Please let me start off this blog post by saying that if you do nothing more than share, like, pin or tweet this article, I will be happy. Why: because we need to get the word out. You see, we're in a pretty big pickle folks and I figured I’d pull all the stops to do what I can. The problem I’m talking about is the fact that millions of bees are dying. You see outside of unpasteurized honey that has major therapeutic benefits from anti-viral to anti-bacterial, bees are responsible for more than you think. In fact if they die, we won’t be too far behind them. And listen, I don’t like scare tactics anymore than you do, but I really need to give everyone the harsh reality of what’s going down. And I’ll be honest, despite seeing people talk about saving the bees I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal, until I looked into it.
Bees: Why they’re dying
In the late 1990’s is when beekeepers actually noticed a sharp, mysterious decline in bee colonies and this is a major problem since bees do more than just produce honey. While climate change does play a role, a major threat is with a chemical group of pesticides called, neonicitinoids that first did it's grand debut in a product called, Gaucho (shout outs to Bayer!). It caused a confused and nervous behaviour (termed "mad bee disease") and had bees literally shaking to death. It was then that France (the country which first discovered this behaviour) suspended the use of this pesticide after mass protests by farmers.
Bees: The key to food production & why you need to listen up
Little do most people realize but bees actually provide pollination that is responsible for one out of every three meals! Yup, we’re talking food like zucchinis, onions, pumpkins, oranges, apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, avocados, nuts like almonds (what would we do without our beloved almond milk??), spices like coriander, oils and many more. In fact Greenpeace states that, “In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depend on the essential work of pollinators.” Simply put, our lives depend on them. Do I have your attention yet?
Bees: The economic impact
You may think that we can certainly just do it on our own. I mean technology has advanced right? Actually, hand pollination is extremely labour intensive. The economic value of bees’ pollination work is almost $400 billion dollars annually and get this, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), more than $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by bees each year just in the United States alone.
Saving the bees: What you can do right now
You certainly can start by purchasing organic, local and seasonal food from ecological farms. In addition, plant a garden that’s free of pesticides and contains native vegetation that’s coupled with bee-friendly flowers or make a small home for bees (it's pretty easy and it's actually pretty rare that a bee will sting you). So while these methods certainly will help, they're only a small portion of the problem because what we really need to do is ban the use of pesticides pronto, so here's what you can do right now:
Otherwise please share this article, like, pin or tweet this sucka and help me spread the word. Or heck, be a rockstar and do all of it.
Thanks in advance!
From my sexy heart to yours,
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