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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    needed for more than sweetness

    Michael Schacker's A Spring Without Bees is a remarkable, thorough explanation of how the world's bee population has been severely threatened by the use of pesticides. Schacker carefully describes how this sad phenomena has occurred in various parts of the world, and how differently it has been handled in those places. France, for example, has tackled the issue boldly, and has found success. Due to politics in the United States, though, Americans have only found the problem growing worse. I found myself constantly underlining remarks that were alarming (the Bush administration, for instance, really crippled efforts to remedy the problem). I heartily recommend this book: I had started out knowing very little about this situation. I do not consider myself to be of a particularly scientific frame of mind, yet Schaker's words made sense to me. I began to feel more aware, more educated. For those who care about this world and what we leave as our legacy, this is vital information. All of us must learn to appreciate the value of bees, and how their importance extends far beyond that of sweetening products.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Insight on CCD

    A well written book for beekeepers and bee enthusiasts. This book was extremely informative on the theories that have been presented on CCD in the past. It is also very informative on the implications of such disease such as varroa mites and other diseases that have been traced through the international sales of bees.<BR/>If you wish to learn about beekeeping and CCD, this is an excellent choice.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

    IMPORTANT book for our time!

    The information in this book is not only relevent for our world today, but a CALL TO ACTION! With all the predictions of 2012 being the 'end' of our age/human life/world as we know it, (all with famine as part of the cause) we must spread the word and save the source of pollination or doom ourselves, our meat supplies, and plant and animal life on earth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Colony Collapse Disorder and other Bee Die-offs, real causes and solutions

    Michael Schacker's book, 'A Spring Without Bees', is the most important information you could read right now, because disappearing bees are a BIG issue. Siting scientific research from France and Europe and reports from beekeepers in the field, along with numerous other studies, the scattered puzzle pieces are carefully put together to see the whole picture. This is essential to cut through the clutter of misinformation and proposed possible causes of colony collapse disorder. One factor seems to stand out above all the rest--the bee's delicate immune system and nervous system is particularly suspectible to neonicotinoid pesticides, introduced into this country only a few years ago. These neurotoxic pesticides even play a part in making bees more vulnerable to the AIP virus, mites, fungus, stress and the other proposed causes of CCD. Add to this, the finding that fungicides increase the toxicity of these chlorinated nicotines up to 1000 times and other loopholes that allow these pesticides to be used without independent testing and to be use at over 3 times the amount previously allowed by EPA regulations and it becomes clear--the corporate sponsored tests for safety of these chemicals are meaningless. If that isn't bad enough, this class of pesticide builds up in the soil and takes 3 years to breakdown--so even after their use is suspended it will take another 3 years before bees can safely return. Clearly, this is a wake up call. Better read this book so you know what you are putting on your lawn and what your child is crawling around in! Most important, it is the first book to throroughly investigate this problem and present reasonable solutions that are easy to understand and accessible for everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 22, 2008

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