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The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus
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Jan 02, 12

Read in January, 2012

This book did not make me any less squeamish about bees--perhaps it made me more so. Descriptions of things such as three-inches of grey bee intestines being torn out with the stinger, or bees stinging and tearing their own kind to pieces when they are no longer healthy or productive, did little to glamorize bees for me. But what it did do for me was help me understand just how far-reaching the affects of modern agriculture are. In the same ways that we streamline, hybridize, and mono-culture crops, we also streamline, hybridize and mono-breed bees. These practices have an enormous affect on us, the plants we eat, the bees who pollinate those plants, and everything in between. Also a well-written and compelling narrative of one man's story, his journey.
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