"If we are to teach compassion for all life
in this world, and if we are to carry on
a real campaign against cruelty, and against
the destruction of our environment, we
have to begin with reaching children."
~ Betsy Seeton
What's all the buzz about ? It's not coming from bees....
honey bee - by Betsy Seeton
In the Maoxian county of Sichuan, China, an area that has lost its bee pollinators through the indiscriminate use of pesticides and the over-harvesting of its honey, human workers can be seen pollinating pear and apple trees by hand. In this part of China, the honeybee has been replaced by the human bee.
The Guardian journalist, Rosie Boycott writes, " Every spring, thousands of villagers climb through fruit trees hand-pollinating blossoms by dipping "pollination sticks" (brushes made of chicken feathers and cigarette filters) into plastic bottles of pollen and then touching them against each of the tree's billions of blossoms."
honey bee - by Betsy Seeton
Rosie's article states:
"No one quite knows why the honeybees are collapsing in numbers so dramatically but the over-use of pesticides on farms and in gardens, the mysterious "colony collapse disorder", the spread of disease like the varroa mite or foul brood, the changing climate and an increase in mono-cropping on farms, which means less food for bees throughout the summer season are all playing their part."
Here's more eye opening news from Rosie's article:
One-third of all our food staples only grow after pollination. In the United States alone, the cost of replacing this "free service" which nature has provided for hundreds of thousands of years, is put at anything between £14bn and £92bn. And that's in one country alone. If we don't wake up to the global crisis facing our pollinators, the banking crisis is going to look relatively trivial as the world runs out of food. China can, for the time being, afford to hurl this level of human labour at the problem: but short of the prospect of actual starvation, it is wholly unrealistic to imagine this happening in, say, California, where bees still pollinate orange, apple, pear and plum trees.
In Britain they are losing bees at an alarming rate. Worldwide, many beekeepers estimate that, at the current rate of bee loss, there now may be only a 10-year window to find a cause and a solution to this problem. And the British Beekeepers Association has warned that honeybees could disappear entirely from the UK by 2018.
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From the 2 May 2010 Observer (UK): "The number of managed honeybee colonies in the US fell by 33.8% last winter, according to the annual survey by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the US government's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute some £26 bn [over $42 bn] to the global economy…US scientists at the ARS have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key problem. (Source: http://www.mvtimes.com/marthas-vineyard/article.php?id=4587)
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By Betsy Seeton
"If we are to teach compassion for all life in this world, and if we are to carry on a real campaign against cruelty, and against the destruction of our
environment, we have to begin with reaching children."
-- Betsy Seeton
One of the best places to nurture the kind of change our world needs, is involving, teaching, and inspiring children. FOR ALL THE ANIMALS offers paid positions for young children ages 8 to 18 who can research, investigate and write about animals and nature. We also want young artists, filmmakers and photographers to apply. Children 7 years old and younger can be our interns.
I imagine a better world when what people value has more to do with what they love doing than about what money can buy. Going after your passions and leading a life inspired by them is central to what drives my own life and is something I encourage others to experience.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller ~
"By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.
Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and
accept as something precious what comes back to you from them."
~ Albert Schweitzer
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."