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We Can All Do Our Part... [Jul. 10th, 2008|03:43 pm]



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There is a gentleman by the name of Michael Touhy who is the chef/owner of Woodfire Grill.  I've only been there once, but the food was divine.  I lovet that he insists upon using local ingredients, organic whenever possible.  He also has a blog where he enlightens many with educational, food-focused stories.  His blog is also a great resource for information about what's in season, links to local/global blogs/websites, as well as links to information about sustainability, wineries, and food artisans.  I check here frequently for great info, and if you love food or love to cook, I urge you to do the same.  

OK!  That being said... I stole this piece below from his blog.  I've been hearing whispers about the decline of the bees, which is alarming when you consider the far-reaching implications of what these critters do for us.  

Read on...  

The Hardworking Honey Bees Have Spoken…
...I found it serendipitous that the front page story in the SF Chronicle (06/29) was entitled Un-Busy Bees A Disaster For Almost Everyone. It covered the hearings last week in Washington discussing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), mentioned in a previous Newsflash. The disappearance of honeybees, first noticed in 2006, continues unabated with over 35% of all hives being impacted this winter. 

Although scientists have yet to discover the root cause, the following are posited:
♦ Loss of Habitat
♦ Pesticides That Disrupt Insect Patterns
♦ Viruses and Parasites
♦ Continued Expansion Of Farm Monoculture, 

Particularly The 66,000 Acres Of Almonds Planted In CA It will probably turn out to be a combination of the above, although I believe it has more to do with the last point than the others. Over a million hives are now being trucked and flown in from all over the world each winter to service the pollinating needs of the almond industry and I believe the honeybees are quite literally being worked to death. 

EDUCATE YOUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT BEE DECLINE WHILE LETTING THEM KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TO OUR FOOD SOURCE. Remember, no honeybees…no apples, peaches, peppers, melons, blueberries, squash, pears and on and on…! 

♦ Visit the website www.vanishingbees.com to see what two young documentary
filmmakers are up to and consider supporting their good efforts (we are sponsors)
♦ Visit the website sponsored by Haagen-Dazs who is very active in publicizing the
plight of the honeybee www.helpthehoneybees.com
♦ Encourage customers to plant habitat in their backyards to attract more bees!
♦ Hold a honey tasting and donate a portion to saving the bees. 

A recent study cited in the Chronicle article discovered half the public is still unaware of CCD. This is a real opportunity for all of us to inform the other half! Please let me know if we can be of any help in this endeavor.
I hope your summer is “buzzing”

…Albert & Kim Katz

(x-posted to my LJ and the various foodie blogs i'm in)


[User Picture]From: whatisbiscuits
2008-07-10 08:05 pm (UTC)
Honey bees do work themselves to death naturally - those born in the summer live for a much shorter length of time than those born in autumn/winter. But I agree that being moved around so much is unnatural and disturbing for the bees. It would be much better if each farm had resident bees who had a range of flowering crops available.

I happen to be running a Fairtrade honey tasting stall on Saturday, but as it's free I won't be making any money to donate to the bees!
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[User Picture]From: deemystified
2008-07-10 08:13 pm (UTC)
neat! it sounds like you're doing your part already... i was able to sample some different honeys at an organic market over the weekend, and it was tasty. i was surprised at how different each of the flavors were depending on what plants were nearby the hives.

nature is awesome, for real.
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From: kitschicat
2008-07-10 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this post-I've heard about the honey bee crisis and these are some great sites to help publicize the issue. :)
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[User Picture]From: deemystified
2008-07-10 08:38 pm (UTC)
yayy! spread the word... every little bit helps!
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[User Picture]From: sweetandsnarky
2009-01-05 08:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting this! I am actually an apiarist and I am one of the only beekeepers to view migrant beekeeping in a negative light. Unfortunately there are so many more obstacles to face in terms of keeping our bees safe, but this is definitely a good start! Thanks again!

If anyone is interested, here is a website that keeps up with all of the latest news on colony collapse disorder and such: Honeybee Quiet
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[User Picture]From: sweetandsnarky
2009-01-05 08:49 am (UTC)
oops! Messed up the link. >.< Honeybee Quiet
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