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A Spring without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply

by Michael Schacker (Author), Bill McKibben (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews


“At last an authoritative account of the vanishing bees: one of the most
puzzling environmental problems of recent times. . . . at once a great detective
story and an object lesson of how to live in harmony with the living planet, our
home.” --Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, the Heinz Center for Science, Economics
and Environment

"Who could imagine a spring without bees? One might say this is impossible,
especially the kids. Michael Schacker's eye-opening story A Spring without Bees
is a must-read for all of us who want to live in a sustainable and regenerating
world for many generations to come." --Anthony Rodale, Chairman Emeritus, The
Rodale Institute

"The loss of the bees is a four-fold tragedy: for the beekeepers, the growers,
the consumers and of course for the bees themselves. Michael Schacker's
fascinating and enlightening book is an important new look at the great mystery
of Colony Collapse Disorder." --Dr. James Amrine, President of the Acarology
Society of America, Medical Entomologist, West Virginia University

"In a debate clearly underpinned with political and commercial positioning and
controversy over scientific fact and assumption, Michael Schacker’s
multi-faceted review of the dispute to date, and its possible consequences,
helps us clearly understand what is needed to reverse the bee decline
threatening world food supply." --Dr. Kurt Johnson, ecologist and ethicist;
co-author of Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius

"A Spring Without Bees is an object lesson in just how delicate the web of life
is. It sounds an urgent call to action on behalf of one of our economy's tiniest
laborers but also asks that we re-think the environmental consequences of the
entire way we do business." --Jeff Ruch, Executive Director of Public Employees
for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

“Michael Schacker offers another important rationale for organic farming methods
as a way to protect the fruit and vegetable supply.”--Dr. Timothy J. LaSalle,
PhD, Chief Executive Officer, The Rodale Institute

From the Back Cover

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, the world faces a new
environmental disaster, from a chemical similar to DDT. This time the culprit
appears to be IMD, or imidacloprid, a relatively new but widely used insecticide
in the United States. Many beekeepers and some researchers think IMD is the new
prime suspect for the devastating syndrome known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or
CCD, which has raised the annual die-off rate of honey bees to 30% of all the
beehives in the United States. They say even trace amounts of IMD make bees lose
their desire to feed, which would quickly lead to the collapse of their colony.
After several days, there are few or no bees left in the hive. Since honey bees
are essential to the production of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops around the
world, their demise could spell catastrophe for our food supply and global

In a riveting detective story that melds science and politics, Michael Schacker
investigates the case of the missing bees, examining the many theories on the
cause, including cell phones, mites, new pathogens, and bee management. He then
examines the evidence against IMD. The book does much more than illuminate the
scientific research, however. Using CCD as a metaphor for our own human hive,
Schacker asks: Are the bees trying to tell us something? Could this be the
warning sign of a much larger crisis looming directly ahead? Might humankind
suffer someday from “Civilization Collapse Disorder”? And how must we change
our human hive in order to ensure its survival?

Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, A Spring without Bees is
a compelling cautionary tale and a clarion call for action.

Product Details

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: The Lyons Press (June 3, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599214326



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