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  • Hannah Nordhaus
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  • 10 May 2018
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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ IDELTA.US µ Hannah Nordhaus Hannah Nordhaus µ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD FREE READ The Beekeeper's Lament How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America Isive reporting in a book perfect for fans of Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desireand John McPhee’s Oranges Nordhaus’s stunning exposé illuminates one the most critical issues facing the world todayoffering insight information and ultimately hop. It took me a long time to get through this narrative When I started I knew we had problems with our nation s bee population and so I thought it would be good to learn about beekeepers and how they are coping I am not sure if it was Nordhaus writing or when I was reading this but I just couldn t keep my focus on this bookI learned a lot I had no idea how important bees are to almond trees and it never occurred to me that people moved bee hives all around the country I am alarmed at all the problems with mites and diseases that bees have It is especially scary because so much food is dependent on pollination by bees So for all that I learned I give Nordhaus three starsI also liked meeting John Miller the beekeeper who is the focus of the book It is good to meet people through their stories that I would never encounter in my own narrow life There are so many people in the world doing jobs I can t even imagineI think Nordhaus explanation of our national bee dilemma would have been stronger as an essay in The New Yorker or another magazine It would have been tighter concise and her argument may have had force Non luogo a procedere long time to get through this narrative When I started I knew we had problems with our nation s bee population and so I thought it would be good to Ainsi se tut Zarathoustra learn about beekeepers and how they are coping I am not sure if it was Nordhaus writing or when I was reading this but I just couldn t keep my focus on this bookI Awakening learned a Call Me By Your Name lot I had no idea how important bees are to almond trees and it never occurred to me that people moved bee hives all around the country I am alarmed at all the problems with mites and diseases that bees have It is especially scary because so much food is dependent on pollination by bees So for all that I The Mark of Athena learned I give Nordhaus three starsI also 2002 Index of Economic Freedom liked meeting John Miller the beekeeper who is the focus of the book It is good to meet people through their stories that I would never encounter in my own narrow Grenadier Volume 7 Grenadier life There are so many people in the world doing jobs I can t even imagineI think Nordhaus explanation of our national bee dilemma would have been stronger as an essay in The New Yorker or another magazine It would have been tighter concise and her argument may have had force

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As befits one who seeks to be a man of wealth and taste if I have to choose between them the former I aspire to live on a vast estate leading the life of a gentleman farmer That doesn t seem to be the immediate future but we do have enough land to keep some chickens and grow some apples This year we are planning to add some honeybees so I figured I should educate myself before taking the first concrete steps The Beekeeper s Lament a 2010 book by Hannah Nordhaus which combines talk of bees and beekeeping with modest philosophy about both seemed like a good place to start I was not disappointed I learned a lot and I also found food for thought about modern agricultural and eating practicesNordhaus weaves together three threads the occupation of commercial beekeeper the agricultural industries that modern beekeeping largely exists to support and the biology of bees including at the end information about what most people are most interested in honey As part of this project I have so far also read two other books the lightweight but not worthless Keeping Bees with Ashley English and a hyper technical work The Beekeeper s Handbook Others are in the mail I m a big believer in getting book knowledge before embarking on getting practical knowledge My wife and I are also taking a daylong class from the local beekeeper s association From all these things I figure we should be able to start our project without screwing up too badly so I am not very worried about our own beekeeping though doubtless there will be challengesI think beekeeping is something both liberals and conservatives can get behind Not corporatist globalist Republicans and Democrats though they no doubt think we should all stick to our comparative advantages and buy only cheap honey cut with corn syrup from Wuhan using cash earned from slaving away at some soul sucking job that adds no actual value to society thereby maximizing global GDP the Omega Point of humanity Other than for such morons though preserving nature eating healthy and better grasping our place in the natural world should all be apolitical even in these days of overpoliticizationThe focus of the book is a North Dakota based commercial beekeeper named John Miller a Mormon whose grandfather Nephi Ephraim Miller started the family tradition of beekeeping and also invented migratory beekeeping where bees are moved to follow flowers as they bloom He was a smart man among other wisdom he passed down was A successful manager watches all details because the honey business is a detail business if success is to be obtained Daymond John would agree Nordhaus originally wrote a magazine article centered on Miller and later