Honeybees are a crucial part of our environment, as they are the main pollinators for our crops. In fact, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture, honeybees are responsible for pollinating 80% of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of what we eat. To put this into perspective, without honeybees we wouldn’t have apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, almonds and many other fruits and veggies we heavily depend on.
Unfortunately, honeybees are dying at an alarming rate due to many reasons such as cold winters, modern day agriculture and the act of spraying crops with excessive toxic chemicals such as neonicotinoid, also known as neonic. All of these factors, mainly the pesticide neonicotinoid, are responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the name given to the epidemic that is killing off our bees.
Neonic is a coating on soy and corn seeds which protect the crops from insects. So, how is this affecting honey bees? The bees are actually absorbing the pesticides through pollination and by drinking contaminated water. Neonic neurologically impairs the bees, disorientating them, eventually causing them to abandon their hives and soon after die. CCD has swept across Canada, the United States and Europe, and is responsible for the death of a quarter of a trillion honeybees who have died prematurely in the last four years.

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If you have a garden of your own, make sure to plant some of these plants to attract bees:

  • Dahlias
  • Milkweed
  • Cosmos
  • Sunflowers
  • Sage
  • Poppies
  • Cornflowers
  • Chives
  • Onions
  • Mint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Fruit trees

Stand up against bee-killing pesticides and chemical intensive industrial agriculture by signing this (http://sos-bees.org/) petition!

 

Sources for this article include:

http://www.organicgardening.com/tags/honey-bee-menu-for-pollen-and-nectar

http://www.ckwstv.com/2014/05/29/pesticide-said-to-killing-honey-bees/

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/pesticides-likely-main-culprit-in-bee-deaths-harvard-study-1.1815859

http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/animals/bees.asp

http://www.naturalnews.com/041194_honeybees_neonicotinoids_pesticides.html#

http://www.mnn.com/local-reports/pennsylvania/local-blog/the-importance-of-honeybees#

Photo Credit: Donald Windley

 

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