(The title is an homage to boyfriends current favorite Arrested Development quote, but the article is really about Honey Bees)
If you know anyone who is at all concerned with sustainable food you have probably already heard that Honey Bee populations have been in slow decline for many years. I vaguely remember the first time I heard someone make a comment about “all those hippies” being worried about declining bee populations. The comment was overheard from a stranger, so I didn’t feel right replying the truth about the concern. This particular person seemed vexed as to why someone would at all be concerned with such an obnoxious pest. And yes, having been stung numerous times I can agree the bees can be annoying, even more so to those who have fairly severe allergies to bee stings. But I think the point this bee hating stranger was missing wasn’t the fact that “those hippies” were morally concerned about the eradication of a species, but instead the greater impact losing this species would have on our world as a whole.
(A map of the worlds forests that depend on inscet pollination)
If you are interested in bees I highly suggest doing some research and learning more about them. I got a wonderful book for my birthday called The Beekeepers Bible and recently picked up The Back Yard Beekeeper from my library. Hopefully someday soon, I will be settled enough to adopt a couple hives. But until then, I will not kill bees, I will buy local honey and produce and plant as many flowing plants in my garden as possible. And even if you decide that beekeeping is too much work for you, knowing about bees and understanding their importance in the world at large is very important.