Friday, May 9, 2008

Tiny prophets

If we listen closely, there's a small voice in the wilderness, calling out to us, warning of a coming transformation.

No, it's not John the Baptist. It's America's honey bee, dying by the millions, prophesying the demise of the country's fruit and vegetable supplies. More than a hundred crops rely on bee pollination for survival, yet bees are dying off by the millions -- 90% of the feral bee population has died -- due to a mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder. No doubt it is due to man's interference with delicate natural goings-on, and his extreme disrespect for the Earth herself. The health of the planet is being sacrificed on the the altar of corporate ignorance and greed.

A really amazing documentary called Vanishing of the Bees is in the works. Check out the trailer here. Seriously, check it out.

If this war and those to follow, global warming, environmental toxins, inaccessible health care, the credit collapse, the burning of the Constitution, the destruction of community, apocalyptic Christian Zionism, the lies and deceptions and ugliness and hate and greed of this current administration, and the next, aren't enough to cause self-examination and a commitment to change, this may very well be the thing that gets our attention.

Albert Einstein said if honey bees become extinct, human society will follow in four years.

Pre-e-e-pare ye the way of desolation and death. . . .


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7 comments:

Swiss Miss said...

I read today that bats are dying off in the Northeast and scientists can't figure out why. Harbingers indeed, but of what, I don't know.

Jay said...

On the one hand this is very alarming, because we do depend on bees in a way that most people don't understand ... on the other, it's true that many species have had crises and weathered them. The bee is vulnerable to all kinds of viruses and parasites and bacterial infections - I have a book somewhere titled 'Diseases of the Honey Bee' which came from my father's collection of entomology books. Thankfully, viruses generally do not wipe out a whole species, no matter how virulent. And once a few bees become immune, there's hope.

Swiss Miss said...

The death of the honeybee would be the biggest indictment against Monsanto's genetically-modified pollen and pesticides, but the media dare not say it. Corporations are killing us slowly.

T.R. said...

I agree with Swiss Miss...something wicked this way comes...

Jacques Poirier said...

I saw a PBS documentary on that topic ; was it on on NATURE?. Bees and Mexican aliens have been doing our dirty work for so long that I too see a picture of decadence, dirt and decay for this lovely country.

The13th said...

Here's a nice little basement Save the Bees song and video by Ralph Buckley (found midpage)....

http://www.13videos.com/pages/hive6-pollen.html

Marie said...

Cute video, 13th. I especially love Ralph's buzzing sounds!