This New Year marks a time when citizens around the globe celebrate the bountiful blue planet and the fruits of its earth. Yet, something just isn’t right. Worldwide we are entering into another consecutive year of hundreds of billions of dead Italian honeybees.
“There is something palpable about these new MacArthur Fellows, about their character as explorers and pioneers at the cutting edge. These are women and men improving, protecting, and making our world a better place for us all. “ ~~ Daniel J. Socolow, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program
Big news for the honeybee.
Earlier today, Marla Spivak, an entomologist from the University of Minnesota who is studying the impacts of nutrition, pesticides, and bee diseases on bee health, was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. These so-called Genius Grants provide $500,000 to each fellow, with no strings attached.
It’s nice to see people who are working to solve the mystery of colony collapse get a little recognition … and support!
Finding the answer will definitely make the world a better place for us all.
Each spring, during my childhood, I planted trees with my dad and my brother, and the bees always intrigued us. Last year, in late June, I finished “The Incomparable Honeybee;” I was cautiously optimistic that the overall death rate amongst honeybees was trending downward.
Just prior to the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, the overwinter and spring bee survey numbers from across our nation were released. The numbers were startling; our humble honeybees are sicker than ever. Read the rest of this entry →
Did you see the Monday, July 5th episode on Good Morning America (GMA) titled, “Honeybees in Danger?” The GMA host says, “”honeybees now in danger of disappearing and along with them things like ice cream and fresh fruit…”