No bees under your bonnet

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Or anywhere at all, soon – if the reports are to be believed and are not just a ploy to raise the price of honey and to allow the usual suspects (1%) to live in the clover. South Seas Bubble, dot.com Bubble, Facebook Bubble, why not a Honey-Bubble?

Let’s give them a benefit of doubt. The honeybees are apparently disappearing at ever faster rate, especially since 2006. The mystery is called a colony collapse disorder. It is bad for honey supplies, crops pollination and, of course, for the bees themselves. Pesticides, diseases, diminishing habitat and that old catch-all global warming, climate change in gorespeak, are being blamed. In addition to that the scientists (yes, scientists, the alarm bells start ringing), now discovered that our post-modern bees may also suffer from a learning disorder.

Dr Pettis of the Bee Research Laboratory in Maryland reported in Naturwissenschaften that a pesticide imadacloprid a/ diminishes bees ability to learn and b/weakens their immune systems. The experiments involved twenty hives, larvaes’ food spiked with imadacloprid and fungal parasite Nosema. Emerging Mickey Finn bees had 700,000 parasite spores each, but a control group ones only 200,000. This was found when the poor bees were all killed twelve days later.

I admit I have certain problem with the hypothesis, at least as reported. Perhaps the imadacloprid bees, if not killed, would live longer then the deprived ones. A different pesticide? Less TV and Facebook? Oops, wrong species. But should the children, today so readily and fashionably diagnosed as suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, be given less imadacloprid in their cornflakes?

Finally there is one theory, which does not blame the Anthropogenic Global Warming. That’s progress.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to No bees under your bonnet

  1. nature remedy says:

    Saving the bees is a worthwhile undertaking. Not all scientists are like Koroly or Flannery.

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