Daily observations of how dots connect in life and in organizations
Sunday, September 4, 2016
leadership dot #1556: collateral damage
Much has been written about the importance of bees, but in case you missed it, here are just two ways they contribute to a better world: 1. It is estimated that cross-pollination from bees helps 30% of the world’s food crops and 90% of wild plants to grow. That means, without bees, most of the plants, including food and native plants, would go extinct.
2. In the US, bees pollinate over $15 billion worth of crops. This includes favorites like apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa, and almonds. Bees have been dying in record numbers and scientists are working hard to preserve these amazing little life sustainers. So imagine the tragedy when 2.5 million bees were wiped out in a single day. Why? Because Dorchester County, South Carolina sprayed Naled insecticide from an airplane. It was an honorable effort, designed to kill Zika-carrying mosquitos, but it also destroyed colonies of honey bees in its path. While well-intentioned, the mosquito spraying had disastrous consequences. Those in charge did not consider the implications, first that the bees would be harmed, and then what impact that will have on other crops now and in the future. A good idea at first may not be a good idea on second thought. Consider the impact of the impact before you act. -- beth triplett leadershipdots.blogspot.com @leadershipdots firstname.lastname@example.org Zika Mosquito Spray Kills Millions of Bees by Ben Guarino, TheWashingtonPost.com, September 1, 2016, 4:32am Bee facts from National Resource Defense Council nrdc.org