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A World Without Bees
 
 
Author
Allison Benjamin & Brian McCallum.
Publisher Pegasus  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781605980652
Pages/Publication Date 298/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21603
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"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left," assayed Albert Einstein. From Los Angeles to London, from Slovenia to Taiwan, honeybees are mysteriously dying off. In America, one in three hives was left lifeless at the end of 2008; in France, the death rate is closer to 60 percent. Environmental editor Allison Benjamin and apiarist Brian McCallum traveled across Europe and North America investigating the plight of the honeybee, and here explore various causes for this growing catastrophe, including viruses, parasites, pesticides, climate change, and the stressful demands of commercial beekeeping.

"The authors of this data-rich study about the mystery of the disappearing honeybee, dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) since first noted in 2006, consider an array of contributory causes, from invasive mites and the advent of monoculture to pesticide ingestion and urban sprawl. But the collapse, they suggest, likely has no single culprit and can be rolled into an overarching reality—stressed honeybees, now trucked in dwindling numbers across the continent, have been pushed to the point of collapse so that the global agricultural system can keep producing cheap food.... Continuing CCD could cost the American economy $75 billion, and if CCD continues unchecked, there could be a world without bees by 2035. Benjamin and McCallum, beekeepers both, cover much the same ground as previous books (A Spring Without Bees; Fruitless Fall), but bring the added emotion and urgency of passionate apiarists."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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