In part 1 of this 3-part series, the ugly truth about the demise of the honeybee colonies was revealed as well as what you the reader can do regarding positive action as you move about Mother Earth. Before we dive into it, I can’t help but throw in Albert Einstein’s famous quote regarding our pollinating friends; “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.”
So, instead of waiting for this to happen, a proactive course is obvious and certainly within our reach. As mentioned in Part 1, and worth repeating–each one of us must refuse to be part of the ongoing problem. Fertilizers containing dangerous pesticides, for example, are one product we can all take a closer look at. Simply read the labels. Find out what’s in it before you dust your lawn and plants with it, particularly if you plan to feed your family your prized tomatoes, etc. Many among us unknowingly pollute our own homes and yards by what we bring into it–again, read what’s in it and choose simple products with simple ingredients. Stepping beyond our yards and coming together will also bring about change, specifically when it comes to confronting bullies.
Monsanto is that bully. As a major producer of genetically modified seeds and harmful agro-chemicals, one simply cannot compose an article about global bee death without revealing Monsanto and their complete failure in their responsibility to the environment. Fortunately, many countries have joined together to bring about critical change, in fact, this past May 24; ‘March Against Monsanto’ took place on six continents in over 50 countries. Here in the US, marches took place in 47 states, including Boston. We are rightfully enraged at what Monsanto has not done–no long term and/or independent studies were ever conducted before GMOs (genetically modified organisms) were introduced for human or animal consumption. Scientifically established health problems include organ damage, sterility, birth defects, autoimmune conditions, allergies and cancer risks, and too many others to mention.
But let’s not overlook the very obvious fact that our grandparents knew–good health starts in the kitchen. We are a direct result of what we consume, and the decline in the bee population is a direct result of what they consume as well. The problems start at the top and trickle all the way down. In the case of honeybees, the problem starts with crops all over the world and has resulted in frightening global bee deaths. Here in the USA, there is a revolving door between Monsanto employees and government positions. In fact, key Monsanto figures occupy positions of power at both the EPA and the FDA. They also spend millions to obstruct all labeling attempts when it comes to GMOs. Take their very fresh announcement that they are suing the state of Vermont to stop a new law that requires genetically engineered foods to be labeled. We have the right to know what is in the foods we eat. So why would Monsanto get in the way of that, you might ask? Easy, because it casts a negative light on them and affects them financially. After the multitude of stories and articles I have read written by very reputable journalists regarding the practices of this company, I can honestly say that when it comes to Monsanto, the crock spilleth over with crap. And to keep things painfully simply, the most educational and direct path to change is this link: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/.
Five minutes of reading the front end of this webpage will not only enlighten the most unconcerned citizen about global bee death, but instead reveal that our lack of action directly affects our most precious gift–our children.
Amy Beaumont is a portrait photographer and freelance writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org