Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen–Where will we be without bees?

Got honey? Better love it while it’s here.
Rowan Jacobsen’s Fruitless Fall, the Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis is one of the most accessible science books I’ve read in a long long time. It’s a modern-day murder mystery complete with scientific reality checks of world change on the way of the ilk found in good sci-fi novels and intellectually scary films.  Where have all honey bees gone–and why? That’s the question Jacobsen pursues in this deft little tome of modern human made disaster.  One of my local honey suppliers has been on edge for years due to the facts presented by Jacobsen. I’m thinking of stocking up big time on his honey first chance I get after reading Fruitless Fall.  Jacobsen’s style is personable, easily digestible and all the more frightening for being so. If you enjoy your flowers, fruits and veggies you need to read this book and learn why ‘progress’ is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s time to not just question modern agricultural methods and economies but to start creating viable alternatives.  Furthermore, if you don’t read food labels you’ll want to start at least checking where your honey is coming from–and I suggest not buying any food that comes from China–especially their honey.

What’s in your honey bear? hmm? Honey or high fructose corn syrup? Or the Chinese magic ingredient for obesity and early death????



  1. Roxie said,

    May 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    gotta watch those ingredients…honey should be from bees only…I buy local organic, and stay away from substitutes 🙂 great post Eva!

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Hey Roxie! One of the interestng things Jacobsen discusses is the nature of the Russian Bees–apparently they don’t care much for human meddling–handling–which is why they’re not too fondly thought of by American bee industry. I’ve been thinking that’s a GOOD thing–keeps US out of what is the BEES’ business. And I don’t give a fig for the welfare of the almond industry–and not just because I’m allergic to almonds. They sound greedy and insane.
      Btw, have managed to request The Iguana Tree book you highlighted. Can’t raise a sight on Richard Mosse’s Infra yet though. 😦 Enjoy your vacation.

  2. staffordray said,

    May 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Maybe Romney’s call for less Government intervention needs looking at in the light of what unbridled Capitalism does to nature. There is no immediate return from conservation, so it must be planned and paid for.

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Shudder the whole political arena and nature interaction–gives me the willies, staffordray. I trust NONE of the ‘usual’ political buggers wtih the well being of Earth. They’ve proven they’re worthless so far. As for Romney—where are the kabobs for grilling? hmm?

  3. May 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I hope I get a chance to read this book. I know there is a bee problem, but don’t know the sad details.

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Hello bentehaarstad! Well if you’re curious about the global bee problem this is one book that is not into intimidating readers with the science. If you do get a chance to read it–please do share your thoughts.

  4. May 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    there’s progress and progress… BTW I love honey… the real IT! Lovely post as always!

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