Daily Archives: September 6, 2011

*** The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Let’s start with what’s not perfect about The Beekeeper’s Lament: it’s mostly organized around one man, beekeeper John Miller, and may have benefitted from a more global, diverse view.  But for the rest, it’s a delight. Filled with visions of beauty, such as hundreds of thousands of acres of almond trees blooming in California’s central valley, batteries of statistics (I did not know that the same almonds constitute California’s main export, ahead of the lettuce that puts so many ginormous trucks on 101), the daunting voyages of beekeepers and their hives to and from their winter grounds, puzzling laws that make unwanted pollination a crime (a real problem for seedless clementine growers, who knew!), and seedy international trading practices that see many countries export more honey than they produce so they can circumvent laws barring the importation of Chinese honey into the US.

So I will heartily recommend it to anyone interested in nature, how food is produced, and global trade.

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