A World Without Bees (2020)

A World Without Bees Alison Benjamin Brian McCallum A World Without Bees If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left Albert EinsteinA third of all that we eat and much of what we wear relies on pollination by honey
  • Title: A World Without Bees
  • Author: Alison Benjamin Brian McCallum
  • ISBN: 9780852650929
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
A World Without Bees Alison Benjamin Brian McCallum If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left Albert EinsteinA third of all that we eat, and much of what we wear, relies on pollination by honeybees So if or when the world loses its black and yellow workers, the consequences will be dire.What is behind this catastrophe Viruses, parasites, pesticides and cli If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left Albert EinsteinA third of all that we eat, and much of what we wear, relies on pollination by honeybees So if or when the world loses its black and yellow workers, the consequences will be dire.What is behind this catastrophe Viruses, parasites, pesticides and climate change have all been blamed, as has modern monoculture agribusiness In this timely book, two keen amateur apiarists investigate all the claims and counterclaims with the help of scientists and beekeepers in Europe, America and elsewhere.They ask the question that will soon be on everyone s lips Is there any possible way of saving the honeybees and with them, the world as we know it
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  1. M.G. Mason

    A world without bees is a flawed book that attempts to bring to the fore a serious problem that has arisen in the last 5 years, honeybee colonies have been succumbing to a bizarre killer called Colony Collapse Disorder That is, beekeepers waking up one morning to find their colonies practically, or completely, empty The book writers list a variety of problems, discussing known diseases and how long we have known about this problem Several doomsday scenarios are presented to us including a proble [...]

  2. Sam

    I am in two minds about this book On the one hand it is a relatively well written account of the author s research into Colony Collapse Disorder CCD and its potential causes whilst on the other hand it is not a particularly scientific or balanced account of the phenomenon and has personal opinion particularly the author s than is actually helpful On the positive side it is a very accessible book that anyone will be able to pick up and read without having to have much background knowledge, howev [...]

  3. Barb Bailey

    A World Without Bees by Alison Benjamin is interesting and educational But this book is not particularly well written I was a bit disappointed that after 300 plus pages researches still are not sure what is causing Colony Collapse Disorder The problems believed associated with the disorder are many including use of pesticides, virus, and over working of the bees as well as not enough diversity in the queens gene pool Iowa State U , Penn State U and many other organizations around the world are d [...]

  4. Heidi

    I highly recommend this book.But read with caution, as it will leave you wondering about the fate of the human race.The conclusion I ve come to the REAL reason behind the worldwide loss of honeybees is simple really HUMAN GREED It is terrifying and we do NEED to look into the problem and try to fix it but if we don t WE will pay the ultimate price Humans simply CANNOT live at least not as we are accustomed to right now without the humble honeybee.

  5. Andrew Tunstall

    So you think we depend on bees for honey Try apples, oranges, almonds, in fact most fruit and most vegetables they also need pollinating oh, and cotton too there go your T shirts and of course meat bees pollinate the clover and lucern so obviously milk and cheese, and butter, and ice cream Life would be such fun without bees breakfast of dry toast uh no jam, remember and cereal with water, while wearing nylon pyjamas.

  6. Fiona

    A very slow, sporadic book No consistency in actually presenting a summary of research, the chapters overlapped a lot and I just ended up not caring at all Factual inconsistencies about their suggestions of a world without bees or even just pollinators made me annoyed not all plant life on earth is sustained by pollinators, in fact basic botany tells us otherwise Find another book if you want to read aan out bees.

  7. David Hayes

    In a way I wish I could make people read this I m not a raging environmentalist by anyone s standards, but this was a thought provoking and indeed troubling read.

  8. Lucy

    Lots of information about why bees are important I would have liked to read about what the world would be like without them Maybe I lack imagination.

  9. David

    I started this book because I like honey, only to be taken on a whirlwind tour of global, interdisciplinary scope.Colony collapse disorder CCD has been afflicting bees worldwide at least since the beginning of this century, and maybe earlier Add to the vagueness of when it began extra vagueness about what causes CCD This chattily narrated book takes on that lack of clarity and tries to make head and stinger of CCD, its definition and causes stress climate change pesticides parasites viruses In i [...]

  10. Emma Cooper

    A World Without Bees takes an in depth look into why honeybees all over the world are disappearing and what that might mean for us It doesn t make entertaining reading the message is too bleak, and at times the text itself it dense, littered with acronyms for bee viruses and scientific names for parasites.The book is divided into 11 chapters The first looks at man s use of honeybees over thousands of years The second investigates why the honeybee is so important to us, looking beyond honey to it [...]

  11. M.L. Sparrow

    For reviews, or to see my favourite quotes from this book, check out my blog at mlsparrow.wix mlsparrow First of all, let me address the huge pink elephant in the room Yes, this book looks boring as hell You should have seen the look on the cashiers face when I brought it I then had several family members taking the mickey, however, despite how it seems this book was very interesting and informative In my opinion everyone should read this book, and books like it, because then maybe people woul [...]

  12. Changeling72

    The book was published in 2008, so things have moved on since then, but it was interesting, if not concerning to read their account of Colony Collapse Disorder The authors travelled widely and met a lot of apiarists and scientists in the course of their research It seems, after all, that massive depopulations aren t without precedent, such as the Isle of Wight disease in the first decade of the twentieth century Varroa mite infestation would appear to be a key problem, but, of course the actions [...]

