The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion

The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion You ll never think of bees, their keepers, or the fruits and nuts of their laborsthe same way again Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of LobstersAward winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America s foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations In luminous, razor sharp prose, Nordhaus explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain, and the very future of the nation With an intimate focus and incisive reporting, in a book perfect for fans of Eric Schlosser s Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire,and John McPhee s Oranges, Nordhaus s stunning expos illuminates one the most critical issues facing the world today,offering insight, information, and, ultimately, hope


10 thoughts on “The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America

  1. Brian Clegg Brian Clegg says:

    This was, without doubt a very enjoyable book to read, even though it wasn t much of a science book If you want to findabout bees themselves, read The Buzz About Bees, which I think is unbeaten as an exploration of the nature of bees Here you won t really even get a feel for what a superorganism is, or how individual bees really aren t animals in their own right However what you will


  2. Donna Donna says:

    This is Nonfiction Environmental Science about the plight of bees and the things beekeeper s do to keep them alive First, let me just say, I listened to the audio and I didn t care for the narrator at all She had a nonchalance to her voice and absolutely NO passion for the subject It felt like the book was just words to her Other than that, this was interesting to see the lengths that bee


  3. Susan (aka Just My Op) Susan (aka Just My Op) says:

    The age of mass production has not been kind to bees.Before humans intervened, before the days of agribusiness, bees left to their own devices had hard, short, and sometimes violent and vicious lives Since we ve started helping them, their lives are worse And we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.This fascinating book looks at the lives of bees and at one cantankerous commercial beekeeper, Jo


  4. RoseMary Achey RoseMary Achey says:

    A terrific book for anyone who has questions about the demise of the honey bee Layman or Apiarist you will enjoy the well researched and humor injected narrative I learned so much and it never felt like I was learning.


  5. Charles J Charles J says:

    As befits one who seeks to be a man of wealth and taste if I have to choose between them, the former , I aspire to live on a vast estate, leading the life of a gentleman farmer That doesn t seem to be the immediate future, but we do have enough land to keep some chickens and grow some apples This year, we are planning to add some honeybees, so I figured I should educate myself before taking the first


  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    The Beekeeper s Lament How One Man and Half a Million Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus Published by Harper Perennial, this nonfiction work is altogether fascinating and thought provoking Part artform, part science, beekeeping is certainly one of the most difficult industries To choose such an unsteady livelihood in order to produce honey and pollinate a vast majority of the foods Americans


  7. Annie Annie says:

    Primarily a profile of John Miller, a prominent beekeeper who produces a huge amount of America s honey he owns literally billions of bees Also gives you a good glimpse into the complex social and biological lives of bees, and looks briefly into Colony Collapse Disorder CCD Two potential causes 1 Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus, or IAPV, which is carried on RNA, kind of like AIDS in humans IAPV is correlated s


  8. Patty Patty says:

    It took me a long time to get through this narrative When I started, I knew we had problems with our nation s bee population and so I thought it would be good to learnabout beekeepers and how they are coping I am not sure if it was Nordhaus writing or when I was reading this, but I just couldn t keep my focus on this book.I learned a lot I had no idea how important bees are to almond trees and it never occurred


  9. Erin Erin says:

    A few years ago I was reading bits and pieces about the mystery of the disappearing honeybee when it came up in the news, though as with most things the idea of yet another thing going horribly wrong just kind of overwhelmed me and I let it slide by lest my head explode Fast forward upon reading a random article on beekeeping the other day and finding myself fascinated with the whole affair I decided it was time to


  10. Ali M Ali M says:

    It is always amazing to me that vast number of other worlds that are out there We all get so engrossed in our own worlds that we often do not pay attention to the vast and intricate and interlocking other worlds that spin simultaneously around us As I enjoy honey on my toast, I am now aware of a whole world of bees, their keepers, and the mass production of honey in the modern world Hannah Nordhaus s portrayal of real w


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