The question applies to all parts of the world as experts tell us that the bee population is dropping dramatically. Here in Australia we have had a marked drop in honey production as the bee population is also affected.
Some experts predict that if bees disappear, humanity will follow suit within three to five years.
Monoculture farming which goes hand in hand with chemical spraying is a contributing factor.Fields of canola look pretty and inviting, but there is a hidden reality to such images, whether it's wheat, soya, barley...
"Until about four decades ago, crop yields in agricultural systems depended on internal resources, recycling of organic matter, built-in biological control mechanisms and rainfall patterns. Agricultural yields were modest, but stable. Production was safeguarded by growing more than one crop or variety in space and time in a field as insurance against pest outbreaks or severe weather. Inputs of nitrogen were gained by rotating major field crops with legumes. In turn rotations suppressed insects, weeds and diseases by effectively breaking the life cycles of these pests. A typical corn belt farmer grew corn rotated with several crops including soybeans, and small grain production was intrinsic to maintain livestock. Most of the labor was done by the family with occasional hired help and no specialized equipment or services were purchased from off-farm sources. In these type of farming systems the link between agriculture and ecology was quite strong and signs of environmental degradation were seldom evident.
But as agricultural modernization progressed, the ecology-farming linkage was often broken as ecological principles were ignored and/or overridden. In fact, several agricultural scientists have arrived at a general consensus that modern agriculture confronts an environmental crisis. A growing number of people have become concerned about the long-term sustainability of existing food production systems. Evidence has accumulated showing that whereas the present capital- and technology-intensive farming systems have been extremely productive and competitive, they also bring a variety of economic, environmental and social problems .
Evidence also shows that the very nature of the agricultural structure and prevailing policies have led to this environmental crisis by favoring large farm size, specialized production, crop monocultures and mechanization. Today as more and more farmers are integrated into international economies, imperatives to diversity disappear and monocultures are rewarded by economies of scale. In turn, lack of rotations and diversification take away key self-regulating mechanisms, turning monocultures into highly vulnerable agroecosystems dependent on high chemical inputs."
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COSTANTINO (59937) 2014-08-08 2:33
Hello dear friend
thanks for sharing with us your question
about bees population which is dropping
yes you are right about the bees disappearance
here we have a shot divorsed into two parties
the amazing blue sky and the yellow earth
with the trees separating sky from the earth
impressive work welldone and wellseen
have a nice weekend
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-08 2:43
l love the blue-yellow contrast on your photo.
The composition is superb too.
Your note is very interesting. l have watched a documentary film about these things... very very sad...
Have a nice weekend
kasianowak (7565) 2014-08-08 2:48
Thanks for raising this important and very worrying issue. We talk a lot about chemical weapons used during wars but fail to realise we do the same to Mother Nature.
Nice photo, yellow and blue look great together.
dkmurphys (52773) 2014-08-08 3:06
Lovely colors of the field. I like this image a lot.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-08 4:36
An excellent note and photo together. It is scary to think that humanity depends so much on bees but we neglect that link. I think we take too much for granted. Thanks for the wake-up call.
stamatis (2561) 2014-08-08 4:56
Great color, POV. View is a very beautiful. I like it.Well done.
All the best,
rbassin (19954) 2014-08-08 5:34
une trčs belle composition , avec des couleurs bien saturées.
willperrett (8337) 2014-08-08 8:48
Your note puts a completely different spin on what I initially took to be a bright, pleasant and colourful landscape. It is that, but the "message" is in the title. I'm intrigued how titles direct how we "read" a photograph by providing an anchor for the preferred reading. Nice image; thought-provoking title and note.
rychem (28111) 2014-08-08 9:07
Great! we have such a beautiful rapeseed fields in May, and you photo is a spring photo with fantastic colors and light
dekanski (4214) 2014-08-09 15:36
zabrinjavajuće konstatacije i činjenice u tvojoj noti, ali ja ću se osvrnuti samo na tvoju fotografiju koja je odlična ilustracija.
Kao što često činim neću samo da hvalim, ovog puta dve zamerke: horizont nije horizontalan mada mi se čini da je u pitanju ravnica, malo mi je previše neba a premalo kanole, ja bih malo spustio kameru i/ili se malko sagnuo.
emka (86535) 2014-08-09 22:16
Hello Klaudio, Interesting question and very important problem. And big canola fields, although such nice to photograph, are not so good in realty.
Beautiful shot, nice trees between yellow and blue.
WArm regrads MAlgo
abmdsudi (46928) 2014-08-11 11:11
Thanks to your lengthy notes, what a surprise to me...
Photowise, It's lovely wide expanse of countryside, oand I am mesmerized by those vibrant bold colour of the lush flowers and the green expansion composed and captured from well though out and used point of view. A cracking shot, Congrats
macjake (61504) 2014-08-13 4:44
yes, i've heard about this loss of bees as well on the news and online.
first of all, let me say that i'm not disagreeing with you about the possible reasons for such decreases in numbers...but lets take another approach.
a much simplier approach i guess.
sometimes i wonder if these losses, gains, species growing in numbers, species lowering in numbers, lands with drought, lands with flooding, forests with wildfires, forests with drought....i wonder if these issues have been constantly flucating throughout the centuries and centuries and centuries...and life just continues.
the difference now is that humans are able to NOTICE these changes and humans can document these flucuations. therefore we get worried about them.
whereas in the past when these flucations occurred nature just takes care of itself naturally.
what do you think?
interesting post for TE, i've really enjoyed it
adores (41054) 2014-08-15 1:35
It is true, we're destroying everything. Some say that the antenas and the mobiles may also be one of the causes, just hope the situation may be changed. This is really a field for many bees, but unfortunately, profit is first nowadays and people do everything to get it.
However, the field is very beautiful, just like a yellow carpet. Beautiful shot, with great colours!
serp2000 (42096) 2014-08-17 12:06
Thumbs up! Wonderful picturesque composition, the colors are great! Thanks for so interesting and actual information, I am not an expert in this theme, but we are living on the one planet and we have got common problem in agriculture.
Greetings from Ural, Russia!
fotka (3945) 2014-08-22 5:46
I like how you composed this photo of the field of rapeseeds with a group of trees at middle. They look like a island on yellow sea. The three colored photo is pleasure to see.
Well done with good quality.
Have a nice weekend,
GFSSD-1 (3785) 2014-09-03 10:06
sweet yellow with calm blue,
all the best
Cloud__Warrior (387) 2014-10-30 14:20
Like the contrasts in the colours here, works well.