Monday, July 15, 2013
Bees and Low Information Americans
Case in point I had a woman tell me how "cool" it was that I was keeping bees because they were an endangered specie. Ahhh what? When I told her that I didn't think they were endangered she exclaimed that she used to see bees everywhere when she was young and now she never sees them.
I looked down at the grass we were standing on and asked her if she was a bee just what was there here to attract her to this very spot? I then pointed to the next yard over, which looked exactly like the one we were standing in and pointed out that yard was a barren wasteland to bees as well.
Her response was that no one wanted their yard full of weeds and then mentioned there were roses and other flowers around for them to feed off of. She couldn't understand that bees require acres and acres of flowers to support their hives and not just flowers she thought were pretty either in their neat rows and mulched edges. They require yards full of dandelions and clover, entire fields of nectar producing plants.
This is the ultimate doom of a mob rule democracy, we allow those with absolutely no knowledge or experience to have a voice based on emotion and feelings alone that effect us all, usually in the worst way possible.
Of course I could be guilty of this in a way myself. From my particular point of view bees are no where near endangered. At one time they seemed kinda rare around here it is true but in a few short years my bee keeping efforts have created bee colonies everywhere locally. Even after this last Winter of decline swarms were showing up that I know did not come from my hives directly. One swarm that got away five years ago may have created 100's of feral colonies out there for all I know by now. Maybe it is not the same in other areas of the country but I find it hard to believe that the bees are endangered with the results I saw. My experience tells me what is endangered is habitat the bees will use and understanding of what is needed more than anything else.
What's truly amazing though is all the so called concern about it melts to nothing when you explain what can be done to correct their local problem. As with most liberals and their ideas they want the emotion of being outraged and the feeling they are making a difference but somebody else better pay the price and do the work. The liberals will be happy to cheerlead however and vote you other peoples money.
Would these same people be all happy when a bee keeper places a few hives behind their house? I doubt it. Will they allow a colony to live in their roof? Again not likely and I bet 99% of them would eradicate the colony once they saw the bill for safely removing them as well. And rightly so from my point of view however it does kinda seem a bit hypocritical for them doesn't it?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!