Posts in Apiculture
Pollinator Week 2018

Doing our part as consumers, farmers, home gardeners, and community advocates, we can build up local food systems to replace unsustainable agribusinesses. With these food systems must come localized pollinator networks, and action that recognizes the interconnectedness of soil health, crop management, farmed bees, and wild bees along with other neighborhood pollinators.

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ApiculturePat Mosley
Wild Bees Need Our Help

Since the early 2000s, the world has been abuzz with concern about honeybees and the hive-devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, between 2006 and 2007, some beekeepers reported unexplained losses of between 30-90% of their hives. We now hypothesize that CCD is a result of the labor and environmental conditions honeybees are made to work in to pollinate our modern agricultural system.

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A Million Bodies Drowning in the Flood Myth of Apis Mellifera

We can build and place all the wild bee hotels we can make (and we should). We can refuse to buy honey on industrial or local scales, whatever preference we have (and we should). But until we change the underlying system of food production, we are not addressing the root causes of colony collapse or loss of pollinator diversity. Industrial pollination–that is, the waiting game for when colony collapse or some other horror will strike a hive, and the destruction of wild bees with it–is demanded for every fruit and vegetable we buy from this scale.

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