It would be ironic if this world dies not from over-population, pollution or wars, but from the death of the ubiquitous little honey bee. In a scenario that could have been scripted from a Stephen King novel, honey bee and bumblebee populations take a sudden and dramatic nosedive to extinction. Since they are responsible for pollinating 90 percent of the world’s commercial plants, from fruits and vegetables; crops in the field suddenly produce no fruit to eat. Flowering plants that contribute oxygen to the air also begin a downhill spiral to oblivion. In a world that literally lives on the brink of starvation from season to season, the massive loss of food results in all sorts of nasty… Well, you get the picture!
So, in the winter of 2006, when millions of honey bees disappeared without a trace, it caused alarms bells to sound everywhere. Now, the same thing is happening to bumblebees, causing scientists to intensify their efforts to find the cause. But, will their efforts come to fruition (pun intended)? Even, a small drop in crop production here in the US could begin a rapid spiral upward of food prices, right at a time when the country is already experiencing dire economic stressors in other areas.
I would urge my readers to watch the PBS show entitled ‘Silence of the Bees’ and then make an effort to stay in the loop on this developing and potentially life threatening crisis. While I believe God loves Man, I also believe he holds us accountable for our actions as individuals and as stewards of this planet.