The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a compelling story about a young girl living in the 1960s. The main character, Lily, is 14 years old, but has the mindset of a 60 year old. She runs away from her abusive dad to live with 3 black, sister beekeepers in Tiburon, South Carolina. This was the only place in the world she knew of to go because her now dead mother had kept a label from the sisters’ honey jars. While living with the sisters, she learns many life lessons and grow as a person. In the novel, there were countless instances where the events that actually took place in the 1960s were mentioned. Some include the first landing on the moon and an incident with Jack Palance. The ways of life in the book also resemble what it was actually like in the 1960s.
Do you ever look around and ask yourself, "Where have those fuzzy, black, and yellow worker bees gone?" Well, I do! Bees are hard workers and whether they are pollinating plants, making honey, or just flying around making that "Bzzzzzz" sound they are always working. People underestimate the power of bees and the benefits they bring to this earth. The truth is they are very important to people and to the earth, but people don't realize that, and neither did I. After you get finished reading this essay you're going to know some of the answers to those "why" and "how" questions people always ask about bees. Like "why are bees dying?" or "how can we help them?" So, let's begin!
Imagine entering your local food store and seeing that items most people eat everyday have been discontinued. Items such as coffee, apples, cucumbers and honey are no longer available to consumers. This may not be possible in our generation, but one day it could very well happen.
Bee hives are disappearing daily, not only will this cause some food consumption to go down but also, economic decisions could be different because there will be no choice to have honey, shelter, and fiber, so we should focus more on measure to protect bees, that way they don 't become extinct.
What are Pesticides and Why are they used? A question that often times arises in are minds. But there is only one explaination so that way farmers can have crops with a higher yield and will bring more money. On the other hand, pesticides are not a good idea because, they are in the food we eat and water we drink. These Pesticides are hurting tens of thousands of animals and humans each and every day and we don´t even realize it either.
Honey bees are very important to people in the world. Not only do honeybees produce honey, but they do much more to help people. Malcolm T Sanford, a professor at the University of Florida says “the honey bee is credited with approximately 85% of the pollinating activity necessary to supply about one-third of the nation’s food supply” (Sanford 1). Over 50 major corps rely on honey bees for pollination (Sanford 1). Without the pollination, the crops will not get what they need for them to grow and produce. With this result, a majority of crops may be lost. According to Justin Moyer, a reporter at the Washington post, “The USDA estimated that honeybees add more than $15 billion to the value of the country’s crops per year” (Moyer 1).The honey
What should we do about invasive species? Should we humans take action or let nature take this case? There are two sides to this problem, but as humans we should consider what action to take afterall we started this problem. Invasive species have done harm to the environment by spreading and taking over the environment. They have caused endangered species at risk due to them. The threats of invasive species are that they carry diseases and are cable of changing ecosystems. In this essay I will argue that humans need to take action to solve this problem we created before its brings danger to our environment, ecosystem, and human health as the cause of killer bees.
Every day millions of honey bees fly back and forth from their hives. They pollinate a plethora of flowers and produce great amounts of honey. Many people do not realize what bees do for them and their communities. Without bees, people would not have any fresh flowers or produce. The bee population helps provide growth to one-third of the food in the world (Haltiwanger). Without bees, there would not be as much food for humans to survive. Even though we need bees to survive many people go on with their day not ever thinking of what can save the bees. They use pesticides to grow their grass, never buy organic food or honey, and even kill bees that come near them. Scientist today started working on many different experiments to help save the
This project was chosen to investigate the decline of the honeybee and the impact on Australian agriculture. The honeybee decline is interconnected with environmental sustainability with key environmental challenges threatening the future of the honeybee and the industry of beekeeping. Some of these factors such as land degradation, limited water availability, loss of plant biodiversity, climate change, pests and pesticides loss of public lands such as National Parks, State forests and reserves, all impact on the sustainability and ecosystems which the honeybee depends and likewise, the ecosystems depend on the honeybee. With the disappearance of land to urbanisation and government restrictions on access to public lands some 70% of Australian
"There is nothing perfect," August said from he doorway. There is only life". This is what I believe, is the most important sentence of the story The secret Life of Bees. This sentence appears at the end of Chapter 12, on page 256. I consider this is the best sentence in the story as it genuinely helps Lily understand that there is no such thing as perfection. It 's absurd to think or label someone or something as perfect because it 's just not realistic and you can 't achieve perfection either. In order to become "perfect" we can 't make mistakes which all know is impossible simply because of the fact that we are human beings. It also helps her forgive her mother realizing that she isn 't that perfect image that she had drawn in her head
These of course are all small ways to help the overall problem, but in mass majority the problem can be easily fixed, getting your voice out there and projected at a federal level could save our bees and our beautiful prosperous springs, and summers. If the population is unwilling to contribute this way, even limiting water can help the eventual collapse of the bee species as a whole, “The yield of vegetables and fruits is very low because of inadequate moisture content in the soil. Changes such as heavy rainfall in unseasonable months and severe water shortages at regular intervals indicate climate change.” (Pramila); climate change is a big deal when it comes for the populations of bees, and limiting water usage or conserving water can help the situation as a whole. Becoming a beekeeper as a hobby would not only grow the populations of bees, but an individual can even relocate the hives in the nature and expand the amount of populations that could repopulate and grow the average of colonies as a whole, “Today, there are half as many beekeepers as there were two decades ago, and the remaining beekeepers are mostly large-scale pollination services with thousands of hives and millions of bees. But there was a
Based on a scientific analys , the very accelerated loss of species that we are experiencing could be up to 1,000 to 10,000 losses per year. these losses do not only include wild animals or mammals that are constantly haunted , but also small pollinators such as bees. the bee decline is a an issue that is currently affecting most of North America and many countries in Europe , but the number of bee colonies are increasing in China .
In the novel The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd the reader learns of a girl named Lily Owens. Lily is the main character of the story and the book was written from her perspective. Lily is a fourteen year old white girl growing up in 1960's Sylvan, South Carolina (Kidd 2). Lily had been raised by her father who she calls T.Ray because “‘Daddy’ never fit him" (Kidd 2). He is unloving, cold-hearted and abusive towards Lily. Lily is also haunted by the memory of accidentally killing her mother when she was a child. After her mother died, her father hired a black woman, Rosaleen, to act as her "Stand-in mother" ( Kidd 2). (there needs to be something here) When Rosaleen insults several racist men and gets arrested, Lily manages to break out Rosaleen and escape her father and the police. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they meet the Boatwright sisters.
There are a few things that we can do individual that may seem insignificant but if we all make an effort to do so change will be seen. It is up to us to go beyond our homes, we must rally together and be the voice of the bees. Through awareness, individual efforts, and….
In the autumn of 2006, farmers began to notice a loss of 30 – 90 percent of their bee hives. Loss of bee population over the cold seasons is common, but never had the decline in population been that drastic (Stress and Honey Bees). Colony Collapse Disorder is the event in which bee colony populations rapidly decrease. In this phenomenon, the bodies of the missing bees are not found and the only remaining bees are juvenile and the queen. Noticeable symptoms of CCD are: absence of adult bees in the hive, little to no dead bees in the hive, and what is left of the bee colony is reluctant to eat any of the feed given to them by the beekeeper (Related Topics). CCD is currently the biggest issue among bee keepers and farmers and economic stability.