I never get tired of looking back in time to see how former predictions of calamity and mayhem have turned out once the dust has settled. That is precisely why I’m highlighting today’s story entitled, The Return of the Bees: How The Free Market is The Greatest Force for Conservation.
The story starts like this:
The declining bee population – the phenomenon that threw the Left into a panic less than a decade ago – has largely corrected itself through the free market.
Following the liberal mantra to “never let a good crisis go to waste,” the media and progressives around the world went nuts back in 2006. Reports of declining numbers of honeybee hives brought about prophecies of “beemageddon” and “bee-pocalypse.”
Newspapers and media airwaves were filled with warnings that, if we didn’t fix the actions of evil humans, we would have a world without food and the planet would crash and burn.
In retrospect, it is easy to see that the best thing environmentalists could do was stay out of the way! There was not, in fact, a decline in bee populations but in the number of colonies. This is not the same thing. Excerpt:
In fact, when one looks at the statistics, it turns out the honeybee population has steadily risen since the initial reported decline in 2006.
The reason behind the population increases is clear. Farmers and beekeepers both have a vested interest in seeing bees prosper. In other words, the free market guaranteed that these folks would protect bees because lots of bees mean lots of money!
The conclusion cited in the article reinforces what I’ve been saying for decades. Excerpt:
The hype over honeybee extinction may have sold media subscriptions and certainly created wealth and fame for many people. But, in the end, these type of doomsday scares cause more harm than good.
Yup. That’s the view from here.