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Bees

If we were to choose one creature that teaches us to live lightly it's the honey bee (Apis Mellifera).

Like all creatures, the honey bees' existence is dependent on their environment, weather, seasonal cropping and natural growth. However, while the crops are managed and encouraged to grow to feed ourselves and other animals, this same 'management' is killing our honey bees. Bees with Pollen

Crops (the foraging ground of the honey bee) are sprayed with herbicides and insecticides (bees are insects) to increase yield ...and yet the demise of honey bee numbers is attributed to 'mysterious causes'!

Honey bees are in crisis world wide. They're affected by several 'mysterious' diseases and pests, with fancy names and three letter acronyms. Honey bee colonies are dying at an extraordinary rate.

It is time for 'experts' to go beyond 'group think' and critically consider the legacy they are creating for future generations. If honey bees were to become extinct, it is guesstimated that the earth's human population would follow suit within four years. Now that's a sobering thought!Venn Diagram

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It doesn't take an 'expert' to identify the real cause of the 'mysterious illness / diseases' that are decimating our global honey bee population!

Honey bees' primary function is pollination - honey is only a by-product. Without pollination there would be no fruit, vegetables or cereals. No food for human consumption and no food for animal consumption, so no meat either!Bees on Broodframe

It was common in Ireland to find a swarm of bees in summer but unfortunately nearly all our native wild bees are gone, the sight of a natural wild swarm is now just a memory.

The first colony of bees here was a result of a barter - chickens for bees. Then a winter of night classes learning how to care for them.

Life and death as we all know, is a very delicate balance. Bees and the problems they encounter as a result of modern agriculture methods and globalisation have highlighted for us the need to remain mindful of the effects of our actions on the environment and ultimately on ourselves.

All activities here are now governed by the need to create, support and maintain a biodiverse environment where symbiotic relationships can establish. While it's not always possible to find a solution without resorting to modern methods, for the most part it's back to basics. Rreducing the use of environment toxins will allow an increase in both population and variety of flora and fauna, which will support, protect or predate and self regulate.