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Does Lack of Bees, Mean Much to Humans?

About 2 years ago I saw a T -Shirt with a huge picture of a bee on the front and the words "give bees a chance" written all around it. . I thought it looked really 'cool' but the T-shirts were not available for sale. They were a prize for a competition, and the final date for it had passed.

I wouldn't have thought any more of it if I hadn't heard someone soon afterwards talking about the bee population dying..Why are they dying? and does it matter much to us anyway? I realise pollination is important, that life is connected to other life all over the planet, so I decided to look into it. .

It seems that a change in behaviour of a bee virus could be causing the collapse of some honeybee colonies in Britain. No-one seems to know exactly why the bee population is decreasing. What the British Beekeeping Association do know is that a serious lack of bees, if it ever comes to that, would have serious consequences for all of us humans.

These little creatures that we may chase away from us for fear of being stung play a vital role in our environment through pollination. For example, in early Spring bees are the only pollinators (in any great number) that pollinate some early flowering crops. .So without bees these crops would be lost. In the United States beekeepers are government funded to varying degrees , so they have a good chance, but in Britain there is no government funding and many beekeepers are having to give up their work. Strange isn;t it, the small businessman gets it in the neck yet again

I discovered that even though we don't know why some bee colonies are collapsing, there is already a word for it., well 3 words, actually. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) after the collapse of many colonies during the winter of 2006--07.

Of course not all crops are dependent on bees for pollination and some fruit e.g. strawberries only need bees for 10% , but apples need bees for 90% of their pollination.

So what is really happening to our bees??The experts are sure it has something to do with disease and different viruses but that sounds rather vague, don't you think? Changes in weather patterns may also be a cause. So could pesticides. Whatever the reason it is not going to be resolved easily.

What a pity, because we're increasingly gaining knowledge of how valuable honey can be.. It's not only good to eat but is an excellent anti-inflammatory.It's being used more and more in dermetology and even helps to heal skin after surgery, sometimes.

I am no expert on the value of honey-bees that give us honey nor am I an expert on the pollination of plants or what will happen to some of our plants and flowers if bees continue to decrease in numbers. (After all, remember, I was merely attracted to a T- Shirt with a play on words from a John Lennon song.. 'Give peace a chance') but I do care very much about our environment. I see our planet suffering , polluted rivers of dead fish,etc.,

Most of us have become used to re-cycling as much as possible, even though it can be a nuisance sometimes to seperate our glass bottles from plastic ones, seperate paper and cardboard, tins and goodess knows what else. , But at least we are trying to do our individual little bit to keep our earth alive and healthy. As for keeping the bees alive and healthy, I hope someone works out what needs to be done before it's too late.

In the meantime we can all continue to do our best , however little it seems to be to protect Mother earth., otherwise I dread to think what our great grandchildren are going to inherit..As John Lennon said 'give peace a chance' or we'll all be killed. Give bees a chance , and the rain forests and the seal popullation and giant pandas... None of us want our earth to become unlivable in, do we? We've put a few men on the moon but it's a long way from being ready to cope with a mass migration of people trying to escape from a ruined earth to live on another planet...Love and peace, earthlings. !

These little creatures havve the potential to help us find cures for cancer and HIV,  but we´re  killing them anyway.
These little creatures havve the potential to help us find cures for cancer and HIV, but we´re killing them anyway.

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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Hi Dim - as always, you touch upon topics that are so essential! I find that as we grow more, the bees, the butterflies and the birds just keep increasing in numbers around our home. But we're fighting a losing battle - a patch of green holding out against a fast encroaching concrete jungle in the heart of tow! :(

However, I like to believe that someday....Imagine.....


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Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain Author

Imagine.....John Lennon again trying to imagine all the people living life in peace.. Thanks for reading and getting back to me.


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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

This development with bee populations is a disturbing trend in the food chain. If the essential pollinators of the animal kingdom can't pollinate our food supply, what ever will we eat?

I've heard this bee problem is epidemic. Why don't we hear more about it? Thank you for the gentle reminder to be better caretakers of our planet. Cheers!


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Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks for the feedback wannabwestern. If we all just do our little bit....... but a you say if we don't hear about it we can't help. Take care.


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The10DollarMark 7 years ago

The human population (like most animals) believes that all the earth belongs to them. It's only natural. However, with our rapid expansion, smaller animals barely stand a chance without some sort of government help.