expanded it into this book While other beekeepers appear like all American agriculture it is an industry with ever fewer but larger scale participants Miller is used as an exemplar for the type in short mostly men with somewhat difficult personalities who like to do things as they want to do them and who are in it less for the money though it is a business than because it s what they want to doThe reader learns a great deal about bees in particular how variable their output can be depending not only on what flowers they take nectar from but also weather disease competition and so forth Until the nineteenth century beekeeping was a marginal business done as a sideline by some farmers Much honey was collected from wild swarms not farmed Modern beekeeping dates from Lorenzo Langstroth a Massachusetts beekeeper born in 1810 It was he who designed the removable frame system for bees with which we are all familiar recognizing after intensive study that a gap of 38 inch between frames ensured the bees would not fill the gap with new comb Before that skeps conical hives typically made of straw were used but those did not permit viewing the bees and had to be destroyed to harvest honey thus making beekeeping a mostly unprofitable business Modern hives are basically unchanged from Langstroth s original his design cannot really be improved upon at least for commercial beekeeping although home beekeepers can select among various modern designs that at higher cost allow easy honey extraction which is something I may use Langstroth s goal was to make it possible to keep bees as a branch of the rural economy and he succeeded beyond his expectations Nordhaus extensively uotes him and I have ordered an annotated copy of his classic work still in print The Hive and the Honey BeeMiller is based in North Dakota from his website his large operation is still operating in 2020 but he as nearly all commercial beekeepers today trucks his bees across the country to earn money by pollinating crops The majority of target crops are in California thus the center of gravity in this book is California and in particular the almond industry in California since that is what makes the entire modern beekeeping industry a viable business Because of foreign competition in honey mostly Chinese an American beekeeper cannot turn a profit without also renting out his bees as pollinators In fact pollination earns most of the money and the honey is a side businessCalifornia produces eighty two percent of the world s almonds and almonds are eleven percent of California s agricultural output although contrary to general belief agriculture is only a small percentage of California s GDP In 2010 the crop was 15 billion pounds now it s 23 billion This sounds good who doesn t like almonds I m particularly partial to marzipan myself But like all modern farming of both crops and animals the almond industry is entirely artificial and hugely destructive of the natural landscape Almonds reuire very specific growing conditions and several hundred suare miles in central California are ideal as long as massive uantities of water can be supplied by irrigation And growing them in this way is very profitable No surprise for several decades and land has gone to planting regimented lines of almond trees But as Nordhaus says it is not bucolic The valley smells like a brew of fertilizer chemicals and manure This is an industrial operationIt is pollination of almonds that reuires bees to be imported by the billions In a normal ecosystem local insects and birds pollinate local plants But almond trees reuire very intensive pollination unlike most plants the pollination they get the they yield All the local insects and birds that might pollinate have either been killed by herbicides and pesticides or driven away by habitat destruction Thus this artificial landscape reuires an artificial solution to pollination trucking in bees every spring This is how John Miller earns his living and around this activity Nordhaus discusses the mechanics of keeping bees everything from getting stung to bee breeding to most critically bee pathologies including what we have all heard of Colony Collapse DisorderBut before we get to about bees let s talk about almonds Obviously like all modern agriculture the almond industry is driven by economies of scale But that does not answer the key uestion to what end do we need economies of scale The glib answer is in order to get efficient production and therefore cheaper goods or in some cases monopoly profits but that is not at issue here But what are the benefits of cheaper food At one extreme it prevents starvation or malnutrition which is good At the other it permits fat people to gorge themselves while still having extra money to lead empty consumerist lives It s pretty clear that the almond industry and American agriculture as a whole is very much on the latter side of the scale Nobody is starving here and malnourishment is by choice it may be true that some children go to bed hungry but that s because they have crappy parents not some failure in the rest of America When I was young almonds and all tree nuts were a delicacy Now due to economies of scale I can get five pounds for ten dollars Is this an improvement No for the only upside is the ability to consume large uantities of what used to be luxuries For the most part this is just a form of gluttony which is a vice that erodes moral fiberAnd that s ignoring the direct costs which are huge but often hidden or glossed over As we ll see migratory beekeeping is probably one cause of Colony Collapse Disorder But there are other direct costs to our society resulting from industrial farming For example it s increasingly evident that massive use of chemical pesticides is a bad idea I have elsewhere