This makes clear that habitat management truly matters. A mile by mile field is difficult for bees to pollinate. worse, the crop is only flowering briefly as well. As i have been posting, the answer is to create refuge strips set about two combine widths or the width of the largest piece of equipment as the crop strip width. The strip between crop strips can be rahter narrow depending on what is growing there.
This regimented, Hegelian mentality is spreading like a cold-hearted disease and slowly absorbing our beautiful rich and varied landscape. Bees, who have been described as symbols of love, sweet abundance and creativity are likely the canary in the coal mine, warning us of the profound dangers of our current approach to land management.
“Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people”~ Achim Steiner, Executive Director UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
It appears that diversity is more important for our survival than corporate interests would like to admit. While homogenization might make for good business practice in terms of efficiency, it seems that nature’s preference for diversity might represent a more evolved and healthy approach; one that benefits the planet as a whole, rather than the pockets of few. Just as any human whose diet was based on any one ingredient alone would likely suffer negative health consequences, it is not really surprising that a bee who is deprived of access to diversity in terms of food-source will also suffer. Diversity contributes to creative richness and robustness on both a physical and psychological level.
“Mindfulness is not the path of chasing. It is the path of beautification. When flowers blossom, the fragrance spreads, and the bees come.”
~ Amit Ray Ph.D, Mindfulness: Living in the Moment, Living in the Breath
“… tiny striped martyrs then bravely depart
From the plant, at some length, to the swarm.
The nectar collected, their personal art.
The hive waiting, welcome and warm.
To witness this magic in calm disbelief,
Is a treasure, a blessing to see.
The simple, whole truth is, from mountain to reef,
All life here would cease without bees.”
~ Mandi June, An Ode To The Bee