Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Great Bee Bummer

If you know me, you know I love TED talks. I've been a big fan for years, and this TED talk is too important not to share.

Marla Spivak is a professor of entymology at the University of Minnesota and is responsible for developing the Minnesota Hygienic line.  In this talk, you'll learn about:

  • "Tomato ticklers"
  • Social healthcare in the beehive
  • The interrelated causes that killing off bees
  • What people can do to help (Hint: Plant lots of bee-friendly flowers and stop using poisons!)
One thing to note is that this TED Talk was originally filmed in 2010, though it was only just released this September in 2013. That means Dr. Spivak's figures at the end of the video are 3 years out of date. So when she says that 30% of hives are dying out every year, that figure is a little off. Per a NY Times article, the figure was closer to 40% to 50% for 2012. That means that we are quickly reaching that tipping point Dr. Spivak describes. As a society, we really need to act quickly to save the bees -- not just honeybees, but all of the 20,000 species that inhabit our world.

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