Mailbag: Where have all the honeybees gone?

December 02, 2010

Where have all the honeybees gone?

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, vanishing from their hives and the cause is still being debated by scientists.

Did you know that a bee can pollinate 100,000 flowers a day, but who is counting? Thanks to bees and the wind, our crops get pollinated and we have food to eat. One out of 3 bites of your food depends on the work of bees. Their liquid gold is the nectar of the gods and flower pollen is a food for bees and people.


Bees are a sensitive indicator of environmental quality and they are giving us a warning and telling us we are not honoring the body of the Earth. A signal has been going out from bee keepers all over the world about the pesticides that are now being used on many crops that science is discovering is causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The young are fed pollen from systemic pesticides (long lasting and persistent synthetic). The young die and the bees leave these toxic fields. Good health and the environment are at risk. We need to limit these conditions that are making bees abandon their hives. The beekeeping industry is responsible for producing our apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables, but the beekeepers are losing so many of their hives to CCD that they are finding it harder to stay in business.

A precautionary principle is advised by Transition Laguna Beach, a local organization of citizens committed to educating the community. They will be hosting a documentary screening of "Vanishing of the Bees" at the Regency South Coast Cinema's in downtown Laguna Beach. Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mother earth, mankind and our food supply. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound, and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery. The movie is 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12 and include Q-and-A with producers, snacks, and live music.

Justin Gresh

Laguna Beach

Editor's Note: Justin Gresh is a member of Transition Laguna Beach.

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