Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee (Biopolitics Series)

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Bees have interacted with humans for thousands of years. Their role in our society is obvious. Without them, we’d be hard pressed to find an alternate source of pollination. The use of their products, wax and honey, is universal. We’ve come to know the honey bee as having a reliable bee-human relationship.

Lisa Jean Moor & Mary Kosut share their unique insights of urban beekeeping and the power of the bee in Buzz. From the outset the authors pave the way towards understanding the important part they play in their insect niche. Not only do these productive creatures manufacture important products for human consumption and provide the all-important pollinations, but they are part of a much larger role in nature.

The authors thoughtfully allude to the euphemism, the story of the birds and the bees, to broaden an assumption we share about a bee. They reveal their behavior and the reasons for it, further elucidating their activity in a way that provides a deeper understanding of their nature and yields an even deeper mystery of their existence. The book makes me feel glad that someone out there cares enough about this humble creature to cast them in a light they deserve. Thanks for the Buzz.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher NYU Press
Publish Date 2013-Sep-27
ISBN 9781479827381 Buy this Book
Issue January 2014
Category Science & Nature


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