What is a Neonic?!

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

neonics REFORM" poster © 2014

neonics REFORM” poster © 2014

 

It’s really dangerous to be a bee

“I’ve heard that bees are dying.  Why are bees dying?  Do we know why?  I’ve heard that mites and cell phones are the cause.”

Yes.  Scientists do know.  

The biggest manmade reason that pollinators like bees are dying is a chemical class called Neonicotinoids or “neonics”.

Stop Using Neonicotinoids

Can you even imagine no vegetables, spices, nuts, and fruits?

For bees and other pollinators, chemical insecticide products used in homes and crops all over the globe cause a variety of neurological (brain!) conditions which result in unnecessary death.  Honey bees, specifically, are dying faster than they can repopulate. Humans all over the planet must quickly take action in order to prevent unimaginable catastrophe.

About Neonicotinoids

Here are some facts about the chemicals, called Neonicotinoids (think Nicotine!), that are used worldwide on farms and in homes:

  • Very persistent in soil and water soluble.
  • Systemic pesticides applied at the root (as seed coating or drench) and then taken up through the plant’s vascular system to be expressed in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets (like dew) from which bees then forage and drink.
  • Systemics on food cannot be washed off.
  • Nicotine-like, neurotoxic insecticides that bind to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in insects’ brains.
  • Bees have a particular genetic vulnerability to these & other pesticides because they have more of these receptors, as well as more learning and memory genes, and fewer genes for detoxification.
  • Widely used on more than 140 crop varieties, as well as on termites, flea treatments, lawns and gardens.
  • Fastest-growing class of synthetic pesticides in history.
  • Imidacloprid is Bayer’s top-selling Neonicotinoid chemical; used to treat fleas on pets.

Click here to learn about the planet’s most common offending chemicals; found in your homes, offices, and on your pets.

Source:  http://www.panna.org/current-campaigns/bees

* Psst!  Monsanto is involved with organic product labeling.

Click here to read more about the challenges of current commercial organic food labeling organization and policy.

Berkeley CA Ballot Report

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer and social activist, and the 2012 Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM. 

Perhaps you already read about Don “Bee”, and his contribution to the community and pollinators of Berkeley, California? Don, whose real name is Donald Hughes, has been working daily to get enough signatures on a proposed ballot measure that would seriously restrict and in some cases ban the neonicotinoid pesticide chemicals that are shown throughout the world to be destroying bees, and pollinators of all types.

You could say that Don “Bee” is the Bay Area PSM Collective chapter president. Recently, I added Don Bee to the list of approved authors for the PSM website (pollinatorsupportmovement.com), and have invited him to post about his work and daily experiences. (You know, just in case I can’t cover it as quickly as he needs help with.)

To reach Don directly, or to offer help, E-Mail to: kamiyodojo.ca@gmail.com

If you would like to sign-up to be a part of the bee-saving collective known as Pollinator Support Movement, please click here.

Collecting signatures is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA

Collecting signatures at a farmers market is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA. Don is wearing his signature bee costume. He’s been known not to leave home without it.

The deadlines for signatures collection was originally May 5, 2014 (yesterday). But, Don says that the Berkeley City Council is supposed to be meeting soon, and discuss whether or not to allow Don’s proposed initiative more time to collect signatures.

When asked about his work, Don says: “Whether we get the deadline extended or not, we will still keep gathering signatures for the next election. We will pressure politicians and persuade people. We will not stop until neonicotinoid pesticides are banned.” 

Click here to submit an article that you think should go on the PSM website or FB page.

One of Don's original PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

One of Don’s original yellow-colored PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

More About Don

To properly say THANK YOU to Don for his incredible community work, I’d like to praise some of his other talents and projects. What I like about Don, personally, are his abilities to draw, and to talk to people into being peaceful. When I was living in the Bay Area, and attempting to launch Pollinator Support Movement in October of 2012, Don was THE FIRST PERSON that stepped-up to help. PSM is forever indebted to Don’s community organization and public speaking abilities.

Did you know that Don has OTHER names, too? It’s true! As an established black belt and instructor in Ninpo Taijutsu, Don is also known as Sensei. And, when he is performing in public as an entertainer, he is known as Dragon Master (“the world’s first Choose Your Own Adventure (series) rock and roll artist”). If you are in the East Bay area of San Francisco, CA, look Don up!

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

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Inviting Your Personal-Business

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM

I am a social activist for the cause of saving and restoring bees and the food supply chain. I am a writer, artist, and entrepreneur with a large network of artist-run creative and professional businesses that have agreed to a collective project to save the bees. We are in the midst of linking assets, in order to launch a public art and educational collective. We will focus on creative storytelling, and sustainable educational systems development. I would like to talk more with other professional services providers about part of a possible crowd funding project. If you’re interested, please contact me at alishatheexplorer.com, or by my E-Mail to doyoulikefood@gmail.com.

