Every year bees pollinate $201 billion worth of U.S. crops. Almonds are solely dependent on bees. Most other foods depend on bees for survival about 90% of the time. But every year U.S. beekeepers report losing about one-third of their colonies. Why? The most likely culprit is a class of pesticides , called neonicotinoids (or neonics), made by giant chemical companies like Bayer and Syngenta, as the key factor in the global bee die-off crisis. Europe has banned bee-killing pesticides, but the U.S. has delayed action until 2018. This is unconscionable.
I find it very hard to imagine a world without apples, asparagus, broccoli, onions, cherries, cucumbers, celergy, plums, watermelon, tangerines, lemons…and the list goes on.
And I find it very hard to imagine a bee-less world.
While in my favorite little bookstore-café the other day a copy of The Shamanic Way of the Bee fell into my hands. It’s by Simon Buxton and tells of the ancient wisdom and healing practices of the Bee Masters and Bee Mistresses. That’s right. There is a worldwide network of shamonic beekeepers who have kept the old Druidic lore and practices alive by passing their information along to their apprentices. In it, I learned that it’s very nearly impossible to find a beekeeper with cancer. Astounding! And the venom from bee stings can actually help to stop the spread of HIV. And it helps with arthritis and other physical challenges. Considering that each Apis Melifera worker bee only produces one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey over the span of its entire month-long lifespan, honey is a gold commodity we should all be investing in.
An old English saying goes like this: Ask the wild bee what the Druids knew.
Bees know how to build community, value sacred geometry, and in their devotion to their queen, they understand how to honor the feminine divine. Bees know ancient wisdom—just ask them. We can’t afford on so many levels to let them disappear.
Through pollen magic, flowers and bees become one. What a planet we’d inherit if we lost the bees and then all the flowers. And then our food. And then...