Beekeeper’s lament

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The beekeeper’s lament : how one man and half a billion honey bees help feed America by Hannah Nordhaus  595.799 M648n

This book recounts the remarkable experiences of John Miller, one of the foremost migratory beekeepers.  Despite mysterious epidemics that threaten American honey populations–and America’s agribusiness– John Miller forges on and moves ahead in a new natural world.  He travels the country with thousands of hives, seeking blooms and making honey.  Nordhaus explores the vital role beekeepers play in American agribusiness and in the maintenance of our food chain.  A fascinating read.

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There’s a Buzz about Bees!

The European Union plans to restrict the use of three pesticides to protect bee populations.  Bees are critically important to the environment by providing pollination for a wide variety of crops and wild plants, thereby ensuring biodiversity.  In the past decade, beekeepers have noticed a steady decline in the bee population which could have dire long-term consequences for the environment.  This proposed ban by the EU of three neonicotinoid pesticides on plants and cereals that attract bees is welcome news to farmers, beekeepers and environmentalists.  To read more about it, click here.

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A notable book for 2012

Click for more infoDrinking water : a history by James Salzman  363.756 S186                                                       Duke professor James Salzman shows how drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change and how humans have been wrestling with these problems for centuries.

To learn more about our “water footprint,” which includes not just water we use and consume in our homes, but also water used to produce the goods and services we consume on a daily basis, click here.