Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Our honey bees are in trouble. Since 2006, beekeepers have lost from a third to 90% of their hives, in what is called "Colony Collapse Disorder" or CCD. And no one knows what causes this sudden disappearance of all adult bees.
Pesticides are the most suspicious culprits, as is urban sprawl and decreasing farmland. For a while, cell phones were thought to bother the bees. There's a varroa mite that feeds on bee's blood and transmits viruses, and a pathogenic gut microbe, nosema, that also cause bee deaths. It could be a combination of all of the above problems, scientists say.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED
Bees pollinate as they search for food to take back to the hive. And 130 crops - most of them food - depend on bees, from almonds in California to blueberries right here in N.C. Without a healthy bee population, our food supplies will dwindle. Beekeepers here in NC and VA truck their bees all over the South and even out to California, earning money from farmers who rely on bees to pollinate their crops. Without bees, there would be little fruit or veggies.
That's why I'm posting the link below that I want you to follow. Let Congress know that you want the EPA to look into pesticide use and colony collapse disorder.
MAPLE, HONEY AND OATMEAL BREAD, from THE NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK
butter for pans
3 cups boiling water
1 cup rolled oats, plus ¼ cup oats, for topping
2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup honey
1 ½ cups wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt *(I added)
1 teaspoon yeast
about 4 ½ cups white flour
2 egg whites
1. Boil water.
2. Combine 1 cup rolled oats and butter in a bowl.
3. Add boiling water to oat mixture. Let stand until butter melts.
4. Add maple syrup, honey and wheat flour, and mix.
9. Divide the dough into two equal amounts, shape loaves, and place into loaf pans.
YIELD: 2 Loaves
(c) THE NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK