New Thread on the CCD/beeloss/frustrated beekeeper forum
I am a new member, and this is my first post. Also know, I have not owned a hive in my life, but I am considering beekeeping as a hobby.
I have read this thread through, and my thoughts are directed to the area of this thread that was discussing the nutritional requirements of bees.
Please bear with me.....
In my personnel life (In spite of being trained as an RPN) I have been seeking ways to stabilize and enhance my own immune system since the discovery that I am allergic to antibiotics due to over usage as a child. This was the way it was back then, so there is none to blame for this.
I deal with a local health food store that is owned and operated by a woman who was also my trainer in the local hospital Emergency Department. We have many good conversations.
One of these conversations was discussing the current produce that we all eat in Canada. Most of our vege's come from an area that I visit in Northern California, which is considered the salad bowl of North America.
We discussed the depletion of the soil that has led to the need to supplement our diets... because the "carrot" although it continues to look like a carrot, does not contain the same nutrients that a carrot that my Grandmother ate when she was a child.
Fast forward.... My daughter, who I have attempted to feed well her whole life, (she has always cooperated in this) has been unable to grow strong fingernails. They peel and always have looked like she chews her nails, when she has never done this. I brought this up to Linda, at the health food store, and she suggested a product, that I chose to take for myself since if my daughter was not getting this nutrition?...neither was I.
When my daughter returned home from university that summer, I suggested that she supplement her diet with this product, (which had caused the strength in my nails to double). She chose to ignore me as daughters often do.
A couple of months later we went to a department store, and she showed me in her shopping basket that she had chosen about $40 worth of potions that claimed that they would cause her to have healthy strong nails by applying them from the exterior of her body.
Instead I dragged her to the health food store and suggested that she supplement her diet with this certain product. To make a long storey short. In about two weeks there was a ridge in her outgrowing nails that showed where the thickness in them had been doubled.
To this day she continues to take the product, although intermittently, because her body level of "ingredients" to grown healthy nails has now been stabilized.
Here are my thoughts....If through mass production of food, and through soil depletion, our food no longer carries the nutrients to sustain us as in the time of my Grandmother?....then I must also consider it possible that the nutritional value of pollen from these same crops may be starving, or leaving nutritional deficits in the diets of the bees.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”