February's Capitol Read is The Beekeepers Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus
The honey bee
is a willing conscript, a working wonder, an unseen and crucial link in
America's agricultural industry. But never before has its survival been
so unclear—and the future of our food supply so acutely challenged.
Enter beekeeper John Miller, who
trucks his hives around the country, bringing millions of bees to
farmers otherwise bereft of natural pollinators. Even as the mysterious
and deadly epidemic known as Colony Collapse Disorder devastates bee
populations across the globe, Miller forges ahead with the determination
and wry humor of a true homespun hero. The Beekeeper's Lament tells his story and that of his bees, making for a complex, moving, and unforgettable portrait of man in the new natural world.
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