When I first read Raggedy Anne’s argument about our current argument, I was convinced the honeybee story was most important. After all, people can’t live without honeybees…right?
Actually, humans will continue to live, even if honeybees don’t. Honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in the world. Other insects, birds, bats, and even wind help to spread pollen. If there aren’t enough of these other pollinators, humans will find a new way to pollinate plants.
Why have they not done this yet?
Because they don’t need to. At least not yet. Right now, only the honeybee, not the plant population is shrinking for this reason. You can argue that we should worry about the future, before it’s too late, but what about the present, and the problems we have NOW. While we invest all our money in studying bees, poor people in Brazil can’t invest money in food or beds. These people are lucky if they can survive until the time when there is not enough food or oxygen. Honeybees have just a seed for a problem that is just sprouting. Poverty is a full grown problem spreading all over the world.
Furthermore, poverty affects you and me. Only some scientists can do anything about the bees, but someday, some of MY tax dollars will go towards poor families. Everyone has to decide if they have a responsibility to help the poor, or if it’s the poor people’s fault. It’s a hard question, but also an important question that affects everyone.
Because poverty is a current problem that EVERYONE should care about, it is more important than a loss of honeybees.
What do you think?
Image retrieved from http://www.das-fotoarchiv.com/portfolio/gordon/19991101_poverty2_rkg_059.jpg on April 30, 2007