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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Saving Honeybees


image1A while ago I wrote about the return of the western bumblebee and the efforts one could take to create a more welcome environment for bumblebees to thrive. As it turns out, the problem with bee scarcity may extend to more than just those under the prefix of bumble. As reported by Time Magazine, honeybees, otherwise known as pollinators of apples, watermelons, cucumbers, and more, are dying in numbers these days due to the harms of pesticides. Continue reading

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Return of the Western Bumblebee


12588The Western Bumblebee has been declining in population since 1998, and hasn’t been seen in Washington state for over a decade. Until recently, that is, when the bee was seen by one Megan O’Donald, as reported by The Seattle Times, in a park northeast of Seattle. Though the cause of the bumblebee’s long absence is unknown, it seems to be connected to the development of commercial bumblebee-breeding programs, these bees being the only native pollinators for tomato plants. Continue reading