At Bee You, we value the hardworking Bee. Bees’ are not only incredible pollinators, they are also the only insect on Earth to produce food that humans can consume. Unfortunately, over the last two decades, research has shown that the Bee is in rapid decline, and in danger of extinction; Bee extinction would negativity affect plants, animals, availability of fuels, topography, clothing and most importantly, human life. Let’s learn what we can do in our everyday lives to help save these ancient creatures, and ultimately mankind!
WHY ARE BEES IMPORTANT?
1 in 3 bites of food is courtesy of pollination.
85% of flowing plants and trees rely on pollinators to survival.
Bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops.
30% of the world’s crops depend on bees for subsistence.
If the bee decline continues, we risk losing 1/3 of our crop supply.
WHERE IS THE BEE DECLINE COMING FROM?
The use of insecticides: When bees are exposed to harmful insecticides, they go into shock and forget their way home (kind of like the insect version of Alzheimer’s).
Parasites: Varrao mites can only reproduce in a bee colony. They are blood-sucking parasites that can result in bees losing legs or wings, essentially killing them.
Destruction of natural habitats: Urbanization has resulted in the destruction of woodlands, grasslands, forests, fields and hedgerows, which are all the natural habitats of pollinators.
Climate change: Rising temperatures, fluctuations in rainfall and generally more extreme weather conditions have impacted pollinator’s lifespan and practices.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR US?
A serious effect on wild flowers and animal life.
A rise in the cost of food production.
A world without honey or fruit.
A devastating impact on our water and food supply.
The ultimate extinction of human life.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Support local and organic farmers.
Practice organic gardening at home.
Supply a small basin of fresh water outside your home for thirsty bees.
Buy local, raw honey – only.
Don’t use pesticides.
Educate yourself and your loved ones about the importance of bees.
Make your own “wild bee” house.
Become a beekeeper.
Plant a bee-friendly garden.
* Bee-friendly flowers and herbs: Lavender, Thyme, Sage, Cilantro, Fennel, Red bud, Aster, Poppy, Sunflower, Yarrow, Geranium, Buttercup, Snowdrop, Hollyhock, and Borage.
Interpretations Credits: Science ABC (https://www.scienceabc.com/) Life Basics Organics (https://www.lifebasicsorganics.com/)