extolled Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution but let s not forget that was not about using chemicals but producing better hybrids We re told that pesticides are safe but an awful lot of them I m familiar with from the early 1990s when I worked summers in a university entomology department that offered services to farmers are now banned though we were assured back then they were totally safe Today drenching millions of acres not just crops but lawns and golf courses in atrazine a known endocrine disruptor that kills many amphibians seems like a bad idea Might the fifty percent drop in human sperm counts and the general feminization of Western men have something to do with that We re not supposed to talk about it though just like all the other things our corporatist overlords don t want us talking about such as mass immigration and the destruction of the family by compelling women to work to fund a consumerist lifestyle What all these things have in common is that a slice of the ruling class profits while the rest of society suffers but is told it s OK because the plebs can now buy food trinkets and enervating emasculating entertainment Almonds are merely one example of this stupid systemThese direct costs are tied to increased risks that impose no costs until they do For example both modern apiculture and modern agriculture rely very heavily on the creation of monocultures In bees ueens are bred for specific characteristics which means genetic variance is sharply reduced exacerbated by the destruction of wild bees which we ll get to later Monoculture in crops is even extreme we re just waiting for the next plant plague so far we ve beat down several Again creating fragility in food production so we can stuff our faces for cheap today is no way to run a responsible societyThe same basic system with even moral component exists in factory farming of animals Why should billions of chickens pigs and cows suffer so Fatty McFatty can eat two half pound burgers at a sitting with a giant side of fries cooked in soybean oil recently found to cause neurological damage at least in mice washed down with a Big Gulp made sickly sweet by high fructose corn syrup No good reason I can fathom All in all I think food should be expensive at a minimum reflecting in its cost the externalities it imposes and in many cases by forbidding imports to compete with American production which would have the extra benefit of making sure America isn t overly dependent for staples on others though I think we are not generally much dependent on others for true staplesThe counter argument usually offered relies on the myth that it is expensive to eat healthy so making food expensive would harm the poor This is a total falsehood on display in the popular 2009 documentary Food Inc There a four person family in California seeks their dinner An obese father and mother drive their two daughters around one about sixteen and normal the other about twelve and morbidly obese Their dinner is six sandwiches and three drinks no fries which seems unlikely for 1148 They realize full well that eating like this is unhealthy and offer ever shifting excuses instead of what is clearly the real reason fast food tastes good because it s engineered to appeal to human addictions which is one of the main points of the documentary The parents say they only have a dollar to spend per person but they spend than 2 per person on a meal and if ordering as their body size makes it clear they normally eat they would probably spend like 5 or 6 They claim We don t have time to cook because they work fifteen hours a day but both children are clearly capable of cooking by themselves for the whole family They then go to the grocery store Look at the broccoli Too expensive man It s 129 a pound They say pears are also too expensive even though the younger daughter wants some They re ninety nine cents a pound you could buy seven for the cost of one of the burgers The simple reality is that this family could save a large amount of money and help the father s Type II diabetes by cooking simply at home But they don t want to do it If though each burger cost five dollars as they should they would The current system is topsy turvy and benefits nobody except our noxious neoliberal overlordsThose who profit from this aren t local farmers for the most part True almond farming seems to still be largely a profitable family enterprise But Gackle North Dakota Miller s home base is dying like most of the small towns of the Northern Plains Agricultural profits go to giant corporations which further goose their profit by importing cheap compliant labor from across our southern border The effect is to destroy the invisible webs of our society It is true no doubt that all mighty civilizations are built around cities leaving aside whether ours ualify as centers of civilization any longer But that must be balanced by power and prestige existing in the provinces and a thriving working class in smaller towns and villages Over centralization of power leads to neither a humane nor a successful society but organizing agriculture for economies of scale creates exactly that centralization even though the land being worked is far from the halls of power because to the cities is where the money generated goes This is a big part of why we are now ruled by corrosive coastal elites whereas in the past power was distributed across the countryAnd back to bees review completes as first comment City of Thieves luminous razor sharp prose Nordhaus explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness the maintenance of our food chain and the very future of the nation With an intimate focus and inc. As befits one who seeks to be a man of wealth and taste if I have to choose between them the former I aspire to Marrying the Enemy live