May Zoom

Imagine this: The year is 2035. The colorful kaleidoscope of healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds we all know and love have ceased to exist. All the crop-based foods left, mostly wheat and corn, will render that sector of the American culinary experience into a monotonous sameness. What is the cause of this grim future? The extinction of the honeybee. Apis mellifera is no more. 100 million years of symbiosis between insect and flower stopped cold. This is the endpoint of Colony Collapse Disorder. CCD has already caused the death of bees from three to four million hives in the United States, thus billions of bees over the last four winters. The suspects in this massive die-off, each with compelling evidence of their culpability: pesticides, parasites, malnutrition or an AIDS-like immunodeficiency virus. It could be one of them, or most likely some unholy combination of them all, a situation called a “perfect storm” by scientists. And so the experts have presented a call to action: To nourish and hydrate local honeybees, plant a large area of native blue and yellow flowers and place a large bowl of regularly-replenished water in your yard or on your apartment balcony. Also, buy organics and become a loyal patron of your local honey producer.

michael isenbek

Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.