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Bee decline: An integrated approach

Atkins, Jill ORCID: 2017. Bee decline: An integrated approach. Atkins, Jill and Atkins, Barry, eds. The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 2-18. (10.4324/9781351283922)

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This is a book about bees. We were inspired to put the book together because of the critical situation bees find themselves in. Bees are under serious threat, with their numbers declining worldwide. As this book bears the title, The Business of Bees, there is clearly a focus on the business-related aspects of bee decline. Throughout the book, the contributors discuss bees in relation to business, finance and accounting. There is also a focus on bee science and discussions around the causes of bee decline, from a scientific perspective. However, business and science are not enough to understand and appreciate the historical, cultural and philosophical importance of bees to the human race. Chapter 2 is therefore devoted to discussing bees from a wide range of different perspectives. Furthermore, it is important to consider bees in terms of their role in Nature and their intrinsic value. By intrinsic value, we mean the value of bees as a species within Nature without any consideration of their relationship to the human species. In order to think about bees in this wider, universal context, we discuss various frameworks, from theory and philosophy, which can be used to place bees at the centre of our analysis, rather than focus on a human-centred approach. Bees have been identified as a critical species within our ecosystem, providing an ecosystem service through pollination, as well as honey production, without which world food production would become extremely problematic.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351283922
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 13:30

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