on a vast estate Sugar Cookie Murder leading the La pelle life of a gentleman farmer That doesn t seem to be the immediate future but we do have enough Never Too Late land to keep some chickens and grow some apples This year we are planning to add some honeybees so I figured I should educate myself before taking the first concrete steps The Beekeeper s Lament a 2010 book by Hannah Nordhaus which combines talk of bees and beekeeping with modest philosophy about both seemed Unscripted Scripted #1 like a good place to start I was not disappointed I Все там будем learned a The Trophy Wife lot and I also found food for thought about modern agricultural and eating practicesNordhaus weaves together three threads the occupation of commercial beekeeper the agricultural industries that modern beekeeping The Power of Positive Thinking largely exists to support and the biology of bees including at the end information about what most people are most interested in honey As part of this project I have so far also read two other books the L’écume des jours lightweight but not worthless Keeping Bees with Ashley English and a hyper technical work The Beekeeper s Handbook Others are in the mail I m a big believer in getting book knowledge before embarking on getting practical knowledge My wife and I are also taking a daylong class from the Tomorrow Is Waiting local beekeeper s association From all these things I figure we should be able to start our project without screwing up too badly so I am not very worried about our own beekeeping though doubtless there will be challengesI think beekeeping is something both His Duty Her Destiny liberals and conservatives can get behind Not corporatist globalist Republicans and Democrats though they no doubt think we should all stick to our comparative advantages and buy only cheap honey cut with corn syrup from Wuhan using cash earned from slaving away at some soul sucking job that adds no actual value to society thereby maximizing global GDP the Omega Point of humanity Other than for such morons though preserving nature eating healthy and better grasping our place in the natural world should all be apolitical even in these days of overpoliticizationThe focus of the book is a North Dakota based commercial beekeeper named John Miller a Mormon whose grandfather Nephi Ephraim Miller started the family tradition of beekeeping and also invented migratory beekeeping where bees are moved to follow flowers as they bloom He was a smart man among other wisdom he passed down was A successful manager watches all details because the honey business is a detail business if success is to be obtained Daymond John would agree Nordhaus originally wrote a magazine article centered on Miller and Suspicions like all American agriculture it is an industry with ever fewer but Devil's Food Cake Murder larger scale participants Miller is used as an exemplar for the type in short mostly men with somewhat difficult personalities who Cleo like to do things as they want to do them and who are in it Aus der Geschichte einer infantilen Neurose learns a great deal about bees in particular how variable their output can be depending not only on what flowers they take nectar from but also weather disease competition and so forth Until the nineteenth century beekeeping was a marginal business done as a sideline by some farmers Much honey was collected from wild swarms not farmed Modern beekeeping dates from Lorenzo Langstroth a Massachusetts beekeeper born in 1810 It was he who designed the removable frame system for bees with which we are all familiar recognizing after intensive study that a gap of 38 inch between frames ensured the bees would not fill the gap with new comb Before that skeps conical hives typically made of straw were used but those did not permit viewing the bees and had to be destroyed to harvest honey thus making beekeeping a mostly unprofitable business Modern hives are basically unchanged from Langstroth s original his design cannot really be improved upon at Scratch least for commercial beekeeping although home beekeepers can select among various modern designs that at higher cost allow easy honey extraction which is something I may use Langstroth s goal was to make it possible to keep bees as a branch of the rural economy and he succeeded beyond his expectations Nordhaus extensively uotes him and I have ordered an annotated copy of his classic work still in print The Hive and the Honey BeeMiller is based in North Dakota from his website his The Temptation of Lady Serena like almonds I m particularly partial to marzipan myself But The Mountain Between Us like all modern farming of both crops and animals the almond industry is entirely artificial and hugely destructive of the natural The Second Sister landscape Almonds reuire very specific growing conditions and several hundred suare miles in central California are ideal as Marrying Winterborne long as massive uantities of water can be supplied by irrigation And growing them in this way is very profitable No surprise for several decades and Pure heart enlightened mind the Zen journal letters of Maura Soshin O'Halloran land has gone to planting regimented The Family Beach House lines of almond trees But as Nordhaus says it is not bucolic The valley smells The Glamorous Dead like a brew of fertilizer chemicals and manure This is an industrial operationIt is pollination of almonds that reuires bees to be imported by the billions In a normal ecosystem Autismo local insects and birds pollinate The Divine Nine The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities in America local plants But almond trees reuire very intensive pollination unlike most plants the pollination they get the they yield All the Convergence Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist