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The Bio-Politics of Bees: Industrial Farming & CCD

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:18 am    Post subject: The Bio-Politics of Bees: Industrial Farming & CCD Reply with quote

This landed in my twitter feed and I thought it would be interesting to share.

'The Bio-Politics of Bees: Industrial Farming & Colony Collapse Disorder' new article by @RichieNimmo http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/issue%2012/nimmo.html

There's a lot of interesting information and analysis in it, for example about why almond pollination requires so many bees.

I agree with what I would take as its central idea, which is that we can't just view the various things which contribute to bee decline as isolated phenomena, but have to look for a systemic ( pun intended ) cause.

Given Noami Klein's book "This Changes Everything" and the conference of the same name on Saturday in London, I think there is a certain "mood in the air" to root environmental critiques in economic and social causes and solutions.

Personally, I disagree with the resulting "biopower" analysis, although I think it has a lot of useful elements within it. I think it usefully describes some aspects of the interconnected reality that leads amongst other things to bee and pollinator decline, but it doesn't really explain why this reality came about or what we can do about it.

If I have time I will try to write a longer review. At this point, I'm just sharing for discussion.

Adam.
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