More More Bees

by Scott Smith

So, I’ve been thinking about the bee thing, pretty much constantly, and I’ve got a couple of questions.

There’s a lot of talk about how dependent our food supply is on bees, but is that because we grow our food in such a centralized way that massive numbers of honey bees have to be trucked in in order to insure pollination? I mean, I don’t raise honey bees in my backyard and I still get tomatoes and zucchini without trucking bees in. Perhaps it will simply force us back into small scale, local food production. Maybe the return of the Victory Garden. Am I being naive? Putting too much confidence in the backyard food movement?

Perhaps it is not that we are too dependent on honey bees, but that we are too dependent on large scale agriculture.