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Dan Rather Reports ~ Buzzkill
This video contains two stories. The one focusing on bees comes first, and it lasts 37 minutes.
"This year marks the highest losses of honey bee populations in the U.S. Some of the country’s biggest beekeepers have lost over 60%. Some say they won’t be able to rebuild their numbers with such high losses and if these kinds of losses continue, the industry may only be able to sustain itself a few more years at most. With one in three bites of food we eat dependent on bees for pollination, will there be enough bees to pollinate the crops this year? The almond orchards in California are the first test where 85% of the world’s almonds come from. Enter a fascinating world of the largest mass pollination event on earth. Producer/Editor - Laura Minnear"
There are different opinions about what is causing the bees to die off. Here are a few additional articles for your consideration. Clearly, whatever is causing this disaster, immediate research and repair is in order.
As I was writing this post, I received one of my daily e-mails from Whole Foods, with a link to this brief but insightful video, “Share the Buzz.” Thanks, Whole Foods!
Bees ~ The New York Times
Click on the photograph of The Right Rev. Mark S. Sisk, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, shown blessing some 15,000 bees (photo by Emily S. Rueb), to reach a series of informative and helpful articles about the importance of bees (June 21, 2012 ~ Science section):
"Long known as the angels of agriculture, honey bees have received global attention due to losses attributed to a combination of factors: Colony Collapse Disorder, mites, deforestation and industrial agriculture. Honey bees provide pollination for crops, orchards and flowers; honey and wax for cosmetics, food and medicinal-religious objects; and inspiration to artists, architects and scientists."
~ Tammy Horn
Purple Sage ~ Teeming with Bees
What you can’t see in this Instagram photograph - taken outside the front door of Neiman Marcus in San Antonio, Texas in May - are the many bees gently swarming over this gloriously blooming, sweet-smelling sage plant (the plant stands a healthy five feet tall). The humming, the heat of the day, and the fragrant smell were intoxicating when I took this photograph.
"Sage comes from the Latin word salvere, which means salvation. It was once so valued by the Chinese that they traded green tea for sage at a ratio of 4 to 1. In Yugoslavia today, fields of sage are planted and harvested like wheat: three times a year for culinary use. Native Americans use it medicinally, mixing it with bear grease to make a salve for skin sores and as an infusion for rubdowns and baths. It is associated with immortality, longevity, and mental capacity."
For more about sage (and other herbs), see Sara’s Superb Herbs: superbherbs.net/sage.htm. Keep in mind, pollinators are inextricably linked to specific plants.