What you see, and what you don’t, can hurt you
Here’s how you and I see a lawn:
Here is how your bees see the same stretch of land:
Bees require two nutrients: nectar for carbohydrates, and pollen for protein. These are gathered from flowers (and a very few other sources). There is neither in a lawn full of grass.
Here’s how you see a field of growing corn:
Guess what a bee sees.
Yep. No pollen, no nectar. (This is also true for all grain fields–oats, wheat, rice, etc.)
Soybeans are the number-one protein-centric crop in America:
Since there’s not one tiny bit of pollen or nectar in this picture, you can probably figure out what this looks like to a bee. (Hint: see “barren desert” above.)
Now, figure that more than 90% of all American farmland is planted with soybeans or corn. Keep in mind also that all American farmland (excluding that tiny percentage that is “organic”) is soaked in
- herbicides such as Roundup, whose glyphosate effects is being genetically introduced into food crops
- insecticides such as DDT, whose reintroduction has been suggested
- fungicides such as hexachlorobenzene, which causes porphyria and cancer
- disinfectants such as methyl iodide, which is a potent carcinogen
Is it any wonder that honey bee populations are disappearing?