bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Feminist imperialism

There's a feminisation of Britain's wildlife according to a survey by the UK's Environment Agency. And it's affecting honeybees too:
Blame has fallen on the increasing prevalence of a group of chemicals known as endocrine disrupters. These are found in plastics, food packaging, shampoos and pesticides and accumulate in the environment. They can mimic the female hormone oestrogen when ingested.

... Bees were found to be affected by chemicals used commonly on crops in the UK countryside.

The findings coincide with renewed concern over fertility levels among men. Sperm counts have fallen by a third between 1989 and 2002, according to some studies, while one in six British couples now experiences difficulty in conceiving.
I know this is a very serious story, but I keep getting this image of a drone mincing around the hive wanting to be a queen ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My brother loves your headline and end, I have to admit it gave me a chuckle, but I think it's more like Feminist Socialism in the case of bees. With all the controversy in the church over feminists and gays, maybe backing the 'Green Cause" is the answer.

A Feminine Feminist

9:37 pm  

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