What would our world look like without bees?
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion on this planet do not get the proper amount of nutrition. Honeybees contribute to the production of 1/3 of the food that we put into our mouths. In a world fighting against hunger losing our strongest allies, the honeybees, can lead to even higher rates of hunger.
- According to The Honeybee Conservancy, honeybees contribute to over $15 billion in revenue for US agriculture. Honeybees are dying off at alarming rates that can decrease that revenue that millions depend on.
- The Honeybee Conservancy's research has also identified that "Between 2015 and 2016, an estimated 44% of beekeeper colonies died. 2017 marked the year that the first bee was added to the endangered species list in the continental US. Compared to 1947, the US honey bee population has declined by 60%." These die-offs can be attributed to Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa Mites, habitat loss, climate change, and the mass use of pesticides.
What can YOU do to help?
- With a problem that seems so large, it is hard to see how you, yes you, on an individual basis can help.
- Wildflowers are some of the most vital resources for honeybees. Wildflowers come with every purchase at Bloom Clothing Company and once you plant them and take care of them, these beautiful flowers serve as a pesticide free sanctuary where honeybees can pull pollen from.
- Many neonicotinoid pesticides like Clothianidin are used on crops that contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder by killing off honeybees and affecting their neurological state. When you buy produce look for pesticide free and organically grown products to support farmers that won't harm honeybees.
- The simplest and most effective way to save the bees is to spread the word. Spread the knowledge that you know and support research efforts that focus on conservation. The Honeybee Conservancy is a wonderful non-profit that supports conservation, builds safe hives, and fosters an educational environment that concentrates on reducing hunger.