Bees keep themselves busy pollinating flowers which is great for us as it means that we get to eat delicious fresh food. In fact bees are key to 1 in 5 bites of the food we eat.
Unfortunately billions of bees have been dying. Thankfully some clever folk have come up with some ideas of how we can help save the bee. Here’s the ones we liked best:
What you can do?
- 1. Learn more about bees!
- 2. Avoid using pesticides – dummies guide
- 3. Plant bee-friendly plants –list of bee friendly flowers (pdf)
- 4. Get a bee shelter – here’s one
- 5. Adopt a bee hive
- 6. Become a beekeeper – there are lots of training courses
- 7. Protect swarms – if you see one contact these guys
So let’s get buzzing, it’s not too late!
Why is this happening?
Most scientists agree that the widespread overuse of pesticides is one of the main causes. These days there are around 120 different pesticides found inside bees, wax and pollen. “We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,” said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory. The Soil Association has been trying hard to alert us for years about this.
Why are bees so important?
Other than being sort of cute, bees are one of the most effective pollinators on the planet. The honeybee pollinates crops, fruits, vegetables.. everything from apples to nuts, sunflower, coffee, soya beans, carrots and alfafa (used in cattled feed). Turns out that 1/3 of everything we eat depends on bees. Without bees we will face the collapse of the food chain!