve a seat
decrease in bee colonies. The Canadian
He warns: “The true value of the Honey
Association of Professional Apiculturists
Earth is going to be toast!
fears that losses may have become
amounts or even inmetric tonnes of honey.
unsustainable. “This means that if they
a little hyperbole is warranted if it helps
continue to die as they are, there will be
if the Honey Bee continues to die as they
drawattention to the plight of apismellifera.
serious negative consequences for our
are, the saga of Humanity on this planet
These tiny creatures are responsible for 70
will be jeopardized.” He frets that there
The Special Olympics program will
per cent of food crop pollination, county
will be a food shortage.
benefit from a collection Hawkesbury
economic development director Sylvain
So, what can you do? He urges everyone
Ontario Provincial Police officers and
Charlebois noted in recommending the
on the cause of the sudden death of bee
to support the movement for a worldwide
auxiliary members will hold Saturday,
Day of the Honey Bee proclamation.
colonies around the world. Some of the
Bee Day. It is sort of important: “It will be
April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Your
Honey Bee Day movement leader
possible culprits are cell phones, pesticides,
this step, the first in many, which may
Independent Grocer, Frescho, LCBO and
Clinton Shane Ekdahl, of Saskatoon, has
genetically modified crops, pollution,
Zellers in Hawkesbury.
been waxing eloquent about bees for some
radiation, or a combination of some or all of
What else can be done? Well, those
“Adopt An Athlete” is the theme of the
time now. He wants to raise awareness
colony-killing mites are not easy to detect
drive which will help send athlete to the
about the value of the honey bee, warn the
Many in the knowpoint to amightymite,
and eradication efforts ought to be left to
Special Olympics in Kingston in May,
world about its demise and convince
the single-celled Varroa destructor, a
professionals, plus there are trespassing
relates Nick Musacchio, one of the
governments everywhere to formally
parasite that has been blamed for the
laws that must be respected.
organizers of the event.
recognize the problem.
decimation of thousands of hives.
A hands-off approach may be advisable
It costs about $500 per athlete to
While agriculture has evolved over the
But there is no still no consensus that this
for the many non-beekeepers out there.
compete in the competition.
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