|Ancient coin depicting a bee from Ephesus. Stolen from here. Which I'll be reading regularly, I think.|
As a kid, I remember any place with ample pollen being just... filled with bees, particularly honey-bees. Of late, even with a very large garden in my home (we got rid of our backyard, it is just a garden of edible or pretty plants, now), I only see a few bees every few weeks, and sometimes only a few in a couple of months. Honeybees are rare, but I do see more bumblebees. of late. [Note: the last clarifications added after some comments by Mr. Harold Roth.]
I've been reading a couple of interesting articles about the vanishing bees today, and thinking about it:
- The Industry's War on Nature: 'What Are the Bees telling us?'
- Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto's Roundup.
The first link has a mention of 'electromagnetic pollution'... Unfortunately, when I try and look up information on it, it's overwhelmed by a veritable slew of New Age websites... which I don't trust very much. I'm hoping that blog readers may know more about the subject and be able to clue me in to a good place to start looking into it?
The second link simply pisses me off.
Finally, Mr. Bradford suggested establishing local bee hives... Anyone know where I can start learning about bee-keeping? I think that idea is fabulous.