Dense housing vs healthy bees and healthy people
Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 29, 2007
The people who advocate more and denser housing are wrong. We need to work with the housing stock we have, growing slowly and carefully. We know our air quality is bad, our water is scarce and we know about the interconnectedness of all life (see article below about honeybees) and yet we continue to overbuild. Now we need a water storage tank. Why not put it under The Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life before the structures are built, and over the water storage tank put a playing field?
"In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives. A precious pollinator of fruits and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply. Any treatment for colony collapse disorder is confounded by its many possible causes: pathogens; deadly mites; lack of genetic diversity in the bees; widespread pesticide use and even urban sprawl that spreads homes and streets across wild fields of clover, alfalfa and flowers, all sources of bee food."
For more information: Marla Spivak - Web Link