Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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The Honeybee Problem: Human Stupidity

Oh for the love of little blue fishies ... this article discusses the role of inbreeding behind honeybee dieoffs.  Inbreeding, of all fool things!  We know  not to do that.  We have known for hundreds if not a few thousand years, from breeding dogs and horses and such.  We know it's bad; we know why it's bad.  And yet, commercial beekeepers seem to have done it anyway.  Epic, epic facepalm. 

I am all the more glad for my tree full of wild girls.  They probably appreciate the selection of mixed fruit trees, dandelions, berry canes, and assorted decorative flowers here.  The only thing they've shorted is the blackberry patch, which to be fair is at the wayfar corner of the yard from where they live.  I've tried to advertise its location to pollinators by adding colorful flowers in pots, but what I really need to do is plant a bee patch down there somewhere.

If you don't think this is "your problem" ...?  Honeybees pollinate dozens of prime food crops: most of the fruits, many vegetables, and some nuts and other things.  So if you eat, you should seriously care what happens to honeybees and other pollinators.
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