The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting

Author: Eva Crane

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415924672

Category: Reference

Page: 682

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This is the first book to explore in detail the world history of humankind's use of bees from prehistoric times to the present day. Both rock art and recent field studies have shown how honey hunters obtained their harvest from bees' nests. Honey has always been the chief prize, but bee brood has been eaten as meat, and beeswax has been utilized in many technologies. Bees, honey, and wax have special symbolic significance in both early beliefs and later world religions. But perhaps bees' greatest benefit has been their pollination of crops.
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Bees in America

How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

Author: Tammy Horn

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813191638

Category: Nature

Page: 333

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In this enlightening cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States, Horn, herself a beekeeper, shows how the honey bee was one of the first symbols of colonization and how bees' societal structures have shaped our ideals about work, family, community, and leisure.
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Sweet Stuff

An American History of Sweeteners from Sugar to Sucralose

Author: Deborah Jean Warner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1935623052

Category: History

Page: 291

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A history of sugar consumption and the role of sugar in everyday American life chronicles the stories of major natural sweeteners from molasses and corn syrup to honey and maple as well as major artificial sweeteners, placing sugar in a context of diet, science and politics.
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Biological Diversity

Exploiters and Exploited

Author: Paul E. Hatcher,Nick Battey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470979860

Category: Science

Page: 440

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Biological Diversity takes a fresh, innovative approach to the teaching of biodiversity. Rather than detailing and cataloguing the major taxa and their evolutionary relationships, the authors have selected 18 groups of organisms and used these as a framework in which to discuss the species and their interactions with man and each other. There is a strong narrative theme throughout – the exploited and the exploiters - and, in many cases, there is emphasis on the historical context. A wide range of organisms are covered, from the unicellular to birds and mammals and with an equal consideration of plants and animals. Species have been chosen for their ability to best illustrate particular biological principles, and for their strong interaction with other species. After an introduction the book is divided into two parts: ‘Exploited’ and ‘Exploiters’. Each of the chapters, although linked to each other, forms a stand-alone essay. They are scientifically rigorous, up-to-date and do not shy away from addressing some controversial issues. Chapters have’ text boxes’ highlighting important issues and concepts, lists of further reading and references. In addition to tables and figures the book has a selection of original illustrations drawn by leading artist Steven Appleby. This fresh approach will appeal to all those interested in the biological sciences, and aims to be accessible to people with a diversity of backgrounds. It will prove particularly useful to biology students, enabling them to get to grips with important biological principles and concepts that underpin the diversity of life, and the interrelationship of humans with other groups of organisms.
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How Food Made History

Author: B. W. Higman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144434465X

Category: History

Page: 288

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Covering 5,000 years of global history, How Food Made History traces the changing patterns of food production and consumption that have molded economic and social life and contributed fundamentally to the development of government and complex societies. Charts the changing technologies that have increased crop yields, enabled the industrial processing and preservation of food, and made transportation possible over great distances Considers social attitudes towards food, religious prohibitions, health and nutrition, and the politics of distribution Offers a fresh understanding of world history through the discussion of food
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Plan Bee

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on thePla net

Author: Susan Brackney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101458127

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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A guided tour inside the world of bees Overtaxed and underrecognized-and now disappearing in alarming numbers- bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain, essential for the pollination of more than ninety of the crops we eat. The hardworking, humble, and matriarchal bee finally gets her due in this engaging and expertly written guide that will appeal to anyone who's ever been curious about the mysterious and always-buzzing world of bees. Beekeeper Susan Brackney explains: • Why honeybees are disappearing-and what we can do about it • Who's who in the hive-the queen bee, the workers, and the drones • Bees by the numbers-the number of bees per hive, the number of wing beats per second, and other fascinating facts • Gardening tips to attract and support honeybees • The beekeeper's trade-the essential equipment and the latest tools, a day in the life, and more • Honey, pollen, wax, royal jelly, mead, and other products of the sweet life • The secrets behind making a bee beard (or bee bikini) with live bees ...and much more
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The Hive

The Story of the Honeybee and Us

Author: Bee Wilson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466870699

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Ever since men first hunted for honeycomb in rocks and daubed pictures of it on cave walls, the honeybee has been seen as one of the wonders of nature: social, industrious, beautiful, terrifying. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent, or fantastical. The Hive recounts the astonishing tale of all the weird and wonderful things that humans believed about bees and their "society" over the ages. It ranges from the honey delta of ancient Egypt to the Tupelo forests of modern Florida, taking in a cast of characters including Alexander the Great and Napoleon, Sherlock Holmes and Muhammed Ali. The history of humans and honeybees is also a history of ideas, taking us through the evolution of science, religion, and politics, and a social history that explores the bee's impact on food and human ritual. In this beautifully illustrated book, Bee Wilson shows how humans will always view the hive as a miniature universe with order and purpose, and look to it to make sense of their own.
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