The reason why bees are dying? People don't appreciate them. They don't all know what good bees can provide to this world - they just think "bees? honey and getting stung." Bees do so much more, but they keep getting forgotten. And if they're forgotten, no one bothers to make sure they have a habitat to live in.


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Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank very much for that feedback. I'm glad I'm not the only one cencerned about the bees.

I've recently heard we're losing lots of bats too. Not the vampire kind


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Bees in South Africa are also suffering and the immediate, direct consequence to me is the skyrocketing price of honey, which I love! I used to keep bees and they have a special place in my heart. They are also, as you state, extremely important in the eco-system.

I love the slogan "reduce, re-use, re-cycle." We should be more economical in our use of resources, re-use whatever we can and what we can't re-use we must re-cycle. We cannot go on treating our world as if it were just one giant rubbish dump!

Thanks for sharing a great Hub as usual.

Love and peace

Tony


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks very much for the feedback , Tony.

love and peace too

Dim


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I have a great friend Burt. I wrote his last name but deleted it. He's such a recluse. I'll do a hub on him one day. Can you guess which "Bee" Burt this is?


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

No c an't guess. Need more hints....


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Yo Dim! Burt's Bees- Burt. I have a hub made up to be published soon. God bless Dim!


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

look forward to Burtt´s Bees. God bless you too


John Harding 5 years ago

My name is John Harding and I have found the answer and solution to stop honeybees dying.

It is nothing to do with any man-made product.

Honeybees were dying before any pesticides, mobile phones, G M crops or whatever you care to mention was manufactured.

Below, in two parts are the reasons why.

First part is an extract from my book.

The second is from a proof copy leaflet that was presented by myself to all delegates of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) Conference held in the UK on the 29th January 2011.

Please enjoy reading and realise honeybees have been dying for centuries.

Kind regards

John

First part;

I am sure you are aware of the plight of the Honeybee worldwide. Beekeepers need an answer. Initially Apiarist worldwide was putting the blame for the Honeybee demise on the doorstep of the Chemical and Mobile Phone Industries.

Honeybees are dying out at an alarming rate with no one knowing why. Pesticides, CCD, GM crops, Climate change, Mobiles, Global warming or perhaps someone or something to blame would be acceptable to everyone.

There are many possibilities being put forward but as yet, no answers. The parasitic mite called Varroa is not helping matters with its contribution.

However there are two common denominators why Honeybees are dying worldwide. A short explanation first.

Chemical companies are investing millions worldwide in Universities, Scientists, Professors, Doctors, Institutes, Beekeeping Organisations and whoever, so they just might find a chemical or bacterial answer for the parasitic mite called Varroa that is sweeping the continents devastating Honeybees. Mobile Phone Companies are in denial not wanting the blame.

Chemical companies need an answer whether it is one or the other so they may recoup their investment and profit from beekeepers worldwide in selling their product.

Was Albert Einstein right in his alleged statement? “If Honeybees die out then mankind will follow 4 years later” the chances are that it won't be 4 years due to other foods such as rice being available but it will happen eventually as honeybees do pollinate 35% of what we eat.

Once Honeybees are gone, Honeybees are gone for good!

I am a beekeeper of 30 years` experience, keeping up to 300 beehives, until 6 years ago. I have invented beekeeping equipment in that time that I am proud to say, does bare my name, “The Harding Queen Rearing System using Two Queens” and “The Harding Mini Nucleus Complete System” (as seen on the internet website for BIBBA). These are an inclusion of this book, Chapter Three & Five.

During my life's work things happen and you wonder at nature, how perfect is the Honeybee micro-world, why would you want to change it and yet mankind unknowingly has changed the Honeybees perfect 200 million year existence to what mankind wants.

My beekeeping puzzle is based on observation and logic over the past 30 years with each piece complimenting the next, eventually creating a picture and discovering;

“The answer and solution to the Holy Grail of beekeeping”.

I have always thought there was a natural way to treat the parasitic mite Varroa. After 18 years without treatment of any chemicals or sugar in my hives I have found the answer and it is a “World Exclusive!“

It didn't start with the Varroa mite 20 years ago, what the Varroa mite did was escalate the problem to what beekeepers had done worldwide, but it did bring it to the attention of the media and mainstream public in the last few years causing an over re-action due to Albert Einstein’s alleged quote.

Honeybees started dying out when man found honey, tens of thousands of years ago when man wanted to domesticate Honeybees to harvest honey, putting them into logs, boxes, skeps eventually beehives but taking them away from their natural source of survival and requirements, which keeps their delicate micro-environment alive.

The first common denominator for the demise of Honeybees is……… Mankind! Well, Beekeepers now and in the past!

So what is the second common denominator?

“I have found a natural phenomenon, the bees need it to survive to complete their micro-existent world, and is free. I am the first person in the world to combine Honeybees with this phenomenon, so you can imagine how the chemical companies are going to react after spending millions around the globe. I have approached Universities and Beekeeping Organisations here, in the UK, and abroad with my hypothesis but due to the infiltration of funding from chemical companies or others, University Scientist, Professors or Scholars are unable to take my hypothesis due to inevitably losing their precious funding or being biased to a chemical or bacterial answer”.

Yes! It is topical, political and controversial! One single person taking on the might of a billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry and the Hierarchy of the Beekeeping World with every beekeeper past and present being the reason for their demise and the answer being a natural phenomenon which is free.

CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) in the USA is also down to Mankind for the demise of their Honeybees having the same problems as us but with one extra reason that is only in the USA.

Whatever you think after you have read my book, I will not be popular with any beekeeper, scientist, professor or anyone looking for a chemical or bacterial answer, but may, just may, stop Honeybees dying out worldwide.

That will be pleasing in itself. I am just a passionate beekeeper that has found an answer and solution. This book is a small part of the invisible world of the mysterious Honeybee that is disappearing too quickly.

"Albert Einstein did not say that famous quote about mankind dying out. It was a misquote from Albert “N” Stein an American beekeeper of the same era as Albert Einstein. However with accent, dialect and poor communication at that time it was misunderstood".

Second part;

"An HOLISTIC Way in Saving The Honeybee"

Available from

Books Illustrated (Lower High St Stourbridge)

Northern Bee Books UK

"http://www.groovycart/beebooks"

For discussion at the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) Conference

held at the University Of Worcester on the 29th January 2011.

Varroa-still a problem in the 21st century?

Introduction

My name is John Harding, I have kept, researched, experimented, observed and used logic and common sense in trying to keep as much to nature as possible while keeping Honeybees. During the last 30 years I have invented bee equipment that does bare my name. I have not used sugar or chemicals for the past 18 years, due to the first approved licensed treatments killing a percentage of my queens.

I hoped that one day I would find a natural remedy for the parasitic mite Varroa.

This, I have now done.

Explanation

We know that Honeybees have been on this planet for 100 to 200 million years depending which book you read, so bees have evolved with planet earth. This has brought with it changing climates, polarity change, a change in continents with moving earth plates and a change in flora. In all that time dealing with disease, mites, intruders and any other alien insect or animal, even man.

Habitat

During this time, their home has been in hollow trees, caves or covered protected position so they may get away from draughts, rain or severe weather to build their amazing honeycomb nest that is kept to an accurate temperature +_ 1 degree to raise the numbers required for survival both in summer and winter.

Mankind

Thousands of years ago man found honey. Due to the Honeybees perilous home positions being high in a cave or high up in a tree, man decided to re-home the Honeybee into logs, boxes, skeps and then beehives so as to make it easier to harvest honey. A form of domestication.

Has Man made a difference?

No, except for realising a unique space (Langstroth) that Honeybees respect meaning we as beekeepers can inspect our colonies with frames rather than killing off the bees that were in a skep over a sulphur pit. This observation only happened 150 years ago. Queen excluders were also inve


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you for that mass of information. Pleased to meet you on hubpages


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dim great thoughts! I watch as the Bee's come around in the spring and it reminds me how needed and important they are. I am highly allergic and carry an epi pen when I am outside but it will never stop me from enjoying the garden,flowers and the bee's around our home. We have to be mindful of God's creation.

Sunnie


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Absoutely. Thank you. Nothing was created without having a purpose Every creature has a job to do.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Well what I have begun to notice is that when one species dies out they really are not dying out, they are metamorphasizing to make a better species. Perhaps this is what they are doing in this time.

In my lawn I have gone and found white clover seeds and planted them in my lawn. I know the bees love them. It is funny though because most people want to pick them out of their pristine grassy lawns and yet I want to plant them to bring back some bees that we also have lost.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Love your comment. l also left the dandylions in my lawn for the same reason. They've died out now. It didn't bother me to see dandylions for a while if it helps the bees.

Interesting thought about metamorphasis, though.

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