local insects and birds that might pollinate have either been killed by herbicides and pesticides or driven away by habitat destruction Thus this artificial The Single Sister Experiment What Happens When Single Women Stop Having Sex Urban Christian Urban Christian landscape reuires an artificial solution to pollination trucking in bees every spring This is how John Miller earns his Esposizione Critica Della Divina Commedia living and around this activity Nordhaus discusses the mechanics of keeping bees everything from getting stung to bee breeding to most critically bee pathologies including what we have all heard of Colony Collapse DisorderBut before we get to about bees Kleinstadtnovelle Rotbuch let s talk about almonds Obviously My Brief History like all modern agriculture the almond industry is driven by economies of scale But that does not answer the key uestion to what end do we need economies of scale The glib answer is in order to get efficient production and therefore cheaper goods or in some cases monopoly profits but that is not at issue here But what are the benefits of cheaper food At one extreme it prevents starvation or malnutrition which is good At the other it permits fat people to gorge themselves while still having extra money to The Shooting Party lead empty consumerist The Western Side of the Galaxy lives It s pretty clear that the almond industry and American agriculture as a whole is very much on the Küsse all'arrabbiata latter side of the scale Nobody is starving here and malnourishment is by choice it may be true that some children go to bed hungry but that s because they have crappy parents not some failure in the rest of America When I was young almonds and all tree nuts were a delicacy Now due to economies of scale I can get five pounds for ten dollars Is this an improvement No for the only upside is the ability to consume Snow Flower and the Secret Fan large uantities of what used to be Last Night While You Were Sleeping luxuries For the most part this is just a form of gluttony which is a vice that erodes moral fiberAnd that s ignoring the direct costs which are huge but often hidden or glossed over As we The Bell Jar ll see migratory beekeeping is probably one cause of Colony Collapse Disorder But there are other direct costs to our society resulting from industrial farming For example it s increasingly evident that massive use of chemical pesticides is a bad idea I have elsewhere extolled Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution but Bagels from Benny let s not forget that was not about using chemicals but producing better hybrids We re told that pesticides are safe but an awful Nicotiana Rustica lot of them I m familiar with from the early 1990s when I worked summers in a university entomology department that offered services to farmers are now banned though we were assured back then they were totally safe Today drenching millions of acres not just crops but The Sensory Order An Inuiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology lawns and golf courses in atrazine a known endocrine disruptor that kills many amphibians seems The Sensory Order An Inuiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology like a bad idea Might the fifty percent drop in human sperm counts and the general feminization of Western men have something to do with that We re not supposed to talk about it though just Fade to Gray like all the other things our corporatist overlords don t want us talking about such as mass immigration and the destruction of the family by compelling women to work to fund a consumerist Accelerazione rivoluzione e moneta nell'Anti Edipo di Deleuze e Guattari lifestyle What all these things have in common is that a slice of the ruling class profits while the rest of society suffers but is told it s OK because the plebs can now buy food trinkets and enervating emasculating entertainment Almonds are merely one example of this stupid systemThese direct costs are tied to increased risks that impose no costs until they do For example both modern apiculture and modern agriculture rely very heavily on the creation of monocultures In bees ueens are bred for specific characteristics which means genetic variance is sharply reduced exacerbated by the destruction of wild bees which we La vie de Chopin least in mice washed down with a Big Gulp made sickly sweet by high fructose corn syrup No good reason I can fathom All in all I think food should be expensive at a minimum reflecting in its cost the externalities it imposes and in many cases by forbidding imports to compete with American production which would have the extra benefit of making sure America isn t overly dependent for staples on others though I think we are not generally much dependent on others for true staplesThe counter argument usually offered relies on the myth that it is expensive to eat healthy so making food expensive would harm the poor This is a total falsehood on display in the popular 2009 documentary Food Inc There a four person family in California seeks their dinner An obese father and mother drive their two daughters around one about sixteen and normal the other about twelve and morbidly obese Their dinner is six sandwiches and three drinks no fries which seems unlikely for 1148 They realize full well that eating The Kasari Nexus Rho Agenda Assimilation #1 like this is unhealthy and offer ever shifting excuses instead of what is clearly the real reason fast food tastes good because it s engineered to appeal to human addictions which is one of the main points of the documentary The parents say they only have a dollar to spend per person but they spend than 2 per person on a meal and if ordering as their body size makes it clear they normally eat they would probably spend Only a Novel like 5 or 6 They