Dense housing vs healthy bees and healthy people
Original post made by Resident 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
on Oct 29, 2007 at 2:49 pm
They do say that analogy is the weakest form of reasoning. Maybe interspecies analogies are weaker still...
on Oct 29, 2007 at 9:19 pm
Who says analogy is the weakest form of reasoning? It is the strongest form. All mathematics, science, prose, and poetry is based on it. Think "model" or "representation."
But I'm not sure how useful the bees are in understanding or dealing with those who promote accelerating our city's population growth.
I agree "the people who advocate more and denser housing are wrong." And there probably will be problems that the complexity of the resulting urban environment will make more difficult to solve. If that's insight that the bees provide, so be it.
on Oct 30, 2007 at 12:49 am
People plant flowers and trees; bees like that. the more people there are, the more bees.
Also, maybe we'll see AI work with bees. Who knows; maybe they'll build our homes for us.
Cheap labor, anyyone? Imagine negotiating a deal where you plant for rosebushes, and get a new bathroom in the mix. :)