To Bee or not to Bee
Oboe - Intermediate
Composed by Anders Wall. 21st Century, Impressionistic. 2 pages. Published by WallofSound (S0.281463).
Item Number: S0.281463
With this piece for solo Oboe I want to raise awareness to dying population.
"You have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat.
A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.
Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but the best and healthiest food fruits, nuts, and vegetables are pollinated by bees.
Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world's nutrition, are pollinated by bees.
In the US, among crops that require bee pollination, the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90% since 1962. The bees cannot keep pace with the winter die-off rates and habitat loss.
Biologists have found more than 150 different chemical residues in bee pollen, a deadly "pesticide cocktail" according to University of California apiculturist Eric Mussen. The chemical companies Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, DuPont, and Monsanto shrug their shoulders at the systemic complexity, as if the mystery were too complicated.
They advocate no change in pesticide policy.
After all, selling poisons to the world's farmers is profitable."
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