Thank You & Sincerely,

Alisha “Bee”

 

Click here to see my creative portfolio at Behance.

Oak Creek in Sedona

Oak Creek in Sedona

Attitude and URLs

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

The original post may be found here at Alisha’s Blog.

Recent URL purchases

Recent URL purchases

I am doing my best to lead an authentic lifestyle, filled with openheartedness and bravery.  Thinking on my life, there have been countless subconscious moments in which I’ve re-considered and regretted the enormity of mistakes, errors, and misunderstandings that I have created.  [Read: I have been stubborn and slow to change.] But anymore, I’m not a big fan of dwelling on errors.  Now that I’m more aware of what life and love mean to me, I find myself working each day to practice a type of positive, wholesome, and creative energetic lifestyle that will heal me, and also sustain the communities that I rely upon.

Dang it, the bees are dying.

In reality, Honey bees — one of 20,000+ types of bees — are dying faster than they can repopulate.  This is an important point for every human to understand.  The bees must survive.  Or, our quality of life and health will decline.  Food will become very expensive to purchase, and many types of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices will not be available for consumption under most circumstances.

I continue to share news and updates about my various projects, here, at Alisha’s Blog and also at the PSM website.  It’s a fact that I dream of saving and restoring the bees and the food supply chain.  I dream of creating, brokering, and enjoying a system of community abundance that is sustainable.  I am working to earn money towards this just cause, to support the non-profit organization that I founded in 2012, called Pollinator Support Movement (PSM).  I have come to terms with the reality that bees projects of most any sort are not sponsored.  So, I am okay with raise the money for the projects, myself.  I am happy to have found such deep passionate about something.  What a challenge!

Envision “beeBay” not eBay

Some of my business and artistic projects have been developed over time from concepts that I have worked-on for years.  Since 2000, through the ups and downs of learning to work efficiently as a self-employed person, I have become more adept at researching and developing sustainable business systems.  I have consistently utilized my abilities to create a framework; whereas, I believe can help model how to save the planet by first saving the bees.  I am a fan of transparency, especially when it comes to sharing my collective-benefitting, “alternative economic template”.  This template is a concept called Restorative Retail (RR).  (RR) is a way for me to entice people to spend their money wisely; in order to save the bees and our communities.

Back to square one

My driving desire to lead an authentic lifestyle, filled with openheartedness and bravery, suggests that I should first help to save the bees and educate our communities.  I would do this so that I can survive long enough to fulfill my dreams.  My soul is telling me that I should continue with this work.

The screen shot image featured in this post shows some of the URLs that I have recently purchased.  These future websites might help me in some way to make all the money that is needed for successfully meeting the financial goals that will allow me to help the most and the fastest.

Please wish me luck, that I will be able to know how to do what it is that I am doing.  And, continue to find the people that will help me in the task.  Stay tuned for updates on my progress.  If you feel inclined, please share the PSM FB page, and tell your friends about Alisha’s Blog.

❤ Bees and Global Community. ❤

Earning Money To Save The Bees

Written by Alisha “Bee”  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur.

Let’s get to it.  

I am an entrepreneur trying to raise money for a bunch of projects.  I create art, music, products, and produce sustainable, community-inspired projects that help to save and restore bees and the food supply chain.  I need your continued support, as I try to build an online and offline-compatible system of doing my own business; which benefits our many ailing communities.  [Read: Social entrepreneurship] #dothework #joybasedcommerce

This post will act as my Spring newsletter.  Here is some progressive news about my Day of Wedding Timeline Organizer Flashcards (“wedding flashcards”) product.  I am giving away half of the net proceeds on this product; to Pollinator Support Movement.  Fifty-percent (50%) of net online sales from this product will benefit (fund) Pollinator Support Movement‘s educational community improvement projects.

Wedding Day Technology (campaign)

My initial “Wedding Flashcards.com” website is being cross-promoted through an ad campaign project that I will be producing.  This ad campaign will aim to widely advertise to North American brides and their wedding team.  All of this ad hoopla will promote sales of my “Day of Wedding Timeline Organizer Flashcards” professional planning tool (product).  Visit weddingflashcards.com to visit the current product website.  Note: sales are not currently being fulfilled.  This website is forever in production and editing.  But, I do plan to update all product web designs as soon as my new start-up budget, or, opportunity allows.

I hope to be able to hire my colleague project partner, Mark Short, as my ad campaign’s creative direction supervisor and designer.  Or, whatever he would want to do.  Mark is one of my favorite creative expert professionals.

