An Argument for Wildlife-friendly Farming Strategies (Part 4)

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Adopt Wildlife-friendly Farming Strategies

There are also several pros and cons to this scenario as well. Often, the pros and cons are the inverse of the “Don’t Adopt Wildlife-friendly Farming Strategies” option! However, the pros far outweigh the cons if industrial farmer choose to adopt wildlife-friendly strategies.

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Public Familiarity of the “Bee Crisis”

Introduction

For my primary research, I started by writing a research question: “How familiar is the public with the media-dubbed “Bee Crisis” and what do they think is the most likely cause of it?”

I decided that a survey would be the best way to answer my research question.

I used Survey Monkey to design and conduct a survey that received a total of 54 responses. I designed the survey to be short and easy to take, with a total of seven required questions and one optional comment box.

The participants of my survey were mainly recruited using a select few subreddits: Sample Size (/r/SampleSize) and the San Francisco State University’s subreddit (/r/SFSU). I also forwarded the survey to some acquaintances I was familiar with. I made sure that the acquaintances I sent the survey to had not read my website about the “Bee Crisis,” so I was sure to get an unbiased opinion not tainted by my website.

I staggered out the advertising of my survey on the aforementioned subreddits so that I would generally know where participants were coming from.

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The Stakeholders in the Bee Crisis

Introduction

Most would point the fingers at the pesticide manufacturers and the industrial farmers as the main causes of the “Bee Crisis,” forcing beekeepers to adapt to stay in business, but I would also say the commercial beekeepers are partially at fault.

The Bee Crisis is a complex, multi-faceted issue that has the potential to impact every single one of us—eventually. There are other causes to the Bee Crisis besides industrial farming and the heavy use of pesticides, including Varroa mites and various viruses and diseases (Paxton, et al. S57).

Because of its complexity and the differing opinions of all those involved, it’s difficult to identify what the argument of the Bee Crisis actually is.

Everyone involved in the “Bee Crisis” is pointing fingers at possible causes and progress towards a solution is very slow. An article entitled “Bees, Inc.” written by Josh Dzieza references when the “Bee Crisis” first started: “Colony collapse disorder came to global attention in 2007.” It’s been almost a decade since the “Bee Crisis” was first reported by the mass media. A decade and we still haven’t come up with a lasting solution. Adaptation has been the only quick fix utilized; hopefully enough to keep up with the losses of hives.

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Honey Bee Suite: A Credibility Analysis

Is Honey Bee Suite Credible?

Rusty Burlew’s credentials make her blog, Honey Bee Suite, a credible source of information even though some of the content is not backed up by a secondary source.

It’s a Blog About Bees

Simply put, Honey Bee Suite is a blog about bees and (incidentally) beekeeping. Rusty Burlew, the author of the blog, has a strong scientific background and uses it to reliably inform her readers about bees and, occasionally, other pollinators.

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