Tragically, the world’s bee population is rapidly plummeting. As with most situations that negatively affect our families, we can have a say in this; we can make a change.
Not simply an annoyance
Bees. You come across them while out hiking your favorite trails, enjoying a picnic at the local park, or while your kids are playing in their backyard. It tends to frighten a mom a little. Perhaps you recall a not-so-fond memory of being stung by one of these insects yourself. At first thought, they seem like more of a hindrance than a help, but that is not the case at all.
A crucial role in our food chain
Bees are critical to so many delicious and nutrient-rich edibles that are landing on our plates daily.
Perhaps you are one of the millions who enjoys snacking on fruits like apples and strawberries. What if they were no longer able to exist?
What would life be like without tomatoes and its derivitive sauces?
What if you had no cup of coffee to wake up to in the morning? Or all the cotton crops died and t-shirts were suddenly a thing of the past?
This is just a miniscule segment of the overwhelming list that would be wiped out of nature’s production with the extinction of bees. Basically, we would have to come up with a completely new way of eating. Would we even be able to, or would the human population simply be wiped out? This may come across as very “doomsday,” but it really is just the reality of the situation at hand.
Disappearing at the hands of humans
So if the bee population is so precious, how did we allow this to happen?
Enter modern industrialized agriculture and the widespread use of synthetic pesticides, post World War II. The popular pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been linked to Colony Collapse Disorder, which is the tendency of bees that have been exposed, to lose their ability to return to their hives.
Other factors that are believed to contribute to the declining bee population are, a lack of flowers available for their bee nectar meals, an increase in the parasites that target bees, and other environmental toxins that affect climate change and lead to a loss in bee habitats.
Ways we can help
- Plant some flowers plentiful in nectar, this spring. Here is a great list to get you started. Just like a stray cat, bees will be much more likely to stick around if you feed them.
- Utilize the local bug population and organic products or services to do the work, and avoid the use of artificial pesticides and fertilizers.
- Support your local beekeepers! There is nothing like local honey (within 50 miles) in its raw state for dealing with seasonal allergies. And don’t forget about other bee products like candles made from beeswax and body products like lip balm and lotions.
- Sponsor a hive and all the good work that beekeepers are doing, through the Honeybee Conservacy organization.
Together, we can save apples, coffee, t-shirts & honey
It’s easy to feel like we can’t change things on our own, because we really can’t. But the only way change happens is if we start thinking about what we can stimulate in world change based on multiple individual actions. Let’s support bees together.
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