This Is A Sticky Situation
October 7, 2013 by Joe Marshall
I have written quite a bit about the benefits of honey for the survivalist and prepper. And last year, I wrote an article for the Lamplighter Report concerning the massive die-offs of animals around the globe.
I’m not trying to scare you about what these die-offs mean. There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts of a large number of animals mysteriously dying at the same time, throughout recorded human history.
But this is different.
There was recently an article in the news concerning the boom of colony collapse disorder (CCD), and this is extremely concerning to me.
And it concerns me for far more reasons that just the ever increasing price of honey.
As honeybees gather pollen and nectar for their survival, they pollinate crops such as apples, cranberries, melons and broccoli.
Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90 percent dependent on honeybee pollination. One crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honeybee for pollination.
For many others, crop yield and quality would be greatly reduced without honeybee pollination.
Bees have always been the great pollinators of the world. But until European settlers began colonizing the Americas, there were none of what we consider the common honeybee on this continent.
The native bees that assisted in pollination have all but been destroyed. This leaves the honeybee as our main source of pollination, which paints a devastating picture for our future.
In fact, a 1999 Cornell University study documented that the contribution made by managed honeybees hired by U.S. crop growers to pollinate crops amounted to just more than $14.6 billion.
Each year, American farmers and growers continue to feed more people using less land.
But each year for the past seven years, one-third of the U.S. honeybee population has disappeared.
This epidemic — and that is what this is — still has absolutely no pinpoint reason.
It would be different if the beehives were littered with the bodies of dead and dying bees.
But that is the real concern: The bees are just disappearing, leaving behind empty hives.
Watch the video below to figure out exactly how this can impact you:
Considering the fact that honey is one of the few survival items that never goes bad, now is the time to stock up on it.
If you have a local beekeeper who is willing to supply you with honey, then I suggest you start there.
There are a lot of benefits to collecting, storing and using local honey.
Unfortunately many of us don’t have that ability.
If that is the case for you, check here for a few options to get bulk amounts of raw honey.
P.S. The vanishing honeybee is one of the most overlooked threats to our food supply. If the colonies continue on this path, I don’t know how much longer our agricultural “machine” will be able to run. And it will affect a lot more than our supply of honey.
Do you know how to prepare for when the food runs out?
P.P.S. If you have the time, be sure to watch the video below. It is a much more in-depth documentary from the U.K. about its similar losses: