I am troubled by the fact that so much is being said about the alleged quote by Albert Einstein “that without bees mankind could not survive for more than 4 years!” or is it 10 years? This has been used so many times that it is becoming commonplace, yet there appears to be no reference to this quotation prior to 1994 when a group of French bee farmers were trying to get a particular chemical banned, and used this as a slogan to help their cause. Now of course this is being quoted any time the discussion is centred on the problem we are facing with our bees, in the press, on forums, even in Parliament.
As a beekeeper when talking about bees to my friends and others, they would say “Einstein said That without bees mankind could not survive for more than 4 years!” Which to their astonishment I would reply “Did he?” While helping on a display stand this summer many members of the public came up to the stand and repeated the quote. However what is troubling me is the fact that to one of them I replied “Yes” Is it a case of, if you hear something often enough you begin to believe it.
While I can find no reference to link Einstein with this quote I would like to know if there is any connection and under what circumstance it was said.
While I question this quote I am fully aware of the seriousness of the problems facing beekeepers, but using a possible inaccuracy will not help the cause.