Man oh man did I want to title this post “I Bee’s in the Trap” or “You Can Call me Queen Bee”, but did I? Obviously not because I wanted you to actually read this post ;).
As much as I would love to always get deep with you, I also want to be a well-rounded individual and discuss external issues as well.
Now before you possibly feel the urge to say things like, that “hippy dippy”, “mumbo-jumbo”, or “tree hugger” please go into this post with an open mind.
So I’m sure you’ve heard that the bees are dying and if you’re like me I’m sure you haven’t really thought too much into it. People I can’t stress enough that we need to BEE doing something about it.
The good news is that we currently have what seems to be an endless supply of yummy pollinated foods to enjoy.
The bad news is that the suppliers of said food aka the bees are dying.
According to Greenpeace, honeybee colonies have reduced by 61% since 1947 and every year these colonies reduce by an additional 30%.
Honeybees have officially been placed on the endangered species list in the United States. YOU GUYS IF THE BEES GO EXTINCT WE MIGHT BE RIGHT BEHIND THEM! Yes, I am really yelling because this really is important.
I want people to help the bees.
1. Bee-lieve the facts
Facts. Let’s start with the facts. One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.
In 1947 there were 6 million honey bee hives in the United States, today there are under 3 million.
85% of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for survival. Bees pollinate 70% of the top 100 human food crops. 30% of the world’s crops depend on bees for survival.
“There’s a widely stated phrase in agriculture that you can thank a pollinator for one out of every three bites of food you eat”, says UC Berkeley Professor Claire Keenan.
So what does this mean? Foods like almonds are 100% dependent on bee pollination. Bees are responsible for pollinating many of our key fruit and vegetable crops. To name a few this means no more apples, apricots, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini, grapes, coffee, and avocados.
So you can kiss your pumpkin spice latte and avocado toast goodbye honey. And let’s just take a moment of silence to imagine a world without coffee, hold on let me just wipe this tear from my eye. IM NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!
Say good riddens to all of your Instagram worthy food pics while you’re at it because the type of foods that don’t require assistance from the bees are grains, rice, corn, and meat. Talk about bland.
May-bee I was being a tad dramatic earlier when I said we’d go extinct, but life without bees sounds equivalent to watching paint dry on the wall, boring and I don’t wanna.
2. Bee Mindful
So what’s happening to the bees? The destruction of the bee’s natural habitat due to urbanization has had a major impact on our fuzzy friends, as well as climate change, but the biggest issue is pesticides.
In 2008, Penn State conducted a survey and reported, “What we found in terms of pesticides is really unprecedented. We found high levels of pesticides in the wax, in the pollen, and in the bee’s themselves- beyond the level that was expected when the chemicals were introduced and approved for use. In a total of 108 pollen samples analyzed, 46 different pesticides were identified. We’ve found as many as seventeen different pesticides in one pollen sample from one colony. We’ve identified as many as twenty-four pesticides in one sample of bees. And then there’s the issue of the interaction of these chemicals- things the manufacturers are not required to test”, said Dr. Maryann Frazier.
The levels of the these pesticides are lethal and many bees are dying as they extract pollen from plants. About 96% of our food is grown conventionally, so there’s a good chance you’re consuming these same poisonous pesticides.
Remember you are what you eat.
3. Bee Helpful
I’m not going to tell you that you should become a bee keeper or anything cRaZy, but there are some practical ways you can help.
Support local and organic farmers. Practice organic gardening at home. Only buy local, raw honey. Say no to pesticides. Educate yourself about the importance of bees.
Plant bee friendly wild flowers and shrubs. Here’s a list of bee friendly flowers and herbs to get you started: lavender, thyme, sage, red bud, cilantro, sunflower, buttercup, catnip, crocus, sweet alyssum, poppy, zinnia, fennel, and many more.
If you want to take it a step further here are companies that are helping to save the bees: Burt’s Bees, Cheerios, Honeycolony, Bee Raw, Me & the Bees Lemonade, Bramble Berry, While Foods, and Häagen Dasz (as if you need another excuse to eat ice cream :p) just to name a few.
Let’s do our part and help save the bees. There’s a lot to do and it’s time to get buzzy.