Published on March 8th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe3
Save the Bees: The Importance of Honeybees and What You Can Do
We rely on pollinators like honey bees for much of our food supply. Honeybees alone pollinate around 30% of the food we eat. You hear a lot about the growing world population and food shortages on the horizon. While things might look dire, they will be much, much worse if we don’t act now to save the bees.
As bee populations dwindle, crop yields also decrease, and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t act. Pesticides are a major culprit behind Colony Collapse Disorder, and we need the EPA to evaluate their effects on bees and take action to protect honeybees and other pollinators.
Help Save the Bees
Slow Food USA has a petition directed at Steven P. Bradbury, Director EPA Office of Pesticide Programs. It urges EPA to look closely at the link between pesticides and Colony Collapse Disorder and to act! If you want to help out the bees, it only takes a minute to sign the petition.
They’re also urging folks to plant bee-friendly plants in their home garden. Don’t have a yard? You can still help save the bees! Even just a few bee-friendly flowers or food plants in a window box can help.
Limiting or eliminating pesticide use in and around the home can make a big difference, too. Sure, those chemicals kill roaches, spiders, and other pests, but they’re harmful to bees and other pollinators, too. Try looking into natural pest control options and consider chemicals as a last resort.
Do you guys have any tips on how to help save the bees? Share away in the comments!
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