The Honeybee Crisis

The Honeybee Crisis

A comprehensive look into the environmental and political implications of the honeybee collapse.
Jake V
Jake V
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Climate change, habitat degradation, pesticides, and air pollution are among the many different factors causing bees to die in numbers like never before. We, as humans, are responsible for a great amount of these environmental crises. Now, don't feel threatened, I'm not saying that honeybee endangerment is specifically your fault. However, this issue is quite serious, and its consequences could be massive. It is mainly caused by corporate pollution, greed, and carelessness towards wildlife preservation.

What is at risk?

Agriculture. Bees pollinate a great majority, 70%, of the top 100 human food crops. A depletion in the pollination source is dangerously detrimental to the state of agriculture worldwide. Without pollination, we lose 90% of the planet's nutrition. You are not immune to this ecological risk; not solving it could mean less food on your plate at the end of the day. Bees are crucial in produce.

Honeybee life. I know you might not care about bees, seeing as you aren't one. However, this mindset is dangerous. If we push off the wellbeing of non-human species, we are putting many species at risk of extinction or endangerment. We have the ability to utilize renewable energy, however we continue to have war over oil.

What can be done?

Put your voice behind banning the use of synthetic pesticides. Pesticides are the largest human-related cause of the honeybee collapse, and using them has proven to be harmful on a few different facets. Farmers apply these chemicals to keep weeds and pests from destroying their supply, which is understandable. However, when this proves to be a burden to the health of pollinating species and to the humans who later consume the crops, the usage of pesticides clearly needs to be reviewed.

Stop habitat degradation. As we destroy the habitats of indigenous species to build new infrastructure, we are contributing to the collapse of honeybees. With less vegetation, there is less pollination, and consequently less food on your plate. Habitat destruction threatens the well being of not only honeybees, but basically any other specie within the area.

Change the system. Pay attention next time you go grocery shopping. Look for organic, non-genetically modified produce. Shop through a local organic farmer's market rather than a large commercial grocery store. By cutting consumer funding to the pro-synthetic pesticide industry, there will be less habitat destruction, economic greed, and loss of bee life. Pay attention to the current U.S. presidential election, look for the candidate who most firmly supports eco-political reform (hint: it's a 74-year-old socialist Jew).

The larger picture

Politically, this issue contributes to the multi-faceted environmental issues facing our planet currently. If you're flummoxed at the idea that greedy corporations are greatly contributing to the degradation of the planet, it's time to learn. This is an existential crisis that must be confronted today. The damage inflicted from this is, in some cases, irreversible. Unless we reform our reliance on oil and gas, we are environmentally fucked. This isn't just relevant to the honeybee endangerment, it is an overarching issue that is ubiquitous in the health of other indigenous species, global warming, factory farming, deforestation, and many more issues. I urge you to take this matter seriously. The impending consequences are immense.

Join Greenpeace in taking action to reform environmental legislation.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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Christian Women And Modern Feminism Cannot Coexist

Women who hold the truths of the Bible cannot also hold the ideas of modern feminism.

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Feminism, as it is defined, is the "advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is NOT where the problem lies.

Eve was made from the rib of Adam, not from the foot to be below him, or the head to be above him, but the rib to stand beside him. The problem does not stand with the ideology that women and men are equal as humans, as this is a Biblical truth.

The problem lies within what feminism has become.

For Christian women, our calling is outlined directly in Titus 2. It states, "(women) are to love their husbands and children, be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands."

This seems to fly directly in the face of modern feminism, doesn't it? Working at home?! How dare you say that! Notably, this verse never says women cannot have a career outside of the home; it simply says that the home is a priority when a woman has a husband and children.

Submissive to their husbands?! That sounds like slavery!

The church is to submit to Christ's word and will, and the husband is to be the spiritual leader of his home. Similarly, the wife is ideally like the church in which she allows her husband to lead the family. It never says that a woman is a servant and can be abused by her husband.

Modern feminism teaches that women are not just similar to men, but that they should be better.

They constantly focus on what they can do that men can't, and what they can do better than men. Why is this a problem for Christian women? Men and women are meant to complement each other in their personalities and physicalities, they are not meant to try and outdo each other.

God made both man and woman to bind together and live life together, as humans are made for companionship. Modern feminism also teaches that you have every right to abort a child within you, even if it's a result of your own irresponsibilities.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart..." As a Christian woman, how could you support an ideology that completely disregards the sanctity of human life?

Modern feminism attacks the core of Christian womanhood and effectively destroys the special qualities of women created by God.

We are made differently than men and that is OK. If you are a Christian woman, and you hold the truths of the Bible as law in your heart, there is absolutely no logical way that modern feminist ideologies can coexist.

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