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Published on March 8th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Save the Bees: The Importance of Honeybees and What You Can Do

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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!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by artdrauglis


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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



3 Responses to Save the Bees: The Importance of Honeybees and What You Can Do

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  2. Kerry says:

    Love to see people concerned about bees! Thankyou. We have bees on our property and although we have 5 acres, you can keep a small hive in the city as well. Many hotels and restraunts are keeping bees to ensure better gardens and honey for their chefs.

  3. Travis says:

    the sky is not falling. there have been many many reports showing that native bees (yeah, they exist) can replace the exotic and invasive european honeybee as those jerks start dying off. see, the exotic bees crowd out the natives and reduce their numbers. the native bees are, in fact, better at pollinating most of these plants than their exotic cousins. my only complaint about this is mead. cost of 15 lbs of honey will go up because it won’t be as easy to obtain. i’m cool with that though, it’s a fair trade. basically, everyone needs to stop worrying about the exotic honeybee. it would be similar to everyone freaking out if bush honeysuckle started dying off because “what would the songbirds eat?!?”
    here is some additional reading:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/03/060306094707.htm

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090101085030.htm

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080212192320.htm

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