Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston

By Mark L. Winston

Being between bees is a full-body adventure, Mark Winston writes—from the low hum of tens of millions of bugs and the stinky scent of honey and beeswax, to the sight of employees flying backward and forward among plants and the hive. The adventure of an apiary slows our feel of time, heightens our know-how, and conjures up awe. Bee Time offers Winston’s reflections on 3 a long time spent learning those creatures, and at the classes they could train approximately how people may higher have interaction with each other and the average world.

Like us, honeybees characterize a top of animal sociality. How they submerge person wishes into the colony collective offers a lens during which to examine human societies. Winston explains how bees strategy info, constitution paintings, and converse, and examines how company boardrooms are utilizing bee societies as a version to enhance collaboration. He investigates how bees have altered our knowing of agricultural ecosystems and the way city planners want to bees in designing extra nature-friendly cities.

the connection among bees and folks has now not continually been benign. Bee populations are diminishing because of human influence, and we won't find the money for to disregard what the dying of bees tells us approximately our personal tenuous association with nature. poisonous interactions among insecticides and bee ailments were really destructive, foreshadowing related results of insecticides on human health and wellbeing. there's a lot to profit from bees in how they reply to those demanding situations. In maintaining their societies, bees educate us how one can maintain our own.

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Heavenly Honey customers completed the connection from the landowner through my laboratory to honey lovers. And our customers were devoted; Heavenly Honey often sold out within days of bottling. One woman from Taiwan bought hundreds of pounds each year and sent the jars home to her relatives, who preferred our honey to their local brands. Another customer—a Russian—had been exposed to nuclear fallout during the debacle at Chernobyl. His mother, a naturopathic physician, believed that our honey’s healthful properties augmented her son’s diminished immune system.

Why does anyone buy a bottle of Rothschild rather than, you know, a bottle of rotgut? You want to know the quality of the person who made it, of the bees. ” ° ° ° Clearly, artisanal honey reflects our deep-seated desire to connect personally with the farmers who produce our food and the land from which it comes. But there also is a dark underbelly to honey, with intrigue that would fit comfortably in an international crime thriller. This shady worldwide trade in honey thrives by means of a complex and shifting corporate web of producers, shippers, and packers.

The Webbs market two premier honeys, one wildflower and one a specific varietal, sourwood. ” The light amber honey comes from spring flowers, a mix of nectars primarily from tulip poplar, blackberry, basswood, black locust, maple, and wild blueberries. Each year’s product is subtly different, depending on which flowers bloom most abundantly in the spring. They harvest wildflower honey around the end of June, making room in the hives for the summer sourwood flow. The forty- to sixty-foot-tall sourwood tree, also called Lily of the Valley, has clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers that are a signature of the mountain landscape of north Georgia and western North Carolina.

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