Recently, Mark gave me two points on image crop and color for my current (new) wedding flashcards ad campaign concept piece.  I took his easy advice, and then added some conceptual elements to make this image into a sales ad (flyer).  I am already wondering: “If I give this conceptual ad to Mark, how would he interpret it in his own design style?”

Below is the conceptual ad design that I just mentioned:

Wedding Flashcards conceptual ad © 2014 Alisha the Explorer

Wedding Flashcards conceptual ad © 2014 Alisha the Explorer

Re: Ad campaign (Continued):

“My new, promotional ad campaign called, “Wedding Day Technology.com” will feature spacey-sustainable modern art as inspirational themes, and will promote the “wedding flashcards” product.  This campaign will also be cross-promoted at the recently purchased URL, Wedding Planning Forms.com.”  Alisha M. Forrester Scott, CEO of Alisha the Explorer, operator at Alisha Bee.com, founder of Pollinator Support Movement, creator of Wedding Flashcards.com product.

And, in other news:

Personal Business Card Lesson: My belief is that any business card design of mine should be fun and help to tell my story (for an affordable price).  My moo.com cards have arrived.

If you would like to learn more about moo, please click this link, so that Pollinator Support Movement gets my 50% net profit donation!

For this first lot of business cards, I have placed three images from my Pollinator Support Movement work, in Berkeley, CA (sometimes with Don “Bee” Hughes, a.k.a. Dragon Master), on the back of the cards.  On the front of the slightly-oversized business cards (with rounded edges/corners), I have placed a selfie image that I took while on a hike with Mark.  (Notice how I actually look happy.  I actually am a happy person.)  Oh, and there is a lot of exciting save the bees activism news coming from Berkeley, CA, involving Don Bee.  (I will be writing about it, soon.)  But, I digress.

I’ll post a snapshot of the business cards, soon.  For now, this is one of the three images which I’ve used as the other side to my new business cards: “Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012”

© Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012

Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012 © 2014 Alisha the Explorer.com

Happy Spring!  OK + Thanks For Reading.

More updates will continue to come as I get further along in all of my projects.

❤ Bees and Alisha Bee.com. ❤

Is Sprung

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur.  

My body feels at ease amongst wild Spring grasses and budding fruit trees.  The gentle scents of plants coming back to life lure me outside, more often.  Perfectly soothing breezes make daily rests on the rooftop deck a must-do.  Insects and birds fill the skies with their extraordinary colors, sounds, and songs.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Last March, I arrived to Arizona for about a month; coming back from two years in the SF Bay Area, on my way to Albuquerque, NM.  I enjoyed the poppies and the mysterious Desert Tortoise.  This year, Spring begins on March 20.  Only, here in the Sedona area, Spring seems to have already began.  BUT, REALLY.  The Farmer’s Almanac says that it’s not Spring; that it’s Winter.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

What I have learned about signs of early Spring from others, my own observations and research:

  • There is a higher likelihood of seasonal frosts that kill budding fruit and all manner of trees.
  • The insects hatch early.  This complicates the food chain when, for instance, the birds hatch and their insect food is not available to them.  Fewer creatures live, which complicates the availability of food for the entire food chain.
  • Butterflies suffer.  They needed to have reserved more energy to make it through the summer.
  • There is less water available for all living things, since rising temperatures melt available snow sooner; ceasing the cycle. This includes detriment to crops such as wine grapes.
  • Grazing land animals eat grasses before the plants are at their proper stage of growth.  This kills the grasses that are supposed to grow all year long, and feeding grazing animals becomes a costly challenge.

I am mindful of the many reasons that are considered causes of climate change.  I see fossil fuels remaining on the stage of USA commerce.  I see airplanes criss-crossing over the skies of northern Arizona, nearly each day; dumping loads of unknown “fog” onto the high-altitude valleys below.  I see strangely beautiful sunsets in deep hues, surrounded by cloud formations that are unnaturally otherworldly.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

And now, I see wild Spring grasses and budding fruit trees.  The gentle scents of plants coming back to life lure me outside more often.  Perfectly soothing breezes make laying on the rooftop in the early afternoon a must.  Insects and birds are filling the skies with their extraordinary colors, sounds, and songs…

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

My heart can still trust the willows that are already leafy green, but does not trust the force behind its conjured growth.  My eagerness to walk amongst Springtime does not outweigh my concern and disdain of the eagerness of this alien season.  I can see now that this is to be a terribly destructive, albeit, beautiful cycle.  It was less than four months ago that I wrote a poem in honor of Fall, and its falling leaves.  Feeling a deep concern in my body, I long for gobs of natural nature.  Now, where can I go to find it?  It appears that it has all been taken, or hidden, or ruined.  I hear that it may no longer exist in the places that are accessible to me.