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Saturday, April 2, 2016

If The Bees Die, So Will We! Really?

Being concerned about the dying population of honey bees should be on our minds, but did you know that the honey bee did not enter America until the 18th century? We brought it from Europe and what a feat that was to keep those rascals on shipboard! 

The Native Americans referred to it as the "White Man's Fly" due to the fact that they would appear a few days ahead of the Europeans appearance into each valley or plain.

Does this also mean that vegetables were not introduced into the diet until the arrival of the bee? No. As there have been people living on the American soil for countless numbers of years, we can safely assume that they were more than just meat eaters.

So what happens if we ultimately take the honey bee out of our existence? Will we all die without their ability to pollinate our crops as so many have claimed? No, but our variety will be reduced.

Listed below are the vegetables that we will still have access to:

All leafy greens
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kohlrabi

Below ground root veggies and tubers such as: carrots, parsnips, salsify, potatoes, sweet potatoes, horseradish
Ground level root veggies such as beets, turnips, rutabagas
Most legumes including peas and beans
Corn - like other wind pollinated veggies, giving them a little shake helps distribute the pollen
Herbs, like lemon balm
Onions and leeks

The honey bee has brought us countless fruits and vegetables that would disappear from our diet, but rest assured, we will not perish from the Earth without their company. 

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