Have you heard? Us humans are killing our precious bees, which have been providing mankind and nature with magically pollinated flowers, fruits and vegetables since the beginning of human history. Not to mention honey, bee pollen, and propolis – other magical products of bees.
Bees. On the endangered species list. For the first time in history. This means us human beings are effectively on that list, too! Without bees, cheap food goes away.
How have we gotten to this point? And how can we get back on the track of the living? Please read on.
WHY Bees Are Now Endangered?
Most people think we do not have a definite reason why bees are going extinct. This is because we have a bazillion reasons — the number of patented chemicals and GMOs we use to grow our food and kill “pests” and “weeds.” Patented toxins that are known bee killers!
In the least, worldwide use of toxic patented things to grow our food like “neonicotinoids” and their GMO resistant crops and other agrotoxins lower the immunity of bees, making them more susceptible to the infections and pathogens, which are commonly listed as possible causes of the bee loss “phenomena” known since 2006 as “Colony Collapse Disorder.”
And it’s impossible to pinpoint which chemical is causing these deaths, because there are so many bee killing chemicals currently in use. Remember Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring (1964)? It successfully raised widespread awareness to get one of these patented chemicals legally banned, DDT. We have lots to learn from that book now in 2017, seeing as the number of different but just as deadly chemicals we now use in nature has multiplied tremendously. But a different awareness is needed – not merely attacking one chemical or even one company, which later modern movements focused on. We might succeed in banning one chemical or getting companies to pay legal fines, but that will not stop new and deadly different kinds of toxins from hitting the market that same year. It’s a losing war. A different strategy is needed -elaborated in the next section.
But first, let us consider WHY the human race is now so hooked on using these innovative deadly chemicals in the first place.
It’s not that these unnatural chemicals or organisms are very effective or cheap to use. These harsh unnatural things create super bugs, super fungus, super weeds, and kill our “beneficial” stuff like bees, birds, and eventually, us! It’s because patents give one company a monopoly on any unnatural chemical or organism they “engineer” – one helluva an incentive to invest lots of capital to develop, market, and sell these unnatural things to the public. When the patent expires, that company might lose the incentive to produce it, but other brands line up to step in and other “innovative” agrochemicals come out with new 20 year utility patents.
Historically, products of nature, including chemicals and organisms, were absolutely not patentable under US patent laws. The Supreme Court ruled long ago that products of nature are reserved to all humans beings and are never something one person or corporation can own a right to. However, in the past 50 years, the Supreme Court slowly chipped away at this absolute ban on patenting products and laws of nature. For instance, patents were allowed if a naturally occurring chemical or organism was “isolated and purified” (Merck, 1958) or otherwise changed or “engineered” by man in the lab (Chakrabarty, 1980). Cha-ching for these companies, which otherwise could not make HUGE profits off the production of the natural unpatentable chemical. Without a monopoly, the market drives down the price through competition so there would be no incentive to research, develop, sell, and even defend unnatural chemicals that are proven toxic to bees and other life forms.
How to Save the Bees and Life as We Know It?
We must remember that we the people have the real power in this and any system. We must totally stop buying this chemical laced food, and stop giving our power / money to chemical corporations. Sure, laws can help this effort:
- A complete ban on patenting products of nature, however isolated or abused in a laboratory, would end the unnatural incentive (patent monopoly) to R&D new chemicals.
- A complete ban on selling / using patented (expired or not) chemicals would drastically lower consumption of the most harmful chemicals immediately.
But I am not holding my breath for either happening, because these RICH companies have lots of political power and an army of lawyers. We ARE living in a CAPITAListic system, after all.
No, before any of that, we are going to need an army of organic farmers to rebuild our agriculture system from the ground up… and make America and the World great again.
3 Powerful Ways You Can Help Bees Survive / Thrive
First, obviously, eat organic food. Avoid chemical food that is produced in a away that harms bees. Humans are less of a help to bees when they are dying of cancers and other illnesses or dead.
Doing #1 will naturally give you and others more of an incentive to do the next two.
Second, start an organic farm to grow chemical-free food for yourself, family, friends, and local community! At least, get an organic garden going near your house and maybe around your neighborhood. If you live in the city, try out aquaponics – an innovative way to grow plants and fish together without soil. Be sure to plant bee friendly plants everywhere you can. Never spray anything other than natural, organic sprays in the evenings after the bees have retired to their homes.
Third, and IMHO the BEST thing you can possibly do to save the bees, is start keeping bees near your house — even if you live in a densely populated city. Nestle this adorable bee habitat below on your porch or in your garden to give pollinators a safe home near your home.
Keeping bees will not only help pollinate your plants, but it will help raise awareness of this crucially important topic. And you do not need to be worried about bee stings! Many bee species (such as mason bees suited for the small hive above) rarely bite and are docile.
Check out this tiny mail ordered stingless beehive a woman placed on her Mumbai Balcony Garden in the video below:
Unable to cause painful bites, stingless bees do not need smoke to be calmed or the typical beekeeper personal protective equipment such as jacketed jumpsuits, rubber boots and nitrile gloves. This allows YOU to keep bees anywhere — including in urban environments near homes, people and other animals — and without any prior knowledge about beekeeping.
If you are lucky, you can buy a beehive with stingless bees in your area like in the video above. Or you can simply place a little hive made for stingless bees near your home and hope a new friendly bee family moves in. Orrr you can do a little work to capture them in the wild within a week or two, depending on where you live. We are currently trying this out so subscribe to see how this method turned out for us in our tropical region.
The People Power Revolution
If you really want to save the bees/humans, at least get the conversation started. The most important aspect of this plan is successfully getting your friends and family involved, and teaching them the importance of growing organic stuff and saving our bees. THIS is where the true power of this solution comes from – people power. We humans have the real God given power on this planet to change this system from the Earth up. Many of us still need to remember this fact and take back their power by getting to work. At this point, our lives depend on it and it seems we do not have much time.