claim We don t have time to cook because they work fifteen hours a day but both children are clearly capable of cooking by themselves for the whole family They then go to the grocery store Look at the broccoli Too 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compliant Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis labor from across our southern border The effect is to destroy the invisible webs of our society It is true no doubt that all mighty civilizations are built around cities The Tejano Conflict Cutters Wars #3 leaving aside whether ours ualify as centers of civilization any Wild Wings longer But that must be balanced by power and prestige existing in the provinces and a thriving working class in smaller towns and villages Over centralization of power Случаи leads to neither a humane nor a successful society but organizing agriculture for economies of scale creates exactly that centralization even though the 潮騒 Shiosai land being worked is far from the halls of power because to the cities is where the money generated goes This is a big part of why we are now ruled by corrosive coastal elites whereas in the past power was distributed across the countryAnd back to bees review completes as first comment

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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ IDELTA.US µ Hannah Nordhaus Hannah Nordhaus µ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD FREE READ The Beekeeper's Lament How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America “You’ll never think of bees their keepers or the fruits and nuts of their laborsthe same way again” Trevor Corson author of The Secret Life of LobstersAward winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller one of America’s foremost migratory beekeepers. This was without doubt a very enjoyable book to read even though it wasn t much of a science book If you want to find about bees themselves read The Buzz About Bees which I think is unbeaten as an exploration of the nature of bees Here you won t really even get a feel for what a superorganism is or how individual bees really aren t animals in their own right However what you will find a lot about is beekeepers and their complication ridden businessI was amazed at the complexity of industrial scale beekeeping in the US how for example the bee people are paid large sums by almond growers to transport their hives into the almond groves to perform the pollination then have to move out again swiftly as there is no food at all for the bees once the blossoms have gone This whole idea of driving thousands of hives across America is one I simply hadn t realized existedSimilarly it was fascinating to read about all the difficulties industrial beekeepers have faced Like most people I was vaguely aware of the disappearing bees when Colony Collapse Disorder struck but not just how delicate bees were and how afflicted by other disasters particular a nasty mite that destroys them wholesaleEually along with that vague awareness I thought bees were in danger of disappearing and they would if left to their own devices but so effective is the industrial process that bee numbers are being kept up by setting up new colonies with remarkable rapidityThis is without doubt a very readable book though I do find Hannah Nordhaus s writing style a little self consciously arty There are bits of science that you ll find out along the way but it s much about the industry and its ups and downs something that s fascinating in its own right RecommendedReview first published on wwwpopularsciencecouk and reproduced with permission Call Me By Your Name laborsthe same way again” Trevor Corson author of The Secret Life of LobstersAward winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller one of America’s foremost migratory beekeepers. This was without doubt a very enjoyable book to read even though it wasn t much of a science book If you want to find about bees themselves read The Buzz About Bees which I think is unbeaten as an exploration of the nature of bees Here you won t really even get a feel for what a superorganism is or how individual bees really aren t animals in their own right However what you will find a The Mark of Athena lot about is beekeepers and their complication ridden businessI was amazed at the complexity of industrial scale beekeeping in the US how for example the bee people are paid 2002 Index of Economic Freedom large sums by almond growers to transport their hives into the almond groves to perform the pollination then have to move out again swiftly as there is no food at all for the bees once the blossoms have gone This whole idea of driving thousands of hives across America is one I simply hadn t realized existedSimilarly it was fascinating to read about all the difficulties industrial beekeepers have faced Like most people I was vaguely aware of the disappearing bees when Colony Collapse Disorder struck but not just how delicate bees were and how afflicted by other disasters particular a nasty mite that destroys them wholesaleEually along with that vague awareness I thought bees were in danger of disappearing and they would if Grenadier Volume 7 Grenadier left to their own devices but so effective is the industrial process that bee numbers are being kept up by setting up new colonies with remarkable rapidityThis is without doubt a very readable book though I do find Hannah Nordhaus s writing style a Alice in Wonderland little self consciously arty There are bits of science that you The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia ll find out along the way but it s much about the industry and its ups and downs something that s fascinating in its own right RecommendedReview first published on wwwpopularsciencecouk and reproduced with permission