Friday, July 15, 2011

The Beekeeper's Lament...Review & Giveaway!

There is a new book out that should definitely make its' way onto your summer reading list...The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus.  Here is the scoop on this new release from Harper Perennial...

The honey bee is a willing conscript, a working wonder, an unseen and crucial link in America's agricultural industry. But never before has its survival been so unclear—and the future of our food supply so acutely challenged.
Enter beekeeper John Miller, who trucks his hives around the country, bringing millions of bees to farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. Even as the mysterious and deadly epidemic known as Colony Collapse Disorder devastates bee populations across the globe, Miller forges ahead with the determination and wry humor of a true homespun hero. The Beekeeper's Lament tells his story and that of his bees, making for a complex, moving, and unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world. 

OK...as soon as I heard the title you KNOW I had to let my mother-in-law The Queen Bee have fist dibs on this one!  Here is what she thought...

If the honey bee disappears, half the items in your grocery store would, too.
With this fact in mind, I read The Bee Keepers Lament. Bee keeper John Miller is the main focus of Nordhaus' research but you meet many "bee guys" in the book. What I learned from reading this book was that putting honey on the market's shelf is not an easy task.  It is kind of like farming or commercial fishing (a subject I am very familiar with), it is a feast or famine life.
One very interesting fact of bee keeping these days is that the keeper will move his hives from home base (say Florida) and truck them to the almond farms in California to pollinate the trees. There are not enough honey bees in the wild to pollinate such huge farms. The almond industry is a massive market, world-wide, with most of the almonds coming from California farms. Farmers now make 150.00 & upwards for hives they used to get 6.00 for and after the pollinating is complete they truck the bees to their winter home to rest, which may be at a farm in North Dakota somewhere. Who would have thought?
The plight of the honey bee has been in the news of late, a phenom known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD has been devastating hives all over the world. Although it seems that this is a new disease, from what Nordhaus found, it may be ancient. Bees suffer from many diseases and parasites and it is not unheard of for a keeper to lose a quarter or third of his bees every year. This CCD is mysterious in that all the bees in the hive disappear, leaving a crazy queen and a few stragglers behind. The positive in all this is, if you can find one, would be that it brought the problems of the honey bee and it's keepers to the forefront and money is flowing in for research. Large sums of it from the very profitable almond farm owners! So the moral of this story is to buy local honey and keep the bee keepers in business.
I recommend this book to any & all lovers of honey..actually to anyone who likes fresh fruit, veggies and almonds, it is a real eye-opener !

Sounds interesting, doesn't it??  The Queen Bee certainly thought so!  You can pick up your copy today on Amazon...
Thanks to the publisher, Harper Perennial, one RBM reader will win a copy of The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus!  Thanks so much to the sponsor.  Here is how to enter...

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

158 comments:

debbie said...

I use it in my asian sauces, I even put it in my black bean sauce.
On a side note, I have been following this for years. It is even worse, than just 50% of the food dissapearing off the shelves.Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”
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I, myself, eat jars of honey each year subscribing to the theory that if I eat locally made honey then my allergies will not be as severe. I have also been following the Colony Collapse Disorder for some time and have talked to several beekeepers about the issue. It scares me to think about the possibility of no more bees. I would love to read this book.

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My dad and brother recently each set up hives in their back yards. It's been amazing to watch and learn about the bees. I didn't realize how much they water down honey at the store until I had their honey. We use it for sandwiches and on toast. My dad uses it weekly in his bread recipe.
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Hubby puts it in his coffee. I'm not a big risk taker in the kitchen because my family is super picky but I love to eat it on things like waffles. Yum.

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I love honey with chicken and waffles instead of syrup!

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we have honeybee hives and we use honey is most everything that needs sugar- we use LOTS of honey

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I use it most in tea and with my greek yogurt! This book sounds great, and I added it to my Amazon wishlist. I also suggested it to my friend who just started beekeeping.
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