March 25, 2020/Bee

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” Albert Einstein
                                                                                                    

The recent concerns over a significant and mysterious decline in the population of pollinating honeybees (a phenomenon attributed to everything from global warming to insecticides to radiation from cell phone towers, and now thought to be the result of a fungus) has to be taken seriously.

This truly sounds alarming: Bees are disappearing for reasons we can’t yet explain, and a certified genius such as Einstein noted long ago that if all the bees disappeared, we’d soon be following them into extinction.


The US beekeepers’ warnings should have some heavyweight expert support. A pamphlet distributed quoted Albert Einstein. “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live,” Einstein was quoted as saying. “No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”

Beekeepers claim that if they were forced out of business, the honey bee could be eradicated in the US since wild hives were already being decimated by a parasitic mite called varroa.

Its a matter of fact: “The honey bee is threatened with a rapid decline.”

If the bees became extinct, the impact would go well beyond the livelihoods of the US’s full-time beekeepers and hundreds of thousands of part-timers.

Crops such as apples, pears, beans, and oilseeds need bees for pollination.

It is estimated that 85 percent of the US’s wildflowers are pollinated by bees and the death of the flowers could have a major impact on wildlife. It’s going to be a chain reaction.

Sightings:   Political comedian Bill Maher used the Einstein “bee” quote to begin his closing essay on the 20 April 2007 episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

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We save bees free of charge, remove and resettle them into safe habitats. About 38% of bee colonies in the USA died during the last 2 years. Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts, and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.

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