Last week I discussed a movement now afoot — one that my wife Gena and I support — calling for the ban of certain agricultural insecticides known as neonicotinoids that scientific review has shown bear much of the blame for the catastrophic global loss of bee populations over the last decade. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, of the 100 crops that account for 90 percent of the food eaten around the
You might say my wife, Gena, has a bee in her bonnet.
For a while now, we have been raising honeybees on our Texas ranch. We are among the estimated 115,000 to 125,000 beekeepers in the United States, the vast majority of them hobbyists like us. We know the value and importance of bees. As far as important species in this world go, they are top of the list.
As the great Naturalist John Muir once
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating, chronic condition that affects more than two million people worldwide. Its exact cause is unknown and its symptoms include paralysis, tremors, pain and fatigue. Its symptoms can be managed with treatment. Without it, they can become progressive, severe and incapacitating. As recently detailed in a Kaiser Health News report, after two drugs previously tried failed to control MS symptoms or to prevent repeated flare-ups, an Ohio patient found