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I was hoping to go blueberry picking this weekend but apparently the season hasn't been warm enough. The cooler weather means bees haven't been active enough to fully pollenate all the blueberry bushes. The end result is that blueberry season will have a late start this year. Typically it starts at the beginning of July but some farms are holding off a couple weeks. BOO.
This situation made me start thinking about bees. In the last couple years there has been news about honey bees dying off. When I first heard about it, I thought to myself, "is that really a big deal?" But thinking about blueberries and all sorts of fruits and other plant based products, I'm realizing that it IS a big deal.
This trend, along with all the other increasing gas and food prices and other issues, really does not bode well for the US. While I'm sympathetic to the issues that people are facing, it's kind of an "I told you so" scenario. Americans have been living beyond what the world can sustain for decades and we've been turning a blind eye to it.
Realistically speaking, I don't think things are going to get much better. We've lived our lives of gluttony and luxury and now we have to live with the consequences. What we're living through now is reality and the glory days of the last few decades have set expectations that we may be incapable of reaching again. I'm not saying that there aren't some great innovations that could turn things around, I'm just saying that it's time we all strap on a pair, take some responsibility for what we've done and leave our wanton ways behind. Or at least stop complaining about it.
Posted 06/27/2008 05:22 PM in Food, Ramblings | Total Comments: (0)
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