The case for not saving the bees
Controversial but interesting! I’m gonna try and summarise this long read on all the stuff that’s missing from the conversation:
- There are many many pollinators, honeybees aren’t even that great it.
- Industrial agriculture relies on bundling up pollinators and taking them from farm to farm:
“Domesticated landscapes bloom all at once, and die all at once. If you’re a pollinator, that means that you’ve got a ton of food, and then you have no food”—not a sustainable living situation for an insect. “We’ve created a system where we need to bring in an outside pollinator. And the honeybee, being stackable, is what we selected.”
- STACKABLE. So yeah, we rely on honeybees because they’re portable.
- Only 5-10% of honeybees are wild, the rest are part of this industry.
- Our much-talked-about reliance on honeybees is not natural, it’s a result of a disastrous lack of biodiversity.
- Don’t save the bee, become less dependent on the bee!
- Lack of pollinator diversity is a bigger threat than Colony Collapse Disorder.
Okay obviously there’s a LOT I haven’t included here, but oh my gosh, CONTRARIAN DELIGHT. Read the full article.
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