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Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis

by Rowan Jacobsen (Author)



Editorial Reviews

Review

“Well-informed…For many readers, it may make the mystery of CCD easier to
comprehend. [An] intelligent, important assessment of a confusing phenomenon
and its potentially catastrophic implications.” —Kirkus

“[Written] with a passion that gives this exploration of colony collapse
disorder real buzz…[Jacobson] invests solid investigative journalism with a
poet’s voice to craft a fact-heavy book that soars.” —Publishers Weekly
“The apiculture industry now has its own Upton Sinclair—Fruitless Fall is an
eye-opening, attitude-changing, and exceptionally engaging examination of
America's most overlooked multi-billion-dollar industry.”—May Berenbaum,
professor of Entomology, University of Illinois, and Chair, National Research
Council Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America
“Past a certain point, we can't make nature conform to our industrial model. The
collapse of beehives is a warning--and the cleverness of a few beekeepers in
figuring out how to work with bees not as masters but as partners offers a
clear-eyed kind of hope for many of our ecological dilemmas.”--Bill McKibben,
author Deep Economy

“Rowan Jacobsen tells the fascinating -- and alarming -- story of honeybee
decline with energy and insight.”–Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from
a Catastrophe

Product Description

How the disappearance of the world’s honeybee population puts the food we eat at risk.
Many people will remember that Rachel Carson predicted a silent spring, but she
also warned of a fruitless fall, a time when “there was no pollination and there
would be no fruit.” The fruitless fall nearly became a reality last year when
beekeepers watched one third of the honeybee population—thirty billion
bees—mysteriously die. The deaths have continued in 2008. Rowan Jacobsen uses
the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder to tell the bigger story of bees and
their’ essential connection to our daily lives. With their disappearance, we
won’t just be losing honey. Industrial agriculture depends on the honeybee to
pollinate most fruits, nuts, and vegetables—one third of American crops. Yet
this system is falling apart. The number of these professional pollinators has
become so inadequate that they are now trucked across the country and flown
around the world, pushing them ever closer to collapse. By exploring the causes
of CCD and the even more chilling decline of wild pollinators, Fruitless Fall
does more than just highlight this growing agricultural crisis. It emphasizes
the miracle of flowering plants and their pollination partners, and urges
readers not to take for granted the Edenic garden Homo sapiens has played in
since birth. Our world could have been utterly different—and may be still.

Product Details

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (September 16, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596915374

 

 

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