Nix the Nics

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Day 14 of the #AtoZChallenge

Nix the Nics

The honey bees, our fuzzy four-winged friends responsible for pollination of about 70% of the foods we eat are dying at a rate of about 30% per year and getting harder to replace. The conundrum of the disappearing bees is vexing. We used to keep bees, but two years ago, our two remaining hives died, although that’s a misnomer since they didn’t die, but simply disappeared. Sadly, this is year two that we’ve had no bees. My husband doesn’t want to start again without replacing all of our equipment. He thinks it’s contaminated with pesticides and that any hive that moves into those boxes is destined to meet the same fate as the previous occupants.    Read more here…

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6 Responses to Nix the Nics

  1. floraboho says:

    Thank you for helping to raise awareness about this problem! Really motivated me to make sure my family and I do our part for the bees.

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    • pjlazos says:

      Thanks, Jessica! In the end, that’s all when can do, right? Man our own little spot in the stratosphere and work to the best of our ability to raise awareness. 🙂

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  2. Bill Smith says:

    Great series. Sorry about your bees. They do seem to be the canaries in the larger coal mine, no?

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    • pjlazos says:

      Thank you, and yes. Einstein said that when the bees go, mankind is about a decade behind. We’ve not given up on them, just taking a hiatus until we can figure out our next approach. Right now our bee boxes are bunking at the Farm Museum and they use no chemicals on their crops as everything is done the way the did it in the 1700’s (they plow with a horse!). Because the bees foraging area is a 6-mile radius, buying all new equipment will not keep them from eating pesticide laden food despite the current living situation because there are tons of farms around here that use pesticides so the bees will be picking some up somewhere along there route. There’s an answer. Just not sure what yet. Thanks for checking in, Bill!

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  3. As go the bees, so go the humans. I’ve tasted insecticides on some of the fruit, even after washing it, and it scares me. We are poisoning ourselves. This new mosquito virus, how much you want to bet we created it by trying to keep the male mosquitoes from mating with the female. Mutations and diseases by our own hand.

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