By now you’ve surely heard that honeybees are dying off at an alarmingly disturbing rate. Upon first hearing of this strange occurrence you might have thought it just another exaggerated urban tale. However, this situation is both dire and all too very real.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)
A condition affecting several different species of colonizing insects known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), occurs when the queen bee abandons her brood causing the worker bees to stray from the hive, resulting in the death of millions of honey producing bees each year. What’s even more puzzling to scientists is that, even the predators who feed on bee honey as one of their natural sources of sustenance, stay far away now.
Honey Bees and Humanity
From the dawn of our known human society, the nature and origin of the honeybee has awakened an interest in man. Symbolically representing many things such as the human soul, fertility, industry, cooperation and the sacred mother, countless prehistoric glyphs found in ancient Egypt bear the depictions of honeybees, seemingly left as a reflection of an ancient form of fertility symbolizing the co-operative cultivation of industrial agriculture.
A creature of elite sanctity, the honeybee is one of the better known regal symbols of unity, cooperation, and charitable assistance belonging exclusively to the Freemasons. Our relationship with bees is also aptly reflected in our most ancient forms of agriculture.
Bees are Necessary for All Things to Flourish
Though the average consumer probably hasn’t an idea where something as vital as his food may have come from. The fact is, honeybees are nature’s pollinators, and as such are responsible for over one third of the food that we consume, including most all farmed fruits, vegetables, nuts, as well as for various grains used for livestock worldwide. The revenue freely generated by a thriving honeybee population can safely be calculated to amount nearly over $18 billion in annual sales in the state of California alone.
A Puzzling Epidemic
While scientists are still puzzled over the root cause of this epidemic, many ecological research studies have isolated and identified environmental toxins and toxic pesticides as the central source.
As scientists puzzle over the cause, many organic beekeepers have indicated that the upsetting desertion of honeybees just may hide a deeper reason and meaning about our relationship with our mother the Earth as an alternative explanation for this catastrophic loss.
It has now been estimated that the CCD can give account for less than one quarter of the 2.4 million recorded bee colonies over 35 states across the US. Thousands of beekeepers worldwide are reporting the same problem, with some reporting more than 90 percent loss of their honeybee colonies, all without any dead bees to be found.
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