Bees disappearing at an alarming rate is one of the most pressing concerns that do not get enough media mileage in recent years. While there have been efforts to raise awareness on the issue and save the bees, there is still much to be done to address the problem that threatens one of the most hardworking species in the world. Just imagining life without bees leaves a grim outlook for the future given their vital role in the human and animal food supply. Some of the best ways to better understand the issue and be part of the global efforts in saving the bees include an experiential and educational visit to an urban beehive. And to learn more about bees and the threats that face them, here are some interesting and informative books worth reading.
A World Without Bees by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.” – Albert Einstein
One of the most poignant images posted on the internet is that of a supermarket produce shelf that almost had nothing in it. It was a picture that spoke a thousand words because a world without honeybees can greatly affect global food supply. In this book, the authors take a look at what’s causing the disappearances. And more importantly, it raises the questions everyone should be asking what can be done to save them.
Bees in the City: The Urban Beekeepers’ Handbook by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum
You know there is home about the bee problem when a growing number of people living in cities and urban areas are getting into beekeeping. Bees in the City is a great book for anyone who is interested in learning the craft of beekeeping including the various ways to raise and take care of them.
Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Dyer Seeley
Honeybee Democracy is a thought-provoking and inspiring read about how honeybees make decisions. It is based on observations from years of research that delves into the behaviors and dynamics of honeybees.