THE BEES ARE DYING
Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three bites of food we consume. Sadly, because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition, bees are dying off—jeopardizing the production of food that sustains human life. IT’S A GLOBAL CRISIS!
This condition, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), has resulted in bee mortality rates of 33% over the last five years. Can you imagine a world without strawberries, almonds or broccoli?
Bees are responsible for pollinating tomatoes, blueberries, cocoa, cranberries, vanilla, tamarind, raspberries, plums, avocados, apricots, rose hips, pears, mangos, broccoli, coconuts, tangerines, cabbage, cauliflower, coffee, strawberries, cherries, limes, lemons, onions, figs, cucumbers, squash, kiwis, turnups, cashews, celery, hazelnuts, peaches, almonds, cotton, sunflower, melons, currants, pomegranates, sesame, guava, blackberries, asparagus, brussel sprouts, apples, carrots and many more.
Can you imagine?
Albert Einstein supposedly said “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
1. Add your name to the petition urging the EPA and USDA to ban neonicotinoids, a widely used class of agricultural pesticides that is highly toxic to bees and believed to play a crucial role in colony collapse disorder. The EU has just enacted a ban on neonicotinoids and we must follow Europe’s lead as there is literally no time to waste.
2. Let dandelions and clover grow in your yard. Dandelions and clover are two of the bees’ favorite foods – they provide tons of nourishment and pollen for our pollinators to make honey and to feed their young. These flowers could not be any easier to grow – all you have to do is not do anything.
3. Stop using commercial pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers – these chemicals are harmful to the bees. And they’re also harmful to you, your family, and our soil and water supply, too. Definitely not worth it!
4. Eat more honey and buy it from a local bee keeper. This is a pretty sweet way to help the bees (sorry, I can never resist a good pun.) Unlike big honey companies, local bee keepers tend to be much more concerned about the health of their bees than they are about their profits. And their products do not have to travel far to reach your kitchen, either. You can almost always find local honey at your farmers’ market and it may also be available at your local health food or grocery store. It may cost a little more than the commercial options, but it’s well worth it.
5. Plant bee-friendly flowers. This not only helps the honey bees, it will also make your yard more beautiful and can also provide you with a bunch of great culinary herbs.
In addition to the dandelions and clover I mentioned above, bees love many other flowers, including: bee balm, borage, asters, lavender, thyme, mint, rosemary, honey suckle, poppies, sunflowers, marigolds, salvia, butterfly bush, clematis, echinacea (see the bee partaking of some coneflower goodness below) blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, fennel, yellow hyssop, milkweed, goldenrod, and many more. You can also just buy one of those pre-mixed packets of wildflowers with good results. And, if you’re ever in doubt, choose native plants as they will be best suited to the climate you live in and can help support the bees throughout the season.
6. Buy organic. Organic food and fibers like cotton and hemp are produced without the use of commercial pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides, making them inherently more bee-friendly than conventionally grown products. Click here to buy our Arizona, raw, local honey.
7. Share this post with your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to help build more “buzz” for honey bees.
Read this article online: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-ways-to-help-honey-bees.html#ixzz2Y1JimMmg
Also leave a bowl of water outside your home. Bees are thirsty. If you put it near plants or garden you will have bees come to your flowers, herbs and plants and pollinate them.
Please tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop carrying Roundup Herbicide and neonicotinoid insecticides. http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/tell-home-depot-and-lowe-s-to-stop-carrying-roundup-and-similar-pesticides?source=facebook-share-button&time=1372791315