Climate change, pesticides, and habitat loss put pollinators – and our food supply – at risk. Here’s how you can help protect pollinators.
Last week, I met one of my food heroes and teachers — Joel Salatin — the lunatic farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia. Never heard of him? Let’s fix that.
Loss of habitat is one of the major factors contributing to the mass pollinator deaths that are threatening our food future. The Open Source Beehives Project is looking to protect honeybees and other pollinators by making it easy for folks to set up bee habitats in our backyards or on our patios.
Bee expert Dave Hunter did an open Q&A on colony collapse disorder and shared some eye-opening insights.
Pest control delivered by bees may seem like a strange idea, but test studies have shown remarkable promise.
Bayer and Syngenta, two makers of neonicotinoid pesticides, want the EU ban lifted. Neonicotinoids are the class of pesticides implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder.
No only have the bees been dying in record numbers, but about the same time bees began to die in unusual ways. Beekeepers were going to a hive and find the queen, a few workers, good amounts of brood (baby bees), and plenty of honey – just no adult bees. So where had they gone and what was causing them to leave?
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.
In keeping with Honey Week here at Eat.Drink.Better, I started looking at the various ways individuals can help combat Colony Collapse Syndrome. One major impediment to the endeavor is that [ … ]