Breath Of Ecology

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Yesterday I saw my first honeybee in months and was really excited. I decided to write about them for this week's article, but thought I'd better check to see if I had done that lately.


Yes, I had - last spring, but figured no one remembered the article, so I'd just copy parts of it...


The importance of honeybees in our lives cannot be underestimated, as they pollinate three-fourths of the food that we eat by transmitting pollen on their feet from plant to plant.


Also, the ancient title, "Nectar of the Gods," is a pretty good description of the honey which they alone can produce.


I see honey sold in stores, often piled in barrels on the floor as a food of low quality and importance, when, in fact, it took thousands of bees working tirelessly to produce that delectable treat contained in each of those little bottles.


One single pound of honey is produced by 10,000 bees having traveled a total distance of 75,000 miles!


The extremely low content of water in honey, as a result of the bees fanning it vigorously in the comb before capping it, gives it an incredibly long life span; in fact, some 1,000 year-old honey, still edible, has been found in Egypt.


As we pour honey on our pancakes and desserts, and into our tea and coffee, let's try to be aware of its source and its sacredness. 


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.

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