“If we had a formal contract with honeybees, its executive summary might read something like this: We, the bees, will provide you with honey and other products of the hive, as well as pollination services.  In return you, the humans, will maintain an environment in which we can thrive, free of toxic pesticides and rich in diverse flowering plants.” – p.8

 “If there is one notable message from beetimehoneybees, it lies in the power of their collective response to stress, in the way they allocate work, communicate, make decisions, and balance individual activities with their communal imperatives.  Our decision to either emulate honeybees by opting for the collective good or to pursue personal interest and individual gain may be the decisive factor in the success or failure of our response to contemporary environmental challenges.” – p. 17

I really enjoyed reading this book, a mix of science and story telling.  Since writing this initial post, a friend lent me another book, “The Biology of the Honey Bee”, also by Mark Winston.  I’m now taking a beginner beekeeping course out at Royal Roads University and it turns that some of the resources are from that text as the presenter studied under Mark Winston at SFU.  Wow, how’s that for a little bee hive convergence!