Friday, 23 December 2011

10 things we can learn from Honey Bees

1) Honeybees live within their means. There are no banks, loans or credit cards in the bees' world; only the resources they themselves gather and store. They do everything in their power to ensure a constant food supply by storing it - not so much for themselves, but for bees yet to be born.
2) Honeybees achieve extraordinary things by working together. Fifty thousand workers can shift a lot of stuff. Co-operation is the key to their success: tens of thousands of individuals behaving as a single organism.
3) Honeybees demonstrate that division of labour can be highly efficient. And everyone knowing how to do the full range of essential jobs makes for flexibility and adaptability.
4) Honeybees make honey while the sun shines. Bees are opportunists, taking advantage of available food as soon as conditions are right. Even when their stores seem full, they will find odd corners to pack with food,
5) Honeybees behave as though individuals matter, while the common good is always their first priority and will sacrifice themselves without hesitation if they perceive a threat to the colony.
6) Honeybees understand that hard times happen, and they are always prepared for shortages as well as disasters.
7) Honeybees share: they know there is plenty for everyone, including other species. Honeybees do not compete head-on with other species: there they do not need to drive others from their territory.
8) Honeybees adapt to their surroundings. They know that this is the only effective survival strategy.
9) Honeybees understand that honest communication is at the heart of community. Bees are great communicators. As far as we know, they are incapable of telling anything but the truth as they understand it.
10) Honeybees' survival depends on selecting high quality, un-tainted food from a variety of sources. we are responsible for ensuring that they continue to have access to flowers untainted by toxic chemicals to which they have no defence
By Philip Chandler
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