Loss of Bees is Affecting Our Food Supply

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As I sit here in my comfy, old sweats feeling the effects of a miserable cold, I sip green tea with freshly squeezed lemon and local honey. This is leading me to contemplate the plight of the honey bee and how their dwindling population will affect our food supply.

The rapid disappearance of bees over the last few years is definitely a cause for concern. Since bees pollinate flowers and about one-third of foods we grow (like fruit, nuts, and honey), it’s important to do what we can to keep them alive and well. No one is quite sure what is causing the alarming decrease in bee numbers, but there are some theories: pesticide use, loss of habitat and native wildflowers, invasive species, disease, and global climate change.

Burts Bee’s, maker of earth-friendly, natural personal care products and Haagen Dazs, maker of delicious natural ice cream, are supporting research to help save the bees. Bee sure to try one of the many bee-dependent flavors of scrumptious ice cream by Haagen Dazs. Burt’s Bees asks that you support organic farmers who don’t use pesticides. You can also sign up on their website to receive a free packet of wildflowers, so you can invite bees into your own backyard. The Heirloom Gardener recommends planting lavender, glory bushes, jasmine, rosemary, coreopsis, violets, thyme, wisteria, bluebells, trumpet vine, sunflowers, cosmos and cone flowers to attract bees.

photo by Bob Macinnes

Tag(s): Food, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, The Great Green Outdoors

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