Luckily for now, there are only 2 installments of "Humbled".
2 is enough for now. LOTS of comments...I love everyone's thoughts!
I should do an audio interview with my sister for the site,
because I think it would give some more voice and the whole
sibling thing would at least be pretty entertaining.
So this one is about BEES. At the moment, I am
a complete WANNA-BEE. There is just so much to learn,
but as a new beekeeping friend of mine told us this Saturday:
"Beekeeping isn't all that complicated. The bees know what to do.
People say that raising children is complicated too, but if
you keep the top part full of food and the bottom part dry,
its likely that youll be alright. Beekeeping is like that."
When raw/organic enthusiasts go into a new venture,
its easy to project our viewpoints into it.
I really did this with beekeeping.
I really vilified beekeepers...thinking that they poisoned
their bees with corn syrup and pesticides.
Im not sure what I think now. I am definitely against
the pesticides, but the feeding issue has challenged
my previous beliefs. Even talking to organic bee farmers,
I learned that bees thrive on sugar syrup, and have been
thriving on that mixture for hundreds of years.
Many organic people think Colony Collapse Disorder
is from a poor diet and harsh conditions, but these
bees have been under this routine for a very long time,
and bees reproduce every 6 weeks or so. And many bees
will be affected when they arent eating corn syrup or anything
unnatural, it will happen to them when they are feeding on nectar.
So what is new? What is the cause of CCD?
One theory we heard was that its from global trading.
Pests and fungi that are not from the US, or anything close to local areas,
are being accidentally imported from foreign lands at a rate
never before seen. These imports could be infesting the combs
and causing CCD. They are all pretty positive that its not because of their diet.
I was convinced it was diet and poor treatment. I have
to take that accusation back. Maybe their immune systems are
weaker, but organic bees ARE suffering as well...but not as much.
Although remember...there are many less organic beekeepers than commercial.
Another thing they told me was that when we try and raise
bees naturally, the colony will usually perish within
3 years. That is the natural life-cycle of a hive.
So, do they let the bees naturally die, or do they
treat them with something to keep the colony alive
and productive? What to decide?
Do you hail the organic religion above all else
and let the colony naturally expire, or do you treat them?
Would you treat your dog if it was sick? Your child?
The life-cycle of an individual bee is very short,
so you have to view the hive itself as a living organism
and do what you can to keep it alive. So many questions.
We found out two really cool facts at the beekeeping workshop as well.
#1. All worker bees, i.e. the bees that actually contribute something positively
to the well-being and continuation of the colony, are FEMALES.
#2. Only about 100 males (named drones) are produced in each laying,
and their only purpose is to mate with a queen from another colony.
When winter comes, the freeloaders (the males) are kicked out of the hive.
I told my mom this, and she said: "Well...are you surprised? Of course they are females!"
So...you get the point...we can't jump to such drastic conclusions...
the world, let alone the universe, is a VERY complex place.