Are you prepared for the coming food disaster? This one is going to be national, with wide reaching effects. This one weak link is going to snap under the stress we’re putting on it, and it’s going to take out a large portion of our food supply. Yes, I’m talking about our national population of bees. Those vital little pollinators make a whole lot of our food possible. Those bees are dying in breath-taking amounts. That’s what the latest report out of the USDA spells out.
Despite a remarkably intensive level of research effort towards understanding causes of managed honeybee colony losses in the United States, overall losses continue to be high and pose a serious threat to meeting the pollination service demands for several commercial crops.
When researchers collected pollen from hives on the east coast pollinating cranberry, watermelon and other crops and fed it to healthy bees, those bees showed a significant decline in their ability to resist infection by a parasite called Nosema ceranae. The parasite has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder though scientists took pains to point out that their findings do not directly link the pesticides to CCD. The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite. source
I’m sure an ag lobbyist would tell us those 8 chemicals are vital to our national harvest of corn.
What would be in my bee armegeddon kit? A dozen small brushes and a wide assortment of baggies. Seeds for flowers that attract surviving beneficial insects. (Tricky to guess, maybe some that serve as food for lots of different insects?) Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. You’re going to have to steward each generation of quite a few staple crops through EVERY part of the cycle of seed bearing. (Don’t forget this will be in the middle of a food crises.) Is there room for some good luck in that kit? We’re all going to need it.
Are you ready for the coming food crisis?
- Calamity Jane