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  •  Beautiful! Love bees, (7+ / 0-)

    Or else!

    Workers in the Maoxian county of Sichuan, China, an area that has lost its pollinators through the indiscriminate use of pesticides and the over-harvesting of its honey, pollinates pear and apple trees by hand.

    In this part of China, the honeybee has been replaced by the human bee, for the past two decades.

    Every spring, thousands of villagers climb through fruit trees hand-pollinating blossoms by dipping "pollination sticks" (brushes made of chicken feathers and cigarette filters) into plastic bottles of pollen and then touching them against each of the tree's billions of blossoms..

    The Little Blue Ball thanks you GreenMother, and so do I.

    Thank You!  Here's a {hug}.

    •  The first time I heard of this was in (3+ / 0-)

      Michael Schacker's a Spring without Bees.

      It was due to an anti-pest campaign under Mao, to target rats, mosquitoes, sparrows, and flies  and they killed a lot more than that. Reminiscent of the scenes described in Silent Spring (which was contemporary to that time period in which DDT and Dieldrin were sprayed by plane to control things like gypsy moths, but instead killed every songbird, bee, and barn cat in entire communities while contaminating the dairy farms and a lot more than that.  I thought about republishing this diary for Earth Day, but got so busy outside I completely forgot.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:33:15 PM PDT

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