Ecology

Bees, Water, Almonds, and Making Better Choices

man in a bee costume in front of almonds

I had a discussion with someone about honey bees because, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the honeybee population in the US dropped 42% over the last year. Now I know what you’re thinking: “F*** bees; they killed Macaulay Culkin in My Girl.

Uh, well, sure there’s that. But bees are awesome for all types of reasons, chief among them is the fact that they are awesome pollinators. Granted, they’re not the only pollinators out there, but they are far more impactful than we give them for.

Will we starve without them? Probably not.

Will producing crops prove more difficult and require more resources without them? Probably hell yeah.

That said, I want to switch gear to a connection I just made. Apparently one of the crops most affected by the drop in honeybee populations is the California almond. This tasty little fruit…

I know, it blew my mind too when I first found out it’s not actually a nut.

…requires a lot of bees. Do you know what else California almonds require an ample amount of? Water. Yup, yet another thing the Golden State is having issues with recently.

I love almonds just a much as the next guy, but are they worth the trouble at this point? We have other things we can eat, right? Almonds aren’t some vital portion of the human diet. At least I don’t think so. Did 4th grade science class lie to me all those years ago? It lied to me about Pluto after all.

Who can you trust these days?

Truthfully, when it comes to the game of capitalism, I’m not certain we won’t let any situation get too far, but I’m going to keep an open mind here. Maybe I’m being too hasty in the brandishing of my trusty torch and pitchfork. There are, of course, plenty of articles out there defending almonds and their contribution to our economy. They grow on trees too! Remember, we need those for like oxygen and stuff.

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But seriously, we as consumers need to make smarter decisions. Almonds aren’t the sole reason for California’s drought, but there will always be an argument for keeping them around as long as they keep raking in the dough. We also don’t know why bees are dying off, but we know that pesticides (especially synthetic ones) aren’t helping. If you have access to organic produce, go for that instead if at all possible. Or do whatever the hell you want because, at the end of the day, your life decisions are your own. All I’m saying is that although you’re just living your life, our seemingly innocuous choices often impact the rest of the world and our future.

And bees. Don’t forget the bees.

Peace out, party people.

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