He convincingly demonstrates that bee mortality cannot simply be blamed on the Varrao mite, but that it is a systemic problem in beekeeping: the way in which beekeeping has industrialized with profitable intentions is now leading to the collapse of the beehive, which is a precise expression of how we treat bees. But the author does not stop there. He develops a loving characterization of the bee colony and shows the extent to which the bees, whom he calls master ecologists, have never before become aware of their role as guides to a new approach to nature. In this way he comes to the concept of a compassionate ecology, also inspired by Buddhism, and expands the focus by developing ideas for the redesign of economic and educational areas from the nature of the beehive. A committed plea for a radicalisation of ecological thinking and acting and our relationship to all animals.
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