When a majordomo in the mass media pays some attention to bees, we try to take note.
This week it was the New York Times, which has been paying quite a bit of attention to the plight of honeybees in our current difficult environment. The author is Mark Winston, a biologist and the director of the Center for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is the author of the forthcoming book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive.
Winston makes a strong call for diversity in our biological environment and says that what is happening to bees could be a prelude to what could be happening to humans:
Observing the tumultuous demise of honeybees should alert us that our own well-being might be similarly threatened. The honeybee is a remarkably resilient species that has thrived for 40 million years, and the widespread collapse of so many colonies presents a clear message: We must demand that our regulatory authorities require studies on how exposure to low dosages of combined chemicals may affect human health before approving compounds. (quoted material)
Read the article. Then read the comments that people. You will find both interesting.
By MARK WINSTON
The demise of honeybees should alert us that our own well-being might be similarly threatened.