A Spring without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply (Hardcover)
July 2008 Indie Next List
“A must-read for anyone concerned about our food supply. What Rachel Carson did for the birds, Michael Schacker does for the bees.”
— Marilyn Scheer, East West Bookshop, Seattle, WA
In a riveting detective story that melds science and politics, Michael Schacker investigates the case of the missing bees, examining the many theories on the cause, including cell phones, mites, new pathogens, and bee management.
About the Author
Michael Schacker is an investigative science writer and is the founder of The New Earth Institute, a lifelong learning center on the Internet. He has served as a strategic consultant and contract writer in the field of regenerative agriculture, and believes that there is a solution on this Earth for each of our many problems if we but look for them.
“At last an authoritative account of the vanishing bees: one of the most puzzling environmental problems of recent times. . . . at once a great detective story and an object lesson of how to live in harmony with the living planet, our home.” --Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and Environment
"Who could imagine a spring without bees? One might say this is impossible, especially the kids. Michael Schacker's eye-opening story A Spring without Bees is a must-read for all of us who want to live in a sustainable and regenerating world for many generations to come." --Anthony Rodale, Chairman Emeritus, The Rodale Institute
"In a debate clearly underpinned with political and commercial positioning and controversy over scientific fact and assumption, Michael Schacker’s multi-faceted review of the dispute to date, and its possible consequences, helps us clearly understand what is needed to reverse the bee decline threatening world food supply." --Dr. Kurt Johnson, ecologist and ethicist; co-author of Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius "A Spring Without Bees is an object lesson in just how delicate the web of life is. It sounds an urgent call to action on behalf of one of our economy's tiniest laborers but also asks that we re-think the environmental consequences of the entire way we do business." --Jeff Ruch, Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
"The loss of the bees is a four-fold tragedy: for the beekeepers, the growers, the consumers and of course for the bees themselves. Michael Schacker's fascinating and enlightening book is an important new look at the great mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder." --Dr. James Amrine, President of the Acarology Society of America, Medical Entomologist, West Virginia University
“Michael Schacker offers another important rationale for organic farming methods as a way to protect the fruit and vegetable supply.”--Dr. Timothy J. LaSalle, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, The Rodale Institute
Bookseller Quote:"If you read nothing else this summer, you must read this book - it will open your eyes and mind to the ecological impact you have on life every single day. For the generation who ingored Rachel Carson, or who didn't read "Silent Spring", here's your second chance. For those who dismissed Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth", pay attention now! This book is written so that everyone will understand this impending disaster. It educated me on the significant impact that bees make on our food supply and the devastating impact the disappearance of bees would have. We can (hopefully) make a difference but we need to seriously address the use of insecticides in the United States in order to prevent further Colony Collapse Disorder and worse. Read labels, learn what's in the stuff you use, and act now. This is the most impactful book I have read in a very long time. I strongly recommend it." Pam WhiteSkyland BooksWest Jefferson, NC