Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Bees and humans
My afternoon fitness walks of the last four days have taken me through a sprawl neighborhood of town homes, where everything is managed, right down to the all-American lawns that splay along each asphalt driveway and three-car garages. Each lawn was sprayed with a commercial (toxic) pesticide. A little white sign stuck in the ground next to the sidewalk passing in front of each managed home warned of danger to humans (let it dry first, the signs suggested) and pets. No mention, naturally, of the danger to native pollinators, like bumblebees. This op-ed from the NY Times looks into this debilitating matter in a lot more detail.