Spring in New England is a great time of year – the days become warmer, the snow disappears, color returns to our world with green leaves, grass, and flowers. New life reappears again with birds, squirrels, toads and eventually the crickets that will sing you to sleep. And, the humble honeybee.
Back in 2007, well before I ever started writing books, I took my children to see the Bee Movie. It had an interesting commercial from Burt’s Bees before the movie. That was the first time I heard about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Burt’s Bees video All these years later this is still a very real – even more real – and very scary phenomenon that does not get enough press. The bees simply disappear from their hives. If our bees, the workers that make that delicious honey and pollinate not only our flowers, but more importantly our crops disappear – what then?
There has been much speculation and scholarly articles published pointing at different reasons like parasites or mites, the changing environment, pollution, fungus in the hive, the type of genetically engineered corn crops, pesticides and even cell phone radiation – but no one really knows for sure, or how to turn it around. In case you have not heard about CCD, here is a great place to learn more: Colony Collapse Disorder
This blog will definitely go into my Musings bucket. I was going to use this post to talk about authors getting buzz for their books, but I got sidetracked. And honestly, isn’t saving the humble honeybee a little more important than selling books?