Bittman’s rules for eating – there are only two


Bittman’s at it again. Mark Bittman, a food writer for the New York Times, wants to change the way you eat. He wants to change the entire food system, too. The way we produce, distribute and consume food. But that’s impossible, so he’s having to content himself with telling us how we should eat, whatContinue reading “Bittman’s rules for eating – there are only two”

Changing the food system, one mouth at a time


One of the best reasons for being interested in bees is not that they are fascinating — they are that, certainly — but that they are vital to our system of food production. But it doesn’t take much study or investigation to know that our system of food production is in trouble. Losses of honeybeesContinue reading “Changing the food system, one mouth at a time”

Plant bee-friendly flowers – that’s the message


The video embedded in this post is more than a bit over the top. So, make sure you’ve taken your anti-schmalz meds before you watch it. Still, the sentiment is correct. We should plant more bee-friendly flowers. That’s something everyone can do to help arrest the massive losses of honeybees we are experiencing. The videoContinue reading “Plant bee-friendly flowers – that’s the message”

Stop squashing bugs. And stop calling them pests.


Those of us who are beekeepers rightly love our bugs. Chances are, we don’t spend too much time thinking about other bugs. Scott R. Shaw does. He’s a professor and curator of the Insect Museum at the University of Wyoming. He’s also author of Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects. He’sContinue reading “Stop squashing bugs. And stop calling them pests.”

The perils — and lack of income — of today’s small farmer outlined in NYT op-ed article


Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer (http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/), says that one of the first rules of small farming is this: Make sure you have an income that doesn’t come from farming. Those sentiments and more were echoed by Bren Smithaug in a New York Times op-ed piece titled Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers. Smithaug,Continue reading “The perils — and lack of income — of today’s small farmer outlined in NYT op-ed article”

‘Burt’s Buzz’ tells story of the Burt behind Burt’s Bees


We all know who he is: the image of the part-hippie, part mountain man who graces the packages of bee’s wax at the check-out counter. His real name is Burt Shavitz. He lives alone in a small house that he built in northern Maine. It doesn’t have electricity or running water. Shavits started Burt’s Bees,Continue reading “‘Burt’s Buzz’ tells story of the Burt behind Burt’s Bees”

New York Times op-ed article issue call for diversity to help the bees


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 theContinue reading “New York Times op-ed article issue call for diversity to help the bees”