  13. Tina

    Excellent detailed explanation of which pesticides and companies are affecting our wildlife, unfortunately not much information on what would be available to the world if bees did become extinct This was a very narrow book that concentrated mostly on chemicals and arguments between scientists, apiarists and chemical companies I had hoped this book would concentrate on the things that would be available if bees were to die out, perhaps tell us of the other insects that also pollinate, though does [...]

  14. Juliet Wilson

    Where would we be without bees A third of what we eat and much of what we wear relies on pollination by honeybees So the fact that honeybees are in desperate trouble as their numbers plummet across the planet is of major concern to all of us.A World Without Bees, whose authors are keen beekeepers themselves, outlines the history of the human relationship with the honeybee, going back to early cave paintings of bees It then explores all the stresses that we put on bees, including trucking bees ac [...]

  15. Paul Kieniewicz

    As a new beekeeper, I welcome this thorough account of the problems that bees are facing today, their population decline, the specter of their extinction Not least, the consequences for biodiversity and the food chain While this is not an academic text, there s a great deal of information here, apparently very well researched My one criticism is that while I learned much about the US bee problems, industrial pollination and issues related to long distance trucking, the issues pertaining to the U [...]

  16. Steve Gillway

    This book is a microcosm of the modern world Bees are great and they have been around as long as we have However, they are under threat and this book looks at the issues surrounding the issue They include diseases and mites affecting bees, the different species, the ecological changes, city sprawl,the introduction of foriegn species, pesticides and industrialisation Bees themselves are an economic commidity to be trucked around to pollinate For me the biggest insight is the way science, agricult [...]

  17. Evelyn

    There aren t many chilling statements that have been made about the death of the human race than this If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left Albert EinsteinA World Without Bees was published back in 2008 so some of the information feels a little dated now as research has been done, however I would still recommend this to anyone who is looking to brush up on some background info It looks into some of the possible causes of the declin [...]

  18. Kathleen

    It is always delightful to read a book written by someone who loves their topic Two amateur apiarists write an extremely enjoyable book about the bee crisis By enjoyable I mean, of course, intelligent, accessible, and informative By crisis I mean, of course, the horrifying prospect of the honeybee s extinction In the prestigious vein of Silent Spring, Benjamin and McCallum thoroughly explore one of the great environmental problems facing us today It is a journey well worth following.

  19. AJ

    An interesting look at Colony Collapse Disorder and many of the possible causes I was amused to learn that honeybees are actually not indigenous to North America Honeybees suffer some terrible conditions and I would argue that they are essentially factory farmed If anything, this book made me even firmer in my organic, anti monoculture leanings Treating insects like machines to do our bidding in factory like, unnatural settings is obviously not sustainable.

  20. Dana Susan

    A British beekeeping friend sent us this book published in England, sub titled THE MYSTERIOUS DECLINE OF THE HONEYBEE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO US I didn t realize that bees pollinate a third of our food crops The authors present the inconvenient truths about climate change, pesticides, agricultural industrialisation, etc The endangerment of the honeybee was predicted decades ago in Rachel Carson s SILENT SPRING Read both books and weep.

  21. Sally

    This book began my fascination with the honey bee While it may not be an entertaining read, it opens your eyes to a side of agricultural practices that are fascinating and yet disturbing Our reliance on this little creature is enormous This lead me to read a lot on the topic and probably bore people stupid but as Albert Einstein told us, in not so many words, bees die and within four years we re screwed.

  22. Karen Snyder

    This was a fascinating book In detail of the history of bees, talk of native pollinators and the current bee crisis We seem to agree pesticides are evil and yet they are still being used I don t know what the answer to the bee crisis because it seems to be many factors, but whether its pesticides, traveling 1000s of miles on a truck or stressed bees, we need to do something about localizing our food.

  23. Sally

    This book is fascinating although a little bland at times I became quite obsessed with the subject of bees for a time after reading it and sought out on the topic It really puts into perspective the effect agriculture and industry have had on the environment and the artificial means and industries we seek create to balance the scales.

  24. pool spy

    really american centric which is fine if ur in america i guess but it said something about there being no native bees in australia whichis totally untrue and i gave up reading it when i read that and also it just talks about all the bee disappearing rumours without offering up much explanation but i guess it s an ongoing bee mystery but yeah couldn t bee bothered finishing it.

  25. Kathleen O'Hara

    This book had lots of interesting information, but was not well written and was often redundant Although I was hugely interested in the subject of the book, I couldn t wait for it to end I had to force myself to pay attention and it really dragged, rather than capturing my attention by being interesting, engaging, and well written.

  26. Sarah

    Save the honey bee This book highlighted complex agricultural and environmental factors that contribute not just to the dying of honey bees but also endangers hundreds of other native bee species Save the honey bee, native bees and all bugs and critters upon we humans utterly depend for our own survival

  27. Michael

    really fascinating book about how man has destroyed genetic variation within honeybees and has, consequently, created a situation through vast monocultures where all other natural pollinators can no longer exist, where the western honeybee is not only responsible for most of the food we eat, but is also seriously threatened by ever resistant parasites and diseases.

  28. Jane Baker

    Wonderful Changed the way I think of bees and all they do for us The book made me really feel for the bees, think of them as humans in a weird way Empathizes with them This was writen a few years ago Have they found the cure to CCD

  29. Donna

    Very informative and an important book that everyone should read Without bees, the human race will be no There will be no food, clothesin cancer treatment drugsis extends to every corner of life.

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