National Honey Bee Day

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August 16 – National Honey Bee Day

Originally posted on MOM's Organic Market Blog:

national honeybee day smallYou’ve probably heard about the declining bee population, maybe from the news, the Vanishing of the Bees, or Save the Dandelions.  Maybe you haven’t heard that National Honey Bee Day is Saturday, August 16th!

There are a bunch of factors that contribute to the declining bee population.  A big one that is getting more and more attention is the neonicotinoid class of pesticides.  These are systemic pesticides, which means that once they are applied, that are absorbed and present throughout the entire plant.  And like all pesticides, they don’t disappear – they stay in our soil and water systems, wreaking long-term havoc.

The problem is that even the tiniest amount of these pesticides (“sublethal” exposure) can hurt bees.  Low exposure can…

  • reduce the amount of pollen that bees gather, which is what the bees eat.
  • impact development of bee memory and sense of smell, which makes it harder…

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Hip Hop Song “Kick the Meat Habit”

Chad Harper wrote this song to honor vegans. Thank you Chad!

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Reboot with Joe Cross at Barnes & Noble

ImageThis week while I was in B&N in Bethesda I caught an event with Joe Cross who spoke about his past while promoting his new book.  The event was packed and people asked lots of questions.  Joe is a charismatic and dynamic speaker and he knows how to win friends and influence people.  One of the most interesting points Joe made was our historical reliance on plant-based food.  The trend towards animal protein is a relatively recent occurrence in human history.

It was interesting to happen upon the event after recently showing his film ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’.  Someone asked about Phil, the truck driver in the film.  Unfortunately Phil had a relapse which made me sorry to hear.  Joe said his weight has fluctuated but he has maintained around 240.

While I have a Vitamix, I have not gotten into juicing.  For one thing I prefer to eat whole foods and keep the fiber; however, I agree with on the benefit of a juice fast or cleanse.

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