Bees and monoculture

Yesterday there were many news stories about a semi-truck of honeybees that overturned in Washington State.

There are so many things to say about this catastrophe, but the underlying cause is monoculture. It used to be that farms kept bees on hand, or that there were enough native and feral honeybees to pollinate our food. No longer. Now huge semis of bees are trucked around the country. They are not properly taken care of, filled with anti-biotics and miticide, and kept just barely above the level of dying.

For more background information on this, I’d recommend watching the film Queen of the Sun.