Got home from a great weekend in the Catskills full of music, barns, blueberries, ponds, bonfires and jalapeno cornbread to find a great documentary on PBS about the mysterious disappearance of the honeybee. The program is about two years old, so read this to get the latest on what those smart guys and gals in white coats are discovering. It seems as though it’s a combination of factors, including farming practices, that are making the bees more vulnerable to disease. Recently a discovery has been made that bees sterilize their hives and in doing so, give the colony a form of “social immunity,” which lessens the need for each individual bee to have a strong immune system.
Godspeed, honeybees. Without you, those blueberries would never have existed.