Letters to the Editor

 Letters to the Editor - June 2015


Students Rap About Bee collapse

I’m a science teacher at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California. I teach a class where students get to make science music videos and a group chose to rap about the worldwide decline in honeybee populations.
Their video premiers today (Tuesday April 14) and can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7LInhcqqLw
A student wrote up a press release with more details, including a link to high-res photos should you like to help publicize the video. It would mean a lot to them to get some love from the American Bee Journal!

Tom McFadden
Twitter: @ScienceWithTom

“Please Don’t Kill My Hive”: Students Rap About  Bee Collapse

by 7th/8th graders Alex, Beckett, Hunter, & Pranav

HILLSBOROUGH APRIL 14, 2015 — Four seventh and eighth grade students from The Nueva School, a Pre-K through 12 school, in Hillsborough, California are releasing “Please Don’t Kill My Hive”, a science-ified version of the popular Kendrick Lamar song “B**** Don’t Kill My Vibe”. They rap about the honey bee population decline: from the effects of this collapse  to possible causes and ways that people can help stop it. With help from their science teacher, Tom Mcfadden, these students wrote and performed the lyrics, then shot and edited the music video. Tom’s “Science Rap Academy” class meets once a week for an hour and half each Friday. Students have been working on this project since September and are thrilled to finally release it to the world. They hope that their video will help raise awareness and encourage people to take action.

YouTube Link to “Please Don’t Kill My Hive”: https://www.youtube.co/watch?v=n7LInhcqqLw

Link to high-res still images for media posts: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B9axex0RaQwIfi1HMnNJN0hhZGdVVXRtV3dnV2t0R0pGeXdOMXlmVnp4dGdXUGw1MGRoMnM&usp=sharing

Student quotes:
“I think that this video will definitely help raise awareness about the honey bee collapse, and ways to help stop it,” — Alex, Co-Producer, 7th grade

“Throughout the process of the making of this video, we had one goal in mind: to fully educate our viewers of this issue that we are currently fighting. The reality of it is, not just a couple of small groups around the world will be affected, but the entirety of the human population.” — Pranav, Co-Producer, and Rapper, 7th grade

“Our aim was to inform the public of the issue of a honey bee decline, and we did this through music, cinematics, and entertainment. We felt that this method of education was the most effective, and the viewer was much more likely to take away the concepts and information we were trying to convey, and take action against this issue.” — Beckett, Co-Producer, Rapper, and filmmaker, 7th grade

April North Carolina Beekeeper Article

In the April 2015 issue of ABJ, I made an omission in the article entitled “North Carolina Sideline Beekeeper Overcomes Physical Problems In Order to Continue Doing What He Loves.” I inadvertently forgot to include my business name and website with all the exchange of ideas and interviews by telephone and email. My business name is Golden Delight Honey, LLC., http://www.Golden

DelightHoney.com. Also the correct URL for Berry Apiary is http://www.berrysbees.com. It was incorrectly listed.

Thank you to you, ABJ, and Mary & Bill Weaver for allowing me the opportunity to publish the article on my small business in ABJ.

James Henderson
Monroe, NC

More and Better Bee Forage

First let me say that I enjoy the American Bee Journal and have learned alot by reading it.
The article in the April addition titled North Carolina Sideline Beekeeper inspired me to write this.

I have been talking for years but no one seems to hear. All city, state and federal owned land (parks, schools, road right-of-ways and utility right-of-ways,  corners and edges of farm land could be planted in bee-friendly plants, flowers, shrubs and trees.

The Bee Buffer Project started by Burts Bees with the free bee-friendly wildflower seed is a great thing. I wish everyone including myself could get seeds.

The powerlines and other right-of-ways should be planted in these bee-friendly plants.

All the right-of-ways are sprayed or mowed. Spraying is more damaging than mowing.
I agree that goldenrod or aster will never get big enough to touch the hives.

I will keep on talking and hope someone hears. Both the bees and I will thank you.

Ray Cashion
Asheboro, NC
Bee Busters, Inc.

An Open Letter to Chappie McChesney of Florida—Beekeeping with Eyes Wide Open

When you spoke of new beekeepers not seeing the truth of the Top Bar hive, I am glad you mentioned we can all be blind at times. For many years now I have ...