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A scientist before he was a beekeeper, Mark L. Winston found in his new hobby a paradigm for understanding the role science should play in society. In essays originally appearing as columns in Bee Culture, the leading professional journal, Winston uses beekeeping as a starting point to discuss broader issues, such as how agriculture functions under increasingly complex social and environmental restraints, how scientists grapple with issues of accountability, and how people struggle to maintain contact with the natural world. Winston's reflections on bees, beekeeping, and science cover a period of tumultuous change in North America, a time when new parasites, reduced research funding, and changing economic conditions have disrupted the livelihoods of bee farmers."Managed honeybees in the city provide a major public service by pollinating gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes, and should be encouraged rather than legislated out of existence. Our cities, groomed and cosmopolitan as they appear, still obey the basic rules of nature, and our gardens and yards are no exception. Homegrown squashes, apple trees, raspberries, peas, beans, and other garden crops require bees to move the pollen from one flower to another, no matter how urbanized or sophisticated the neighborhood."
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"Mark Winston is a very experienced lecturer and writer who is able to put across academic ideas and results in a way that ordinary beekeepers can understand... Each essay is short, readable, and thought-provoking. Mark Winston looks not only on the obvious, but sideways to connected subjects... If you want a book that will both inform and stimulate you into thinking about your beekeeping in unexpected directions, I can recommend this one."-Claire Waring, Bee Craft "Mark Winston presents controversial but stimulating views on the peer review process for research proposals and scientific papers, the role of basic versus applied research, and accountability of university and government scientists to society. This well-written book will interest beekeepers and anyone interested in the role of honey bees in agriculture today."-Choice "A... readable book... that is equally interesting for scientists and beekeepers alike... Interesting!"-Northeastern Naturalist "I've liked every article Mark Winston has run in my magazine. I like them even better the second time around."-Kim Flottum, Whole Earth "Mark Winston's writing is rich and visionary, drawing from his varied background in applied and basic bee research. Better than any other author, Winston builds linkages between the world of the bee scientist and the world of the practicing beekeeper and shows that accountability flows both ways-scientists have certain obligations to the publics who fund them, and beekeepers should support the basic research that precedes and underpins applied discoveries."-Keith S. Delaplane, University of Georgia "Mark Winston uses bees to bridge the gap between scientists and the public, and to demonstrate how scientists work-and the importance to everyone of scientific research. At the same time he strongly encourages scientists to become more accountable to the society that pays their salaries. These entertaining essays will inform and stimulate many readers besides beekeepers-naturalists, gardeners, farmers, researchers in other subjects-to think more deeply about bees, science, and nature."-Eva Crane, from the Foreword

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