“If the bee disappears from the earth, man would have no more than four years to live” Albert Einstein.
This beautifully illustrated edition is meant to educate the reader about the potential extinction of the bees as an indicator of a mass extinction, the last one of which was 65 million years ago. It explains what pollination is, who does it, why its essential to us, what things are threatening our pollinators and what we, as individuals, can do about it.
They have been in existence for over 100 million years, but it has taken us less than 30 years to kill almost 50% of them off. Bees are responsible for pollinating 60% of the world’s food supply. Without them, the human race would face starvation. A worldwide epidemic, it has been called the bee apocalypse by Russia’s president, but it is worse in the United States than any other country. Since 1972, feral honey bees in the United States have declined 80% to near extinction, and domestic bees in the United States are down to 60%. Since 2006, the epidemic has been referred to as colony collapse disorder, describing the disappearance of entire colonies of bees.
Among the causes cited for this disaster of epidemic proportions are parasites, the decrease in abundance and diversity of wildflowers, insecticides and genetically engineered foods (GMO’s) that create their own synthetic pesticides which kill bees as well as other insects. But one thing is for certain– mankind is responsible for the drastic decline in bee population and the United States government is doing nothing about it. On the contrary, the government has taken measures to make the problem worse.
There is more to this delicate 100 million year old evolution of pollination that just honey bees, who were not native to the United States, but imported from Europe and probably originally came from Africa. At least 4,000 species of wild bees are known to exist in North America alone. All of them are at risk, and this book will show you how you can make a difference in saving them, our food supply, and our planet as we know it.
50% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to Bee Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of bees and the environment.
“Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It,” written by Kenneth Eade, and illustrated by Valentina Eade, can be considered a manifesto for the survival of bees. The pressing issue of bees’ extinction is something that should concern the entire population of planet Earth, given that each and every individual’s life depends on the fate of our bees. Were it for pollination to disappear, a whole natural cycle would be broken, and thereby our lives would change dramatically. Jo Ammons, New York Book Examiner.
“Bless the Bees” is a formidable resource for anyone who is concerned or wants to learn more about the unclear future of bees as a species. This book is informative, well written, well-researched, and highly resourceful. I applaud the author Kenneth Eade for compiling such an excellent reference for readers. – A.C. Haury, Bibliophile Book Reviews
This beautifully illustrated book should be read by each and every individual living on this planet as the fate of our bee population is of global concern. Without pollination a whole natural cycle would be broken, thus strongly impacting our lives.” – Top Books Worth Reading
“The book suggests ways of `fighting back’, from buying organic, avoiding GMOs, to working against the powerful chemical lobby and supporting conservation. Getting even more personal, the book takes the resolution to the problem directly into our homes and lets us know what each of us can do to reverse this tragedy. This is a very important book and one that belongs in the hands of everyone who cares about ecology and the preservation of the bee population that in turn means the preservation of life as we know it on this planet.” Grady Harp
From the Author
Two years ago, my wife, Valentina Eade, and I were celebrating our second wedding anniversary in San Francisco, California. At brunch, on the table, was an informative brochure, telling us about the bee epidemic and that the hotel was keeping hives on their rooftop to help ameliorate the situation. I had thought that the bee crisis had long passed, and we were both very alarmed over it. She is a professional photographer. I am a writer. So, we both decided to “shake things up” and generate awareness about what is probably the most important environmental and human issue of our lifetime. She has been all over the world working on her project, and the photographs in this book are of just some of the “friends” we have meet along the way. We hope you enjoy them and the book, and that it makes you feel as strongly about the subject as we do.