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Albert Einstein's Quote on Bees


"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the Globe, then man would only have four years of life left to live."


This infamous quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, but did he actually say or write it? In a thorough search of his written works, no quote was ever found, nor one mentioning "four years" anything. The records have been searched many times over and nothing is found. The very first instance of this quote appears in a pamphlet in the Brussels region of France where protests were taking place by beekeepers who were protesting honey prices from imports.


The imports were lower priced than locally produced, this threatened the industry and thus the beekeepers took to the protests in droves. They were also protesting the artificially high prices of sugar which they needed for winter feeding.


But lets examine this a little bit more, why would Einstein, a brilliant Physicist, make such a quote outside of his scientific profession? He wasn't an entomologist, biologist or ecologist. As a scientist, he would not tarry into waters that was not his professional background.


Now, if bees were to disappear we have to dive deeper, are we talking about just honeybees, or all bees, or are we talking about all pollinators? If all pollinators were to disappear off the face of the earth we would be facing some pretty dire consequences as far as our population is concerned. But what would our food look like without pollinators?


We would still have tomatoes, although much smaller than what a grocery store shopper is used to. Lima Beans, Green Beans, Eggplant, Chili Peppers, Green Peppers, Sweet Peas, Peanuts, Okra. Plants that can utilize wind include Strawberries, Corn, Wheat, Oats.


These plants would weather through until we ran out of seeds, Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Garlic, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and a variety of herbs, Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Mint.


As you can imagine. With the loss of everything not mentioned, we'd be pretty hungry. But, we'd still have our daily bread, plenty of corn to eat, and some spice to make up some new dishes. What about meat? We'd lose a lot of animals as the majority of our feed comes from pollinated Alfalfa for seed. Fields would quickly diminish and be in dire need of reseeding.


So would man disappear? No, we certainly would not, and as humans, we would do our best to try and combat the situation. Hand pollination would be a very large thing requiring droves of workers to pollinate as much as possible to produce as much as possible and get as many seeds for the next season as possible. But even with that effort (assuming the loss of pollinators was virtually overnight) many thousands and perhaps many millions and perhaps 5-6 billion would eventually perish from starvation, riots and wars for limited resources.


In the quest for food humanity would put a higher price on other food sources, insects and fish and other plants not normally on our plates.


So, would we die out in 4 years? No, humanity would survive with the loss of honeybees, consider this as well. This continent, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico had Native American's living here for thousands of years without the Honeybee, they lived just fine before we brought them over. How would it look with all the pollinators gone? That we cannot say for certain and more study and research would be need to answer that very heavy ecological question.


Sorry for those who are offended by the loss of a quote by Albert Einstein, but the fact remains, we cannot find any reference anywhere to him ever saying or writing this. There's no record and it was outside his profession in Physics.


We hope that this article has been somewhat insightful and even if it paints a dire picture of the loss of pollinators, there is heart in the fact that humanity will survive, although at great expense of the natural world, and certainly not one we want to live to see ever come to pass. There to is the greatest lesson that humanity must respect the land. As I've always said, "Mother Nature will do fine without us, she didn't need us before, but she can certainly do away with us, we can either help her to thrive, and we share in that bounty, or we can continue to rape and pillage the Earth and we will be rewarded for our dastardly wanton greed with death."


Life will go on, it will evolve, it will change regardless of the state of Humanity.

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