“Bee” careful!

“Bee” careful!

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It may go unnoticed by most of us, but bees play a very important role in human survival.  In fact, we couldn’t survive without them!

Believe me, I realize that bees can be very annoying.  They buzz around while you’re trying to eat, they sting, they chase people…

Here are some examples of food that are pollinated by bees:

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Tangerines
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mangoes
  • Kiwi
  • Watermelon
  • Pumpkins
  • Onions
  • Cucumber

And don’t forget about honey!  Actually, one third of our global food supply depends on the survival of bees.

So, why do the bees need saving?

Unfortunately, the bee population is rapidly decreasing.  Pesticides seem to be the main cause, particularly neonicotinoids.  These pesticides contribute to a strange occurance called Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.  When honeybees are exposed to neonicotinoids, many of them will lose their minds and forget to return to the hive.  These hives are left almost empty, hence the nickname “disappearing disease”.

CCD has contributed to the loss of about one third of all bee colonies in the United States, and is now affecting bees all over the world!  If we don’t take action against neonicotinoids soon, we will lose the bees and consequently, much of our food.

What can we do?

Honey Nut Cheerios had a recent campaign called BringBackTheBees, where they held a contest and gave away 115 million wildflower seeds!

If you have a garden, make an effort to plant flowers such as lavender and heather, which bees absolutely love!

Another great project that can help save the bees is to actually raise bees!  My former neighbour was a beekeeper, and he used to keep several bee hives in his backyard.  Then, he would sell the honey!

We need to save the bees before it’s too late!

-Asha M.

Do you have beehives or know someone who does?  What are you doing to help protect bee populations?

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